This Month’s Magazine

In the August issue:

The Battle of Stalingrad, Norman Conquest, Executions in the Renaissance, Henrietta Maria, Trade Unions and Fascists, Puerto Rico, Goethe.

Plus: reviews, opinion, crossword and much more!

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August 2022

SELECTED ARTICLES FROM THIS ISSUE

Law of the Land

What relevance do the Norman Conquest and the events of 1066 have to contemporary British politics? Everything and nothing.

Violent Ends

Early modern methods of execution were carefully calculated to inflict shame upon the condemned. 

The Unbreakable City

The Battle of Stalingrad began in August 1942, subjecting its residents to months of living hell. But few doubted that the city was worth defending; its significance to the Soviet project made it too important to abandon.

The Hogen Mogen Princess

Dismissed as ‘high and mighty’ and accused of pushing Charles I towards civil war, Henrietta Maria was a deft military mover – perhaps more so than the king himself.

Pirate Voyage

When Blackshirts took over an Italian ship and headed for Cardiff, trade unions held a boycott in what was the first British protest against fascism.

Turkey and Europe’s Difficult History

Once described as a ‘slow-motion car crash’, relations between Turkey – or Türkiye – and the rest of Europe have often been defined by suspicion and mistrust. Do historical grievances define the country’s relationship with Europe?

We are Family

From alliances, to open warfare; from tense meetings on bridges, to collective mourning at family funerals: French and English royalty were united by marriage and divided by war.

Kali

The mother goddess brings death and destruction – to those who deserve it. 

Explicit Content

Rude words are a constant, but their ability to cause offence is in flux. Historians should know their flim-flam from their fiddle-faddle

Bad Dreams

Divining disaster at Aberfan and beyond, in subjects from nocebos to lost cosmonauts.

The 51st State?

Puerto Rico’s future might be statehood, independence or more of the status quo, but change is unlikely to be won through voting alone. 

Mare Nostrum?

A Mediterranean within the Mediterranean? Exploring the Adriatic as a single historical space.