This Month's Magazine

Cover of the June issue.
Cover of the June issue.

In the June issue:

  • Inside the medieval brothel
  • Has democracy had its day?
  • The start of the Cold War
  • The life of Max Weber
  • When the Romans met the Christians
  • Richard III’s counsellors
  • Antisemitism and the Labour Party
  • The Anglo-Afghan War of 1919

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Selected articles from this issue

The Acropolis of Athens by Leo von Klenze.

The worst kind of government – apart from all the others – faces increasingly tough challenges. Four leading historians consider its future.

Pliny the Younger, 19th-century engraving.

What was it like for a Roman to encounter a Christian for the first time? As the Empire reached its greatest extent, Pliny the Younger found himself face-to-face with members of the new religious group.

A group of armed Afghans in the Khyber Pass, c.1910.

Against the odds, the Third Anglo-Afghan War led to Afghanistan’s independence.

Late 16th century portrait, housed in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The story of Richard III’s lieutenants, William Catesby, Sir Richard Ratcliffe and Francis, Viscount Lovell, is one of intrigue, death and a mysterious disappearance.

‘Workers, Citizens, Farmers, Soldiers of all Classes of Germany, Unite in the National Assembly’, poster by Cesar Klein for the elections of January 1919.

‘Politics as a Vocation’, a speech made in 1919 by the German sociologist Max Weber, can lay claim to being one of the most influential political statements of the 20th century. Amid global crisis and uncertainty, it remains as relevant as ever.

Berliners on the outskirts of Tempelhof Airfield during the airlift, July 1948.

Just two years after victory in the most murderous war in history, the divisions between the Soviet Union and the Western powers became unbridgeable. 

Abraham von Kiduna received by the host of a brothel, German woodcut, 1477.

What was life like for medieval prostitutes? A case in the German town of Nördlingen reveals a hellish world of exploitation and violence.

Dr Johnson and his friends, 19th-century engraving.

Meet the members of the 18th-century’s most illustrious club.