This Month's Magazine

Cover of the July issue
Cover of the July issue

In our July issue:

  • Conspicuous consumption: when tuberculosis was the height of fashion
  • Upheaval in the DDR
  • Taming Pocahontas
  • A history of privacy
  • Mary Elizabeth Pitt, the invisible countess
  • The monsters of the Anglo-Saxon mind

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Selected articles from this issue

Mary Elizabeth Pitt, Countess of Chatham, possibly by Edward Miles, c.1789.

Born into one of Britain’s great political dynasties and married into another, Mary Elizabeth Pitt was determined to embrace the responsibilities of a woman of her standing, despite the many obstacles in her way.

The ogre Buta Terong, from Sejarah Wayan Purwa by Hardjowirogo, 1852.

The 18th century was a turbulent period in Javanese history, when local kingdoms, Dutch traders and a mysterious Turk became embroiled in a series of bloody conflicts.

Contrasting the 'deformed' waist with that of the uncorseted one, from Health Made Easy for Young People, 1845.

During the late 18th century the physical effects of tuberculosis became the ideals of beauty for the fashionable woman.

Pocahontas, engraving by Simon de Passe, 1616.

How a story of captivity, salvation and conversion became a tool to justify Britain’s conquest of the New World. 

Columbus House on Potsdamer Platz in East Berlin burning after the demonstrations and riots, 17 June 1953. (Getty Images)

The East German Uprising of 1953 was the first major revolt to take place in the Soviet Bloc.

Ferdinand Columbus.

The second son of Christopher Columbus amassed one of the greatest collections of books and prints of the Renaissance.

Vadim Kozin.

Despite the difficulties in accessing official archival sources, the history of homophobic persecution in Russia is covered convincingly in this study.