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This Month's Magazine

Cover of the May issue.
Cover of the May issue.

In the May issue:

  • Why Japan stopped fighting
  • Menstruation and the Holocaust
  • Mods vs. Rockers: Britain’s first youthquake
  • The spread of knowledge in the medieval world
  • Touching God in the Middle Ages
  • Fears of a Fourth Reich
  • What’s the point of petitions?
  • Jamaica’s taste of liberty

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Selected articles from this issue

Skinheads, Piccadilly Circus, 1969.

Teenagers were agents of change in 1960s Britain, but the birth of youth movements such as the Mods was heavily indebted to the multicultural society from which they grew.

Untitled drawing by Nina Jirsikovà, 1941.

Periods are a fact of life, but little talked about. How did women in the concentration camps cope with the private being made public in the most dire and extreme circumstances?

Infantrymen of Japan’s Self-Defence Forces parading in Tokyo, 3 November 1966.

After a disastrous Second World War, Japan abolished its armed forces and embraced pacifism. With renewed tensions in East Asia, can it last?

‘The Bath’, from Valerius Maximus’ Facta et dicta memorabilia, 15th century, French.

In the medieval period you could touch the divine – and smell it, see it, hear it and taste it, sometimes all at once.

The oldest complete copy of Euclid’s The Elements, Greek, by Stephanos the Clerk, AD 888.

The medieval world was incredibly learned, but how did its great bank of knowledge spread – from Classical Greece to the libraries of the East and from there to the bookshelves of England?