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This Month's Magazine

Cover of the November issue.
Cover of the November issue.

In our November issue:

  • 1918: year of victory and defeat
  • When the men came marching home
  • Life in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Lenin, the Machiavellian Marxist
  • Mental illness in the 19th century
  • Tyrants and robots in Ancient Greece
  • Snoopy’s war

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Selected articles from this issue

German stormtroops depicted in ‘Either … Or …’, from the magazine Simplicissimus, August 1918. Illustration by Eduard Thöny.

When the Great War broke out in 1914, the German imperial army was regarded as the finest fighting force on earth. Just four years later, it was crushed by Britain and its allies.

Armistice celebrations  in London, 11 November 1918.

Having survived the rigours of the Great War, soldiers faced the return to civilian life. For some, it presented an even greater challenge.

Talos of Crete

Autocrats have deployed automatons as weapons since antiquity, not just in myth but in reality. 

Lenin working in the Kremlin, 1918

The leader of the Soviet Revolution was an armed prophet who adopted the characteristics of the lion and the fox.

Alexander Morison by Richard Dadd, 1852.

Caring for the mentally ill in Victorian Britain was hard, unrewarding and dangerously unregulated. Alexander Morison tried to improve things for both the unwell and their carers.

Winfarthing pendant, early seventh century, found in a woman's grave in Norfolk, 2015.

Often lost behind stories of kings, queens, bishops and saints, what was life like for an Anglo-Saxon woman below the upper ranks of society?

Court shoes of ‘Mrs Broughton Rowse’, in kid leather with silk rosettes, c.1790s.

The story of silk, which connected the world with a thread.