A trade caravan passing the Isle of Graia in the Gulf of Akabah, Arabia Petraea, 1839.

The origins of globalisation can be found in the deep past.

Having a laugh: an English family at morning tea in Simla, India, 1871.

The promise of exotic thrills in distant lands built up expectations which inevitably collided with a mundane reality.

Kafka in 1906.

For many, Kafka is not only representative of the modern age, but its foremost prophet.

Voluptuous: the Venus of Willendorf, c.28,000-25,000 BC.

A cultural history of fat.

Llannerch, Denbighshire, Wales, c.1667, unknown artist.

Four centuries of horticultural endeavours in the modest plots of the ‘lower orders’. 

Denis Diderot.

The trials and tribulations of Denis Diderot.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, designed by Peter Eisenman and inaugurated in 2005.

A long and detailed challenge to the modern cult of memory.

From Heimat: A German Family Album, Nora Krug, 2018.

The question of the responsibility of the ‘everyman’ and ‘everywoman’ remains a pressing one.

Sculpture of Agrippina crowning her young son Nero (c. 54–59 AD)

On the women who made imperial Rome.

Lithograph of Kandahar by Lieutenant James Rattray, 1848.

The story of Afghanistan from the 13th century until the present illuminates why the international intervention that began in 2001 failed to deliver.