Reviews

Alcibiades being taught by Socrates, by François-André Vincent, 1776.

An idiosyncratic introduction to the Classical world will delight the Oscar-winning scriptwriter’s many admirers, but perhaps not newcomers.  

Pigasus, the ‘Presidential Candidate’ for the Youth International Party, is ‘arrested’ in New York, 23 August 1968.

A fascinating, multi-authored study seeks to make sense of a momentous, tragic year.

Henry VIII’s granddaughter survived numerous scandals, family tragedy and seven monarchs. 

‘Blowing mutinous Sepoys from the guns’, India, 1858.

The story of the skull of a victim of the Indian Uprising of 1857 raises profound questions about imperialism.  

The death of Brutus following the Battle of Philippi, 19th-century engraving.

A meticulously researched, beautifully written biography of Julius Caesar’s high-minded assassin.

Menorah from the King’s Bible by Isaac ben Judah of Toulouse, 1384.

The function, history and symbolism of the menorah from deep antiquity to its use as the emblem of the state of Israel.

The Siege and Destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans Under the Command of Titus, AD 70, by David Roberts.

A visually arresting look at the minutiae of centuries of everyday Jewish life.

Muslim refugees leaving Delhi for Pakistan, 26 September 1947

An analytical view of the traumatic Partition offers fresh perspectives on the devastating human cost. 

Anti-Nuclear Power Protest in New York, 9 October 1979.

An invigorating take on the Cold War reveals the views of Russian scientists, politicians and senior military figures.

The frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society, 1667.

A microhistory offers new insights into the creation of the Royal Society amid the intellectual brilliance of Restoration England.