New books by Natasha Wheatley and Richard Cockett explain how for all its apparent anachronism the Hapsburg empire, and its capital, shaped the modern world.
The age of Shakespeare, and its changing notions of what was funny, gave birth to modern comedy.
Hollywood’s golden age was born of the popularity of swords and sandals on the Victorian stage.
In the 1930s several prominent Black intellectuals visited Shanghai, bringing politics, culture and anti-colonial fervour with them.
A thief who had been dead for more than a century caused a moral panic in the theatres of Victorian London.
Not since the Middle Ages have the ancient traditions of fancy dress been so potent.
Solitude was treated with suspicion in the Middle Ages. For most people it has only been a possibility in recent times.
Puccini’s opera revealed misunderstandings and stereotypes on both sides of the East-West divide.
Studying African history through the lens of cinema.
Love and possession during the Italian economic miracle.