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January 2021

Volume 71 Issue 1 January 2021

Cages

Execution of the Tailor-King

The bodies of Jan Bockelson, and two other leaders of the Anabaptist sect, were hung outside the church of St Lambert on 22 January 1536.



Japanese peace campaign poster produced during the Cold War, 1985.

Rules of Engagement

A study of war through the ages.



Laocoön, by El Greco, c.1610, National Gallery of Art, Washington © Bridgeman Images.

Laocoön

A warning is ignored and a city falls in El Greco’s lurid depiction.



Kaiser Wilhelm II (left) with his son, Wilhelm, German Crown Prince, during the First World War.

Backing Tyranny

The consequences of the German aristocracy’s Faustian pact.



Ben Jones

Belarus Remembers

Belarusian memory of the Second World War once helped legitimise the Lukashenka regime. Now it is undermining it. 



Young men accused in the Scottsboro rape case, Alabama, 1931 © Getty Images.

Harold Moody’s Fight for Racial Equality

The pioneer of the British civil rights movement is no less significant than his American counterparts. 



Germany

Was German Unification Inevitable?

In January 1871 Bismarck declared the German nation united. Following a tragic 20th century, Germany reunified once more in 1990. Four historians offer their perspectives on both events.



Elephant

How did the Elephant get its Trunk?

It took millennia to find out. 



Jacobus Elisa Johannes Capitein, c.1742 © Bridgeman Images.

Continental Drift

Two continents and two millennia of extraordinary African Europeans.



Drawing of Sasanian rock relief: Ardashir I (r. A.D. 224-241) and the Zoroastrian divinity Ahura Mazda at Naqsh-i Rustam, southern Iran A.D. 1860 (drawing)

The Central Problem

Surveying the world of Late Antiquity from its Persian centre.

February 2021

Volume 71 Issue 2 February 2021

Coin

The Edict of Thessalonica

On 27 February 380, divine punishment and imperial retribution were threatened for those who rejected the Nicene creed.



Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, 1920s © Bridgeman Images.

Publication of the Futurist Manifesto

Futurism was launched like a political movement on the front page of Le Figaro on 20 February 1909.



Siege of Pskov in 1581, by Karl Brioullov c. 1843. Wiki Commons/State Tretyakov Gallery.

On the Defensive

From the founding of Kiev in the ninth century through to the present, the Russian Empire has been both a predator and a victim. 



The Pancake Bakery, 1560, by Pieter Aertsen.

The Politics of Pancakes

In England, Shrove Tuesday has not just symbolised feasting, fasting and family, but riot and rebellion, too. 



St Pancras Station

Dead Ends

Travelling into the past of London’s great train stations. 



Double portrait sketch of Keats by Benjamin Haydon, 19th century

The Romantic Reputation of John Keats

On his death two centuries ago, Keats and his work looked sure to be forgotten. Why is he now so well loved?



Ostrich Fan

Tutankhamun’s Ostriches

Ungainly but fleet of foot, the flightless bird offers insights into the life of a legendary pharaoh.



Mirza Ghalib

On the Spot: Priya Satia

‘Struggles matter in and of themselves.’



Chachapoya sarcophagi, Peru.

The Story of Peru’s Cloud Warriors

What can be known about Peru’s pre-Incan civilisation? 



Venus and Mars, by Sandro Botticelli, c.1485, National Gallery, London.

Venus and Mars

Love conquers all in Botticelli’s sensuous mythological masterpiece. 

March Issue

Volume 71 Issue 3 March 2021

Dandies and Dandizettes dressing for the Easter Ball, 1819

Dedicated Followers

A thoughtful long view of men’s participation in, and consumption of, fashionable dress.



the tomb of Emperor Askia Toure at Gao, Mali. Alamy.

Fall of Africa’s Greatest Empire

The Battle of Tondibi, which resulted in the defeat of the Songhay army, took place on 13 March 1591.



Pergamon Museum

On the Spot: Katja Hoyer

 ‘Human nature always remains the same.’



Peter and Paul embracing, Byzantine mosaic, 12th century.

The Shocking Truth

The fluid and unfixed Byzantine Empire.



Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman mural at Cumilla Pourosova Park, Dharmasagar, Cumilla. Image: Wiki Commons/Shahidul Hasan Roman.

What has been the Impact of the Creation of Bangladesh?

Beginning in March 1971, the Bangladesh War of Independence led to East Pakistan becoming a new nation state. On the 50th anniversary of its outbreak, four experts assess the war’s legacy. 



President Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act in the White House, 1935. Harrison is in the white suit.

Roosevelt’s Southern Connection

Was the US president ‘dealing with the devil’ in his relationships with segregationist politicians or was his ‘the art of the possible’?



Hitler

An Odious Story

A narrative history from the peak of Hitler’s powers up to his demise.



Harvesting, ploughing and sowing, from a book of hours, Flemish, c.1540.

Our Before and After

The pandemic has created a dividing line for our time, like many others in the past.



Beowulf fights with the dragon, from Stories of Legendary Heroes, illustration by Henry Matthew Brock, c.1930.

Beowulf the Bro

A new translation finds Beowulf comfortably at home in the 21st century.



John Evelyn, by Robert Walker, 1648.

My Back Pages

Those who kept a diary in 2020 have provided a service to posterity.  

April 2021




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1. Radu Sorescu -  Petre Tutea. Viata si opera

2. Zaharia Stancu  - Jocul cu moartea

3. Mihail Sebastian - Orasul cu salcimi

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10.Mihail Sebastian - De doua mii de ani

11. George Calinescu Cartea nuntii

12. Cella Serghi Pe firul de paianjen…

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