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In this issue:

  • What happened to the families that pirates left behind?
  • The history of dyslexia
  • A world revealed: Islamic heartlands of the 18th-century
  • Lucie Delarue-Mardrus and the Parisian golden age
  • A pivotal moment in the Cold War
  • The bitter roots of sexual exploitation
  • A new twist on imperialism

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Selected articles from this issue

By Rebecca Simon

Pirates captured by an increasingly powerful British state were routinely executed. But what happened to the families they left behind?

By Gagan D.S. Sood

The chance survival of a ‘postbag’ of letters reveals a lost world of merchants, pilgrims, bankers and scholars.

By Philip Kirby

‘Word blindness’ was a recognised condition more than a century ago. But it was not until the 1970s that it began to be accepted by the medical establishment.

Empire 1.0: Florence Preston drives in the last peg of the Uganda Railway.

By Paul Lay

Though much of the West has withdrawn from empire, one of the world’s rising powers offers the latest twist on imperialism.  

Unremitting: The Rape  of Lucretia, by Alessandro Varotari, 17th century.

By Suzannah Lipscomb

Sexual exploitation by powerful men has a long history. Will it ever end?

If the shoe fits: Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, illustration by Arthur Rackham, 1919.

By Alexander Lee

Historians set great store by what people heard in the past, but what about those things they misheard? 

By Kate Wiles

A map of the Japanese city from the Edo period was one of the earliest produced for general use. 

Brooke, with his wife, arrives home in North London, 24 July 1969

By Chris Bissell

Gerald Brooke’s time in a Soviet prison was a pivotal moment in Cold War espionage.

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus, c.1905.

By Sophia L. Deboick

Lucie Delarue-Mardrus was at the heart of daring interwar Paris, where she used her influence to defend those left behind by ‘progress’.

By Daniel Beer

The historian of Russia on Dostoevsky, Foucault and sympathy for the Bolsheviks.