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february 2019 • issue 472

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack General Assistant Michael Delgado Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 1 Allan Massie

history 6 David Abulafia

The Map of Knowledge: How Classical Ideas Were Lost & Found – A History in Seven Cities Violet Moller 7 Graham Seal

A Supernatural War Owen Davies 9 Norman Stone

The World after the War Derek Leebaert • Lords of the Desert James Barr 10 Timothy W Ryback

Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution & the Quest for Justice Mary Fulbrook 12 Tim Blanning

Time and Power: Visions of History in German Politics, from the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich Christopher Clark

art 14 Helen Hackett

Nicholas Hilliard Elizabeth Goldring 16 Philipp Blom

Vienna 1900 Complete Christian Brandstätter, Daniela Gergori & Rainer Metzger

the state we’re in 18 Andrew Hussey

Twilight of the Elites: Prosperity, the Periphery, & the Future of France Christophe Guilluy 19 Michael Burleigh

Empires of the Mind: The Colonial Past & the Politics of the Present Robert Gildea 20 Robert Mayhew

The Human Tide Paul Morland • Empty Planet Darrell Bricker & John Ibbitson 21 Roy Greenslade

Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution Jill Abramson

biography 22 John Gray

Eric Hobsbawm: A Life in History Richard J Evans 24 Blair Worden

William Penn: A Life Andrew R Murphy 25 Catherine Brown

Teffi: A Life of Letters & of Laughter Edythe Haber