February 2017

A century on, historians tackle the big questions of the 1917 Russian Revolution.


Chris Bowlby examines the historical basis of today’s conflict in Syria, while Jeffrey Lee explores the life and legacy of treacherous medieval crusader Raymond III of Tripoli.

Elsewhere, Pankaj Mishra talks to Tom Holland about his new book, The Age of Anger: A History of the Present, which explores the roots of 21st-century rage.

Robert Twigger follows in the footsteps of an epic historical journey across the Himalayas, and we explore the global city of Cape Town.


Plus, an eye-witness account of the 1944 Normandy landings and an in-depth look at 1977, this issue’s ‘year in pictures’.