The Forum

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Discover world history, culture and ideas with today’s leading experts

The Italian artist’s unique understanding of science and the natural world
A war on the board - one of the oldest strategy games in the world
Jules Verne's classic adventure novel
Exploring the life and legacy of France’s revolutionary emperor
The unique allure of spices that preyed on emotion and taste, and powered whole Empires
Tove Jansson was the Finnish-Swedish author and illustrator best known for the Moomins.
Getting under the skin of the discovery which made pain-free operations possible
The secretive Armenian financier who shaped petroleum production for decades
Daniel Defoe’s classic adventure story
Life and works of the man who transformed Chinese literature.
A source of music, spiritual power and oral literature
The Top of the World Jan. 31, 2019
The history of the North Pole as both a place on the map and in our imaginations.
The Heel and the Sneaker Jan. 24, 2019
A history of footwear
The Spanish artist Francisco Goya, whose work explored the darker side of human nature
The classic play from Ancient Greece about civil disobedience
One of Russia’s favourite novels that combines magical fantasy with dark political satire
What's your brew? Friendly microbes making our fare tastier
The birth of the secular republic of Turkey from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire
The Russian writer who exposed the grim, nightmarish world of Soviet forced labour camps
How British and US intelligence agencies helped oust Iran’s leader Mohammad Mossadeq