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contents march 2022 • issue 505

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

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diary 1 Joanna Kavenna the state we’re in 6 Richard V Reeves

Liberalism and Its Discontents Francis Fukuyama 8 Sarah Harper

Tomorrow’s People: The Future of Humanity in Ten Numbers Paul Morland 9 Richard Vinen

A Duty of Care: Britain Before and After Covid Peter Hennessy biography 10 John Adamson

Maria Theresa: The Habsburg Empress in Her Time Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger 13 David Abulafia

Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan Felipe Fernández-Armesto 14 Frances Cairncross

The Global Merchants: The Enterprise and Extravagance of the Sassoon Dynasty Joseph Sassoon 16 Levi Roach

The Dark Queens: A Gripping Tale of Power, Ambition and Murderous Rivalry in Early Medieval France Shelley Puhak art 18 Charles Darwent

Bacon in Moscow James Birch high table 20 Richard Davenport-Hines

Not Far From Brideshead: Oxford Between the Wars Daisy Dunn 21 Cathy Mason

Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life Clare Mac Cumhaill & Rachael Wiseman • The Women are up to Something Benjamin J B Lipscomb spirit of place 23 Gillian Tindall

Shadowlands: A Journey Through Lost Britain Matthew Green 24 Philip Parker

Extreme North: A Cultural History Bernd Brunner sex & sexuality 26 Julian Baggini

A History of Masculinity: From Patriarchy to Gender Justice Ivan Jablonka • What Do Men Want?: Masculinity and Its Discontents Nina Power

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