History in the making
When we’re describing to people, we talk about it being non-partisan, reader funded, beautifully designed – and halfway between a current affairs magazine and a history book. Looking back on big events a few months after they happen gives us an interesting perspective, letting us step outside the day-to-day blur of much news reporting and identify some of the big themes that may be filling textbooks 50 years from now.
Might the history students of 2073 look back at the tail end of 2022 as the time when an epoch-making showdown over silicon chips first kicked into top gear (p014)? As the last moment the world could have averted a disastrous famine in the Horn of Africa (p028)? The period when the cracks in Germany’s post-reunification consensus were laid bare by a bizarre coup plot (p092)? Or perhaps simply as the window in which the much-admired multibillionaire Elon Musk launched a perfume that smells of burnt hair to part-fund a $44 billion company acquisition, take over as CEO and then launch an online poll asking whether he should resign (p026)?
In supporting this publication you’re helping us to write a contemporary history of the 21st century, capturing everything from the sporting triumphs of the World Cup (p106) to the view from liberated Kherson (p058) and a Sex Pistol’s tribute to fashion pioneer Vivienne Westwood (p118).
Thanks as always for your support. Enjoy the issue!
Rob and Marcus, Editors
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