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How do writers and citizens in the different countries of the world view their own past? What key events and influences shaped those perspectives? And how accurate are the views from foreign commentators? In 'Histories of Nations' leading writers and scholars from 28 countries give thoughtful, engaging accounts of their own nations history. Read an exclusive introductory extract here.

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Author Interviews

The Man Who Changed the Way the World Looked

11 Jun, 2019

In the House of Dior’s 70th anniversary year, 'Dior Catwalk' brought together for the first time all the collections, from Christian Dior’s first spectacular show in 1947 to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut in 2017. Adélia Sabatini, editor and co-author with Alexander Fury, talks about the detective work involved in unearthing rare photographs and the ways in which Dior’s iconic New Look has been interpreted by the couturier’s successors.

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A unique portrait of the Château of Versailles, including 250 previously unseen images from the archives of the palace's four official photographers.

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Alice Hawkins is a photographer: fashion is just part of what she does, combining it with other elements to produce something different, a celebration of her subjects that gives them ‘a platform to speak to the world’. Armed with wit and her remarkable blonde hair, Alice shoots for publications including 'POP', 'LOVE', 'i-D', 'Ponystep', 'Garage' and 'Vogue'.

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Nine years after Olafur Eliasson’s acclaimed, and now legendary, installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, 'The Weather Project', 2003, the Danish-Icelandic artist created a serenely confident site-specific art work entitled 'Your Glacial Expectations', 2012.

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Features

Polaroid – A Different Pencil

11 Jun, 2019

Polaroid’s enduring appeal is more about art than snaps. Put to use by David Bowie, Dennis Hopper and David Hockney, yesterday’s technology has made a lasting impression.

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Charles Saumarez Smith, who has lived in East London since the early 1980s, invites you to join him on his explorations, which are both historical and geographical, describing the unique character of spaces and places new and old.

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Drawn from the British Museum's rich collection, 'Places of the Mind' is the first exhibition devoted to British landscape drawings and watercolours. Here we celebrate 60 works that have never before been either exhibited or published.

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Author Interviews

Patrick Baty Talks Paints and Pigments

15 Jul, 2020

Historic interiors consultant and author of 'Anatomy of Colour' Patrick Baty explains how paint can reveal the secrets of a building’s past.

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Videos

In Conversation: Edward Burtynsky

11 Jun, 2019

Author, lecturer and curator, William A. Ewing, talks to the celebrated photographer, Edward Burtynsky, about his working methods and the breathtaking imagery in his book 'Essential Elements'.

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