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Golden years

In Rio, records will fall and reputations will be made. But are the Olympics losing their ability to inspire?

Residents of the Brookside Trailer Park in Sonoma, California, two of the subjects of photographer David Waldorf’s 2015 project ‘Life Inside a Trailer Park’
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America’s white backlash

Poor whites have long been derided and disenfranchised in their own country — as have their black counterparts. So why can’t they find common ground?

The Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman conquest of England in 1066
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Britain and Europe: the ties that bind

2016 and all that — Margaret MacMillan on why the UK’s history cannot be disentangled from that of its continental neighbours

British reinforcements moving up towards Martinpuich September 1916
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Stories of the Somme

A century on, historians are beginning to unpick the mythology of the battle

Do central banks cause crises?

Philip Augar on three books that question the institutions at the heart of the financial system

Music in the age of the algorithm

We now have instant access to almost any song. Could our tastes be narrowing as a result?

Honoré Daumier’s ‘Don Quixote’ (c1865-70)
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‘Don Quixote’ then and now

Four centuries after Cervantes’ death, we can see the novel as a response to a media revolution that in some ways mirrors our own

The battle for Europe

As Britain prepares to vote on EU membership, both friends and enemies of the project agree that it is in trouble

The race to save the information age

We are producing more knowledge than ever before but preserving only a fraction of it. How much will be left for future generations?

‘What is our life?’, by Sir Walter Raleigh

From ‘English Renaissance Poetry: A Collection of Shorter Poems’