Politics+Society

Books

Faith in ferment

Whatever its connotations, medieval represents half the Christian story to date. Kevin Madigan provides an excellent look at these long centuries.

Books

Restless Empire, by Ian Barnes

This beautiful book tells the story of Russia through maps, beginning with the Slavic migrations from 900 to 500 BCE and ending with what the author calls the “Shadow Empire” of the Russian Federa­tion and the assertions of Vladimir Putin that parts of Moldova and Ukraine constitute a “New Russia.” In between, maps show the shifting boundaries of empires, the roles of serfs and Jews, and the wa