How Much For An Elephant?
Andrew Chapman | Histories | 5th August 2022
Tales of Charles Jamrach, a 19C dealer in wild animals in London's East End, as remembered by his local vicar, Reverend Harry Jones. "You pay £200 for a royal tiger, and £300 for an elephant. You may possibly buy a lion for £70. I suppose that there is no other place in the world where a domesticated parson could ring his bell and send his servant round the corner to buy a lion" (1,200 words)
Impresario Of Revolution
Catherine Merridale | Engelsberg Ideas | 5th August 2022
Intriguing sketch of Alexander Helpland, a Minsk-born bit-player in the Russian Revolution but perhaps a crucial one. Helpland charmed Trotsky, made a small fortune publishing Gorki in Germany, made a larger fortune dealing arms in World War One, then persuaded the German foreign ministry to bankroll his scheme to overturn the Tsars by exporting Lenin to Russia in a sealed train (2,100 words)
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