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Issue 28 September 1997

Blair has a hard act to follow, according to Robert Pearce's assessment of the architect of the previous Labour landslide in 1945.

Richard Bellamy demonstrates the contemporary relevance of an eighteenth-century debate.  

Jeremy Black shows how historical atlases have for centuries recorded more than objective fact.

Graham Darby argues that the Bolshevik success of 1917 was rooted in the failings of the Provisional Government and the aspiration of ordinary people.

John Plowright reconsiders a lost leader and the battle he won to maintain public order.  

Michael Mullett looks at the contradictory attitudes and mixed achievements of a courageous reformer.

Geoffrey Treasure reassesses a tarnished reputation.