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The last 150 years have seen a chequered but eventually triumphant reintegration of Jews into a society whose heritage they helped to mould, says C.C. Aronsfeld

The routes and reasons of historical pilgrims

Penelope Johnston takes a look back on the dinosaur age.

One of history's little ironies - a period piece of First World War propaganda from a curious source which rebounded on its author.

Christmas is a time for children... an adage the Middle Ages took literally by promoting choir boys into bishops at ceremonies linked to the festive season.

70 years ago the massed tank battle of Cambrai ushered in the transformation of the mythology, imagery and practice of conventional land warfare.

The first of the Romantic historians or a disgruntled propagandist of counter-revolution? Jeremy Black investigates how far Edmund Burke was a child of his times and had a political rather than an academic vocation.

Ian Bradley examines the driving forces behind the crofters' attacks on the deer forests of Skye and Lewis.

Christian king or swashbuckling hero? The immense popularity of King Arthur in medieval romance gave considerable scope for a range of images.

Is there a direct link between Julius Caesar, the Rome of the 1st century BC and a medieval world map in Hereford Cathedral? Peter Wiseman investigates the origins and purpose of one of the Age of Chivalry's exhibits.

Jonathan Alexander, the organiser of an exhibition on English Gothic Art at the Royal Academy, outlines its contents and objectives.

Juliet and Malcolm Vale trace through the web of secular status and religious instincts that made up the codes of conduct of English chivalry.

Janet Backhouse explores the Illuminated Books of Gothic England.

The formidable intellectual challenge to the English church by Wyclif and the pastoral work of his followers challenged the hitherto unquestioned acceptance of clerical authority and opened the door to individual judgement and conscience in religious matters.

'Revisionism' has now become a historian's catch-phrase. Long-cherished interpretations of upheavals in British and European history have been re-examined. In this light, Glyn Redworth examines revisionist interpretations of the English Reformation.

David Starkey looks at what impresses the contemporary visitor to Henry VIII's palaces

Questions are raised about the death of men in John Franklin’s 1845 Arctic expedition.

Sarah Jane Evans investigates an array of events as the British Australia Bicentennial approaches.

Personal persuasion and the hope of maintaining a Scottish identity encouraged emigrants to a better life in 1870s Canada - but their experiences on arrival were far from Utopian.

Paul Dukes takes a look back on the Russian Revolution.

Rebel without a cause? Paul Cartledge probes whether the chequered career of one of fifth-century Athens' most famous sons reveals more about conflicting codes of loyalty than just the machinations of a turncoat.

Annette Bingham reports on an environmental project in Sri Lanka.

Chris Durston records how the monstrous and the supernatural were seized on by political and religious factions in seventeenth century England as signs of judgment.

A myth for all seasons - the treatment through the centuries of Spain's medieval hero as a blend of Robin Hood and King Arthur provides revealing insights into the political needs of both his contemporary and more recent biographers.

Esmond Wright examines the American constitution and its workings after two centuries.

Keith Nurse examines a collection of Indian art at the Powis Castle in Wales.

Christopher Chippindale looks into the religious world of the Turin Shroud.

Jack N. Rakove tells how 'the miracle at Philadelphia' was an amalgam of high principles and backroom wheeler-dealing, to provide safeguards for the smaller states.

Philip Mansel pays tribute to the Musée Napoleon Premier.

Fresh air, sexual liberation, manual work and socialism was the heady brew offered by the leading exponent of anti-Establishment attitudes at the end of the Victorian era.

An examination of an archaeological site in the Lincolnshire village of Fulbeck, by Dymphana Byrne.

Terence Mirabelli investigates why Syria is losing an archaeological site.

Ian R. Mitchell examines the museums of East and West Germany which provide contrasting views to German history.

R.J.A.Wilson accounts for the making of Roman Britain.

A look at the Georgian Group, who campaign for the protection of ancient buildings.

Dymphna Byrne explores two magnificent museums situated in Durham.

Philip Collins argues that Dickens' writing reflects not only a marvellous rapport with a cross-section of Victorian society but an integration of populism with a concern for 'the raising up of those that are down.'

The equation of sound money and balanced budgets with moral probity became difficult to maintain once the high point of 'laissez-faire' had been reached in Gladstone's mid-Victorian financial policies.

Keith Nurse on an urban archaeological undertaking in Blackfriars Bridge, London

Ann Hills looks at the impact of the Derbyshire Historic Building Trust

The Argentinian writer Borges described the combatants in the Falklands War as being like 'two bald men fighting over a comb.' But thirty years before, Britain and Argentina nearly came to blows over territory far more remote and inhospitable.

Paul Rich describes how the aggressive imperialism of the late Victorian age co-existed uneasily with the intellectual search for English 'roots' in a pre-industrial and mythical past.

‘England… requires markets more than colonies.’ Mary Kingsley’s espousal of the African cause was founded on the empathy between second-class citizens in a white, male-dominated society, as Deborah Birkett reveals.

Ann Hills on how Korea’s rich history is displayed.

'Stirring up divine discontent' by education to effect a transformation of the social order became the credo of one of Victorian Christian Socialism's most colourful characters, far outpacing the more temperate aims of its founders.

The recent recovery of large quantities of porcelain from the South China seas highlights eighteenth-century Europe's insatiable desire for tableware from the Orient.

'... a kind of Ken Livingstone of his day'. Britain's great imperialist made his early reputation as a civic radical, promoting public control of local amenities such as water and gas.

Jeremy Black examines the claim that Louis XV may have used contraception.

David Braund takes a look over the latest collection of books on the Roman age.

Lost illusions and gung-ho patriotism have both featured prominently in Hollywood’s reaction to the Vietnam War, but not to date some of the more unpleasant aspects of the conflict.

A passion for self-improvement and enriched opportunity mark Lovett out as an archetypal Victorian – far more than a mere Chartist agitator.

Nicholas Orme shows how Catholic and Protestant reformers alike campaigned rigorously against medieval attitudes to prostitution which were far less restrictive and oppressive than is often supposed.

Ann Hills examines the reconstruction of Singapore's 19th-century buildings to accommodate tourism.

Despite the aspirations of Disraeli and others for 'one nation', the dynamics and disparities of Victorian society inexorably sharpened the sense of class identity and its verbal expression.

'Where's there's muck, there's money'...but there was also culture and patronage of the arts in nineteenth-century Manchester and Leeds. By Janet Wolff And Caroline Arscott.

Michael Burleigh charts the career of one of the pillars of the German scholarly establishment under the Third Reich an invaluable middle-man in 're-educating' his pupils and massaging research to suit Nazi ideology.

Felix Barker keeps an open mind about speculation on the burial place of King Arthur.

The unlikely setting of the East London suburb of Walthamstow was a centre for the infant British cinema industry at the turn of the century. Margaret O'Brien and Julia Holland chart its course, aided by interviews with and recollections of local people, many of whom were involved as 'extras' in the early silent films.

Penelope Corfield finds that economic progress and new self-awareness in language and gesture disturbed the tranquility of the ‘Age of Elegance'.

Service to the Crown might bring hereditary office and a title for the upwardly mobile of Louis X/V's France, but not acceptance by the traditional 'aristocracy of the sword'. Close scrutiny reveals attempts to incorporate a new breed of noble into an essentially static society.

'Beyond the pale' - the imperialists' vision of the Irish as ignoble savages originated in the attitudes and writings of medieval Englishmen.

The newly-found voices of the slaves caught up in the American Civil War, and heard through letters to their families, are a testimony to their tenacity and unity in the struggle for emancipation.

Buying and selling with our 'kith and kin' was the hallmark of an intensive inter-war campaign for the idea of Empire.

'Take but degree away... and hark what discord follows' was a Tudor and Stuart commonplace but the neatness and fixity of what we think of as their social order is a creation of historians.

Jack-of-all-trades and master of a period of English history which he both lived through and epitomised.

The symbols, slogans, ideas and architecture of the Founding Fathers were saturated in the world of Ancient Greece and Rome.

The hubris of Louis XI's Constable produced his nemesis against a background of incipient French nationalism and a growing royal sense of 'majesty'.

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Egypt after the Pharaohs, 332BC- AD642, from Alexander to the Arab Conquest

Alan K. Bowman

264 pp. (British Museum Publications, 1986)

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