Volume: 41 Issue: 9
Babbage’s Difference Engine and the mechanical pre-history of computing.
Peter Clarke breathes a sigh of relief that the 'inevitable triumph of Labour' view of 20th-century British history is being replaced by one both more pluralist and more appreciative of its idiosyncratic achievements.
John Bossy has painstakingly reconstructed from clues and evidence, a hitherto untold story of intellectual intrigue, spying and double-cross in Elizabethan England. In the 1580s, during the most tense period of the cold war between Elizabeth I's Protestant England and Philip II's Catholic Spain, an Italian philosopher and intellectual lived quietly in London as a lodger with the French ambassador, writing among other things, about Copernicus' new theory of the universe. But men of letters may not be always what they seem...
Richard Cavendish looks at the BALH, a national body set up to promote the popular subject of local history.
Ann Hills on fishing tales from Hawaii
The Hudson's Bay Company was one of the central forces moulding the development of the vast tracts of land that today are Canada - but as Barry Gough explains here, the circumstances of its launch in 1670 also reveal much about the commercial forces, personalities and rivalries of Restoration England.
Milton Goldin compares American philanthropy past and present.
Penelope Johnston describes China's revered North American hero
David Marquand cautions against too pat a 'winners and losers' interpretation of recent history, while asserting that a role remains for theory as opposed to narrow empiricism.
Our boys over there? Mark Ellis looks at how America's black newspapers and population reacted to US involvement in the First World War and at the steps the government took to try and ensure a favourable press.
New insights in Celtic history in Europe
The story of Michael Faraday, the genius of electricity, is very much a classic tale of the rise from obscure origins to scientific eminence. But as Frank James notes, an important chapter was the commercial work Faraday did for the army and navy in order to secure his freedom to pursue pure research.
David Lowenthal looks at how landscape has shaped and reflects the English view of themselves.