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Volume: 48 Issue: 5

Contents of History Today, May 1998

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Ian Fitzgerald looks forward to the restoration of Augustus' tomb in Rome.

As Britain prepares to receive the Emperor Akihito on his first state visit, we look at two aspects of the relationship between Japan’s past and its present. In this...

Assessing Channel 4’s four-part drama Mosley, Paul Martin questions the role of the fascist bogeyman in our national consciousness.

Richard Cavendish remembers the death of a prizefighter, on May 11th 1848

Richard Cavendish describes the events leading up to the execution of the Florentine friar Savonarola, on May 23rd, 1498.

Richard Cavendish describes the formation of the state of Israel, proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, on May 14th, 1948.

Gavan McCormack analyses the attempts by the Japanese nation to deal with its uncomfortable past.

The monastery was the focus of the local community in many medieval towns. Emma Mason describes the way of life of the monks and the young people in their care in...

Poland is the only country in the world to invoke Napoleon in its national anthem. Andrzej Nieuwazny explains how Bonaparte has retained a hold over Polish...

The Battle of Marathon has long been presented as the decisive moment at which Greeks led by the newly democratic Athenians gained the upper hand over the despotic...

Trevor Fischer takes a second look at the Victorian prime minister's fascination with street-walkers.

Extracts from the remarkable diary of an English-born bank clerk, stranded in the Afrikaner stronghold of the Orange Free State during the Boer War. Edited by...

John Breuilly looks at the attempt to create a German nation-state and how it foundered on the questions of national minorities, border disputes, shared sovereignty...

Jackie Guy journeys down the revolutionary roads of North and South Carolina.

Pamela Tudor-Craig recounts a tale of two Emerald Portraits of Christ - one carved on an altarpiece commissioned by James II, the other on a plum stone of Charles I...


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