Who's Who

Volume: 49 Issue: 9

Paul Dukes welcomes the current boom in historical fiction - but says novelists need to ground their stories in a soil of solid fact.

C.S.L. Davies writes an obituary of the social historian.

Christopher Harvie examines Scottish cultural identity since the Act of Union, and argues that writers and intellectuals have been the real keepers of the national flame.

Simon Fowler describes the huge upsurge in charity work in Britain in the First World War, concluding that it was an important way of uniting the nation behind the war effort.

Richard O. Collin tells the story of Italy’s parallel police forces, and how they have contended with Mussolini, the Red Brigades – and the Mafia.

Tony Aldous on the changes afoot for a historic area of south London in Millennium Year and beyond.

Mao Zedong was elected Chairman of the Central People's Government on September 30th, 1949.

Peter Catterall dives into the history of the alphabet soup in which electoral reform has become enmired.

The sorry history of ethnic conflict in the Balkans, concluding that forgeign intervention has needlessly fanned the flames of nationalism.

Clarissa Campbell Orr explains the recent revival in the history of courts, from those of the Byzantine emperors to that of Hitler.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of September 22nd, 1499.

The wrongly-convicted French officer was pardoned by the president on September 19th, 1899.

Toby Osborne looks back over the career of Van Dyck, on the 400th anniversary of his death.

Stewart Binns introduces the new series which uses colour film footage found of the conflict.

Loyd Grossman explains how a gifted teacher from Maine inspired his love of the past, and encouraged him to plunge his hands into a mixing bowl of Plaster of Paris.

Nigel Saul explores the deposition of Richard II, arguing that the king’s malice and misrule forced Henry Bolingbroke to destroy him.

On June 13th the historian, Walter Rodney, died in a car explosion in Georgetown. Mystery surrounds his death, with the Guyanan regime claiming he was killed by a bomb which he intended to throw at a prison in order to release men arrested on treason charges.

Historians concerned with modern British political history have long complained that there is a bias against studying Tory politics and Tory politicians, and it is something of a standing joke that the opposite is true. If anything, a disproportionate share of scholarly works have appeared on the Conservative Party; and their number grows all the time.

Spain's Men of the Sea: Daily Life on the Indies Fleet in the Sixteenth Century, Pablo E. Perez-Mallaina, Johns Hopkins University Press, xiii+289pp £25 ISBN 0-8018-5746-5

Sailors: English Merchant Seamen, 1650-1775, Peter Earle, Methuen, xii + 259 £16.99 ISBN 0-413-68840-2

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