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On June 2nd 1619, a treaty was signed between England and Holland, regulating trade in the East between the English and Dutch East India Companies. Huw V. Bowen asks whether the Company was one of the ‘most powerful engines’ of state and empire in British history.

The most gifted, vivid and extraordinary of the medieval Holy Roman Emperors died on December 13th, 1250.

Tony Aldous looks at a new history of British theatres

Joseph Needham, one of the twentieth century’s most remarkable scholars, was born on December 9th, 1900.

Simon Thurley, Director of the Museum of London, describes the discovery at the bottom of his garden that changed his life.

The brilliant inventor and engineer William George Armstrong died on December 27th, 1900, aged ninety.

The ancient town of Zeugma, now flooded by the damned Euphrates

Colin Spencer introduces the new Cambridge World History of Food

Martin Johnes and Iain McLean examine the political aftermath of the Aberfan disaster.

Eric Ives looks at the cases of two English monarchs who broke with convention by selecting spouses for reasons of the heart, rather than political convenience.

Asa Briggs completes our Portrait of Britain series with a survey of the islands at the beginning of the 20th century.

Jenny Bryce asks why the Americans introduced the 18th Amendment when the historical evidence suggested it was doomed to failure. This essay won the Julia Wood prize in 2000.

John Morison shows how an accumulation of grievances resulted in a spontaneous revolution in Russia in 1905.

Jonathan Lewis points to the centrality of foreign policy in the making and unmaking of English kings in the fifteenth century.

Graham Goodlad considers the background to the reform of the Poor Law in 1834 and its impact on society.

John Claydon provides practical guidance on a vexed issue.

To mark the quincentenary of the birth in 1500 of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Glenn Richardson examines the emperor's ambitions and achievements.

Michael Mullett shows how the reform of the Catholic Church in sixteenth-century Europe sprang from medieval origins but that, in important ways, it was affected by the Protestant Reformation.

Roman Golicz explores relations between Britain and France under Pam's 'liberal' foreign policy during the Second Empire.

A key battle in the Great Northern War was fought on November 29th, 1700.

Eric Kentley reviews the Design Museum’s new exhibition on Isambard Kingdom Brunel

How the Republican triumph over the Federalists in the fiercely fought US elections of 1800 was due to skilful appropriation of the American Revolution to partisan ends

P.G. Maxwell-Stuart examines the impact of early Christianity on notions of magic and definitions of witchcraft.

The future king of England was born in his family's court at The Hague on November 4th, 1650.

Robert Perks explains the value of sound archives in the armoury of the modern historian, and introduces Britain’s premier collection of recorded speech.

Jon Silverman asks whether Britain’s sporadic and tardy efforts to pursue Nazi war criminals reflects a lack of skill or a lack of will.

Jeremy Black continues our Portrait of Britain series describing the impact of the French Wars on the islands and the shifting landscape wrought by the Industrial Revolution.

Kay Staniland unravels the threads of a career as costume historian and textile curator at the Museum of London

Michael Paris looks at the romanticised image of war in boys’ popular fiction prior to 1914, and at the sustaining appeal of the genre in spite of the realities of that event.

Turkish archaeologists work against the clock to discover the secrets of ancient Hasankeyf before it is flooded by the waters of the proposed Ilisu dam

The Exposition Universelle in Paris ended on November 12th, 1900. In seven months, the Exposition drew over 50 million visitors. 

Edward Pearce considers the vitriolic reception offered by some to Russian Jews seeking asylum in Britain a hundred years ago.

Michael Phillips, guest curator of the major exhibition on Blake opening this month at Tate Britain, explores the lifestyle and work of the artist when he lived in Lambeth - and the anti-Jacobin terror of the early 1790s that threatened his radical activities

Jeffrey Green argues that to ignore the diverse black presence in Britain prior to the 1940s is to perpetuate a distorted view of British history

On October 8th 1600, Thomas Fisher published A Midsummer Night's Dream in quarto format thought to have been printed from Shakespeare’s own handwritten copy.

Simon Young recounts the history of the long-forgotten British Celt colony off the Galician coast

Perry Biddiscombe traces the historical background to the contemporary neo-Nazi and skinhead violence in Germany.

Thomas Babington Macaulay, the most famous historian of his time, was born on St Crispin's Day, October 25th, 1800.

Paul Cartledge explores the differences between today’s interpretation of the Olympic Games and their significance in the ancient world

October 7th, 1950

Samantha Riches describes the role of St. George as a patron saint in medieval England

Juliet Gardiner former editor of History Today, describes the first steps on her path to becoming a historian.

Christine Riding and Jacqueline Riding (ed.)

Robert Pearce reviews a work on the 1930s by Piers Brendon

Joan Perkin tells the rags-to-riches story of Harriet Mellon, the actress who married the banker Thomas Coutts.

Daniel Snowman meets the biographer of Tudors and Stuarts, and the author of The Weaker Vessel and The Gunpowder Plot.

Leah Marcus shows the Tudor queen to have been a mistress of the English language as much as of the English people.

Allan Macinnes investigates the state of the islands at a crucial moment in British state formation.

Peter Furtado announces recent awards for historical writing.

Larry Gragg describes the earthquake that shattered Jamaica in 1692, and reviews the complex lessons that preachers drew from it.

As we enter the new dispensation, wherein AS and A2 equals an A Level, Graham D. Goodlad gives some timely and pertinent advice.

California became the thirty-first state of the United States on September 9th, 1850.

Barry Cunliffe tells how, aged nine, his first encounter with Roman remains in a Somerset field determined his ambition to become an archaeologist.

The economic crisis which began in 1929 is often seen as the major turning point in 20th-century world history. Patricia Clavin examines its causes and effects.

Marion Shoard describes the centuries-long battle waged by Britons for the right to roam over the hills and vales of their island.

Roger Spalding introduces one of the most important publications in modern world history.

Patricia Cleveland-Peck on the part played by a French cafe in the Sussex Network operations during the Second World War.

What did Hitler mean by Lebensraum? Did he attempt to translate theory into reality? Martyn Housden 'unpacks' the term and puts it into historical context.

Richard Wilkinson finds stimulation in a new book on Labour's leaders.

John Miller describes the state of the British kingdoms as James Stewart waits to become monarch of the entire archipelago.

Annette Mayer commends a wide-ranging study of women's history.

Henrietta Harrison sees the Boxer Movement through the eyes of an ordinary Chinese man.

David McKinnon-Bell analyses the state of France around 1598 and explains why recovery under Henry IV was so rapid.  

Finland's longest-serving president was born on September 3rd, 1900.

Taylor Downing and Andrew Johnston seek the truth behind the legend of the Spitfire.

Peter Furtado reviews the latest work on the Turin Shroud.

Richard Kelly finds compelling links between England soccer managers and post-war political leaders

Mark Rathbone charts a dramatic transformation in the fortunes of the Liberal Party by examining its leaders.

David Gaimster reveals the origins and contents of the British Museum's Secretum, a hidden repository of artefacts deemed pornographic and unfit for public gaze by Victorian curators.

Napoleon's forces surrendered to the British in Malta on September 5th, 1800.

June 3rd 1940 was the last night of evacuations of Allied forces from Dunkirk.  Patrick Wilson assesses the importance of Operation Dynamo.

Richard Willis describes the long struggle to get teachers their own professional organisation.

Richard Monte looks at the history and heritage on show in Kracow, one of the European Cities of Culture 2000.

Mike Corbishley explains how English Heritage, custodian of much of the best of England’s built historical environment, makes the past accessible to young minds

Erica Fudge explores a shift in attitudes towards bestiality in the sixteenth century and how this impinged on wider issues concerning human status.

The remains of the Roman fort of Segedunum, marking the eastern end of Hadrian’s wall and its new interpretation centre.

The State Trials on CD Rom

The High Street Londinium exhibition at the Museum of London

August 2nd, 1100

Wilbur Miller investigates the historical background to law enforcement in the United States.

Robert Bickers shows how the history of British and European imperialism in China helps explain the ferocious Boxer War of 1900.

Steven Gunn looks at the condition of Britain at the beginning of the Tudor era, and finds a society that was increasingly cohesive, confident and cosmopolitan.

History Today’s review of current trends in historical study at British universities.

Harriet Jones considers the impact of the new Freedom of Information Act on students of contemporary history.

A reflection on the life of this great historian, who died in April 2000.

Sarah Searight finds that, in the past as in the present, Caspian oil has produced political conflict as well as economic development.

John Marriott looks at attitudes to the London poor since the 17th century.

August 5th, 1600

Simon Craig discovers that drug abuse in professional sport goes back more than a hundred years.

Huw V. Bowen asks whether the East India Company was one of the ‘most powerful engines’ of state and empire in British history.

Robert Peel suffered a fatal fall from his horse on June 29th, 1850. He died three days later.

July 12th, 1450

Rod Phillips explains why, in spite of the reputation of old vintages, most wine consumed in the past would not have suited modern palates.

Susan-Mary Grant looks at the motivations of ordinary citizens to fight their fellow Americans under either the Confederate or the Union flags.

Ludovic Kennedy tells how an early introduction to British law set him on a path devoted to campaigning for justice.

Tony Stockwell looks behind the exotic facade to examine the role of the kings of Siam and Thailand in modernising their country.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of Russia and its peoples.

Andrew Pettegree (ed.)Europe’s ReformationsJames D. Tracy

The reunification of Berlin’s libraries after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Nigel Saul tells how, in spite of famines and visitations of the plague, conditions were better than ever before for those living in 1400.

The anniversary of De Gaulle’s London address to ‘Free France’.

Malcolm Billings reviews the astonishing holdings of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology at Bodrum, Turkey.

Paul Wingrove looks at the roles of Stalin, Mao and Kim Il Sung.

The financier Solomon de Medina was knighed on June 23rd, 1700, at Hampton Court Palace.

Penny Young explores the astonishingly rich archaeological heritage of Oman.

Peter Furtado makes an appeal to original subscribers to help celebrate History Today’s 50th Birthday in 2001.

Heather Shore challenges the view that the 19th century was a pivotal period of change in the treatment of young offenders.

Consumer historian Robert Opie tells how he first came to recognise the value of everyday discarded things, and suggests the need for a new awareness of our recent past.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor on the re-opening of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the history of its foundation.

Jeremy Black reviews a book by Ruth Harris.

Richard Reid demonstrates that the West’s perceptions about warfare in the history of Africa have not changed much over the centuries.

Bruce Campbell argues that a unique conjunction of human and environmental factors went into creating the crisis of the mid-14th century.

The explorer of West Africa died in Cape Town on June 3rd, 1900.

Suzanne Bardgett describes the process of creating the new Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum and explains what it sets out to achieve.

Service, Robert

Bergère Marie-Claire (translated by Janet Lloyd)

Janet Hartley describes the trials and tribulations of life for ‘our man’ in Peter the Great’s Moscow.

When North Korean tanks and infantry crossed the Thirty-Eighth Parallel in 1950, the Korean War began. The three-year war cost United Nations and South Korean forces over 200,000 casualties.

Flashman author George MacDonald Fraser explains how ‘history disguised as fiction’ has been his inspiration and is also his aim.

Nick Cull explores how the smash-hit horror film exploited all the issues that most worried Americans in the early 1970s.

Michael Kustow gives his impressions of the David Irving libel trial against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books, which raises important questions of the nature of historical evidence and its understanding.

Ludmilla Jordanova insists on the importance of history beyond the groves of academia, and considers some of the challenges that historians face in this field.

Peter Monteath discusses the origins and fate of a huge Nazi holiday camp planned to invigorate the German workforce by means of ‘Strength through Joy’.

Emma Mason argues that rising population brought a surprising degree of movement, politically, geographically and socially.

Richard Cavendish describes the relief of Mafeking, following a seven-month siege, on May 16th/17th, 1900.

Richard Cavendish describes the execution of James Graham, Marquess of Montrose, on May 21st, 1650.

Peter Furtado peruses the refurbished National Portrait Gallery, unveiled on May 4th, to cope with 21st century visitors.

Adamson, John (ed.)The Power of Kings. Monarchy and Religion in Europe 1589-1715Kléber Monod, Paul

William D. Rubinstein reviews the achievements of the Ripperologists and considers the arguments surrounding the so-called Ripper Diaries.

Favez, Jean-Claude (ed. and transl. John and Beryl Fletcher)

Richard Cavendish charts the early life of the abolitionist John Brown, born on May 9th, 1800.

Matthew Hilton examines the mystique surrounding tobacco which continues to confound the anti-smoking lobby.

Daniel Snowman talks to Britain’s most distinguished military historian and the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph.

Paul Doolan describes the unique 400-year-long trading, intellectual and artistic contacts between the Dutch and the Japanese.

The launch of Phoenix Press to discover out of print history titles that deserve to be brought back into print.

The woman behind one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions died on April 16th, 1850

A comprehensive review of new history books appearing between January and June, with something to satisfy all tastes.

Richard Cavendish describes the events leading up to Jordan's annexation of the West Bank, on April 24th, 1950.

Jane Griffiths and Edmund Weiner tell of plans to bring the Oxford English Dictionary up to date and how historians can help.

Kathy Chater recalls how a chance discovery in family history threw up much wider questions about perceptions of black Britons in the 18th century.

Richard Cavendish explains how a fleet led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral reached the Brazilian coast on April 21st, 1500.

Peter Clements assesses why two nations which seemingly had so much in common at the beginning of the 1930s were at war with each other by the end of the decade.

Richard Cavendish marks the start of a landmark archaeological project, on March 23rd 1900

John Foot describes the background to a trial that threatens to clarify an obscure and ignoble chapter in Italy’s recent past.

Richard Wilkinson argues that, for all his faults, a case can be made for the aloof aristocrat at the Foreign Office in 1900-1905.

Davis Hanson, VictorA History of Ancient GreeceSchmitt Pantel,Pauline and Orrieux, ClaudeSchmitt Pantel,Pauline and Orrieux, ClaudeThe Greek Achievement.
The Foundation of the Western WorldFreeman, Charles

Why did infant mortality rates remain so high in the last quarter of the 19th century, when general death rates experienced a steady decline? Phil Chapple investigates.

Ann Williams describes the state of the island at a time when Anglo-Saxon culture was reaching its peak, while also politically challenged by the Vikings.

Levene, Mark and Roberts, Penny (ed)Lethal Imagination. Violence and Brutality in American HistoryBellesiles, Michael (ed.)

Gillian Cookson describes how the first physical link across the Atlantic was finally achieved.

Britain’s national archive of official documents and the ways in which it is developing to meet the changing needs of its users

Davies, Norman

Clive Foss describes the propaganda effort that the Argentinian dictators made to win the gratitude and affection of the entire population

Many have seen the Restoration of the monarchy, which took place on May 29th 1660, as inevitable. Yet Ivan Roots, defying augury, is impressed by its unexpectedness.

Lucy Chester examines the processes by which the Indo-Pakistan border was drawn, dividing a single country into two.

How should we interpret the Bolshevik Revolution, in the light of later events? Michael Lynch explains the issues with which we have to grapple and gives tips on how to impress the examiners.

Esmond Wright recalls the life of the American philosopher, scientist and man of letters in his years in a street near Charing Cross.

Alan Farmer has been impressed by a new CD-ROM.

The ancient library of Alexandria, destroyed by fire in AD270 is to be replaced by a new great library in the city to open this year, which will also serve as a local city museum.

Harriet Bridgeman describes how a simple idea led her to found one of the world’s most prestigious libraries of art.

John Mason describes the convoluted way in which Hungary has publicly celebrated its history through all the vicissitudes of its recent past.

Margaret and Ian Millar describe the life of a pioneer astronomer, born on March 16th 1750.

William Doyle discusses traditional and revisionist interpretations of the downfall of the Kings of France, arguing that notions of a 'desacralised monarchy' are inadequate to explain what happened.

Stewart MacDonald introduces the humanist scholar whose writings made him one of the most significant figures of 16th-century Europe.  

In the 50 years after its opening in 1948 by dictator Enver Hoxhe, Albania's Institute of Archaology is now suffering from a funding shortage, but is still maintinaing its work and museum.

R.C. Macleod re-tells the story of the force that began by policing the Klondike and ended by spying on separatists and 'subversives'.

Phillip Hall analyses the finances of Britain’s monarchy, arguing that those who claim that the royals pay for themselves are misusing history.

Mike Greenwood on a new BBC initiative to help audiences take their interest in history further.

Stephen Bourne tells how a Blitz adoption led to his passion for rediscovering Black history in Britain.

Charles II's mistress was born on February 2nd, 1650.

Penny Young looks at the ambititious plans to reconstruct the celebrated Ottoman bridge in Mostar, destroyed by fighting in Bosnia-Herzegovinia.

Peter Ling describes how the refusal of four black students to accept a lunch-counter colour bar led to the collapse of segregation in the American south.

Martin Evans contrasts the triumphalism of France’s 1931 Colonial Exhibition in Paris with the rotten reality of its ramshackle empire.

Sean Lang describes the changes in college history since the sixties and deplores the trend towards Hitler-dominated history.

The last great medieval fortification in England, Wigmore Castle in Herefordshire, has been preserved as a romantic ruin at a cost of £1 million by English Heritage. Jim Kelsey reports on this remarkable feat.

James Campbell peers into the murk of the ‘Dark Ages’ and sifts truth from fiction about our post-Roman history.

The US Senator's anti-Communist 'Crusade' began on February 9th, 1950.

Timothy Benson analyses the evolution of the love-hate relationship between Britain's greatest cartoonist and the outstanding politician of the age.

The radical Italian thinker was burned at the stake on February 17th, 1600.

The city of Ghent in modern Belgium, birthplace of Charles V, is currently celebrating the 500th anniversary of his birth on February 24th, 1500.

Debra Higgs Strickland examines the extraordinary demonology of medieval Christendom and the way it endowed strangers and enemies with monstrous qualities.

In May 1941 Rudolf Hess, Hitler's deputy, landed in Scotland. But historians differ over the true nature of his mission.

On January 31st, 1950, Truman announced that he had directed the Atomic Agency Commission 'to continue with its work on all forms of atomic energy weapons, including the so-called hydrogen or super-bomb'.

Stephen Gundle settles in the stalls to re-view the epochal Fellini film that defined the hedonistic spirit of post-war Italy.

Edward Pearce compares the careers of two giants of Fleet Street, A.G. Gardiner and J.L. Garvin.

The Royal Crescent in Bath, A Fragment of English Life

William Loundes

Victorian and Edwardian Town


In 1946 George Orwell confessed that, since nine out of ten books are worthless, reviewers have constantly to invent feeling towards books about which they have no spontaneous feelings whatever. Obviously he was not acquainted with the huge number of books which are conveniently grouped under the heading ‘history’, but whose diversity and quality make us realise what an incredibly diverse and intriguingly amorphous subject we are dealing with.

The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, edited by Richard J.A. Talbert

Princeton University Press; 175 pages, plus CD-Rom Directory; £205

British Intellectual History 1750-1950 vol.1 Economy, Polity and Society

Cambridge University Press 283pp 
£14.95 ISBN 0-521-63978-6

By 1990, when Mrs Thatcher was thrown out of office by her parliamentary colleagues after more than eleven years as Prime Minister, the word ‘’ had already long been coined, implying that as leader of the Conservative Party she had personally changed political theory and practice in a way not associated with any other post-war politician. Now, a decade later, her reputation is being subjected to its first rigorous historical examination.

Experience of Ancient Egypt by Rosalie David

Routledge L35; xxii+192 pp

ISBN 0-415-03262-6

Imperial Germany 1871-1918
Stephen J. Lee
Routledge, 1999
132 pp, £6.99
ISBN 0 415 18572 2

Paul Langford is a phenomenon. For the last few years, he has been dashing about the country as first Chairman and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, successfully selling to academics, the public and government the idea that reasearch in the arts and humanities should be as fully and imaginatively funded as research in the social or natural sciences. Now that he is stepping down to become Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford, the AHRB is having to split his job into two to make it manageable for mere humans.

Revolution was on everyone’s lips in 1848. This is the starting point for J. W. Burrow’s new history of ideas, The Crisis of Reason. The aftermath of the tide of rebellion which swept Europe in that year provides a backdrop against which the intellectual battles of subsequent years were fought.

It is notable that these two bold studies, each of which takes a major period and subject of global history as its subject, are by Americans, for American scholars seem more willing to engage with the subject than their British counterparts. Both Curtin and Thompson bring careful theorisation into line with wide-ranging reading, and each offer novel approaches, although Thompson’s is much the larger span and yet is also the more coherent and successful of the two books.

Freedom from Fear The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945

By David M. Kennedy

Oxford University Press xviii + 936pp £30 ISBN 0-19-503834-7

America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

By Maurice Isserman and Michael Kagin

Oxford University Press xx+ 358pp £17.99 ISBN 0-19-509191-4

A boy who died at the age of sixteen is hardly a promising subject for the biographer, even if he was a king. In the case of Edward VI, two forceful and controversial regents, the dukes of Somerset and Northumberland, and an archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, who was the intellect behind the English Reformation, were undoubtedly the dominant personalities of his brief reign.

The Bewitching of Anne Gunter. A Horrible and True Story of Football, Witchcraft, Murder and the King of England

By James Sharpe

Profile Books xv+256 pp. £16.99 ISBN 1-86197-048-X

Scattered among the groves of Kew Gardens are tiny classical pavilions dedicated by Augusta, Princess of Wales and mother of George III, to the German regiments which fought at our side in the Seven Years’ War. One of them was Frankenstein’s Horse – the name of a corps d'elite of a Prussian Army which we had betrayed by pulling out of an alliance that was no longer convenient – but destined to become a byword for a scientific marvel transmuted into a monstrosity…

If you were under the impression that Claude le Lorrain took up painting only after he had invented flaky pastry; that Marco Polo introduced pasta from China to Italy; that the English gave up garlic as a result of the Reformation – then Professors Flandrin and Montanari will put you right. But, ironically, although they begin by declaring the need to puncture the myths about food history that are ‘part of the general culture’, their book is a monument to one of the most firmly established myths of all – that only France and Italy have any food history worth studying.

Vikings - The North Atlantic Saga

William W. Fitzhugh and Elisabeth I. Ward (eds.)

Smithsonian Institution Press 432 pp

£21.95 ISBN 1-56098-995-5

The Korean War No Victors, No Vanquished

The University Press of Kentucky xvi+244 pp
$42.00 cloth ISBN 0-8131-2119-1
$19.00 paper ISBN 0-8131-0967-1

Battleground Korea The British in the Korean War

Sutton Publishing £19.99 / $36.00
vii+184 pp ISBN 0-7509-2085-8

The ability to read the written or printed word, still astonishingly far from universal even within the most affluent of developed societies at the dawn of the third millennium, bids fair to remain an ever-more vital skill as word-based electronic technology invades so many areas of everyday life on our crowded planet. One of these two books charts the evolution of reading in the Western world from Hellenistic Greece to the public library system of twentieth-century America.

‘See us fight this battle
And reap rich harvest in the field of Cressy
Then go to England, tell them how we fight

In the first two volumes of the recently published Oxford History of the British Empire, both indexes contained notably more references to...

Timothy Garton Ash is a Macaulay of our time, an historian of contemporary events who combines the best of history and journalism. His subject...

Knights and Peasants - The Hundred Years War in the French Countryside

Nicholas Wright

The Boydell Press xiv + 144 pp. £30 ISBN 0 8511 5535 9

The Thief, the Cross and the Wheel: Pain and the Spectacle of Punishment in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Mitchell B Merback

Reaktion 352 pp. £25 ISBN 186189 026 5

The Crusades - Islamic Perspectives

Carole Hillenbrand

Edinburgh University Press lvi + 648 pp. £80 (Hardback) £29.95 (Paperback) ISBN 0 7486 0905 9 (hb) 0 7486 0639 0 (pb)

The Cruades c.1071-1291

Jean Richard (translated by Jean Birrell)

Cambridge University Press xiv + 516 pp. £42.50 (Hardback) £15.95 (Paperback) ISBN 0 521 62369 3 (hb) 0 521 625661 (pb)

By the early 1980s, it was becoming possible for pioneers of the ‘new social history’ of early modern England to survey their subfields and draw...

The Complete A-Z 19th and 20th Century British History Handbook - Eric Evans ****
Hodder & Stoughton, 1998 380 pp, £9.99 ISBN 0 340 67378 8

Easily Led: a History of Propaganda - Oliver Thomson ****
Sutton, 1999 360 pp, £20 hardback ISBN 0 7509 19655

Propaganda: Political Rhetoric and Identity 1300-2000-Bertrand Taithe and Tim Thornton (eds) *** 
Sutton, 1999 369 pp, £50 hardback, also available in paperback ISBN 0 7509 20297

The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bo

Parliamentary Reform 1785-1928 By Sean Lang 

Routledge, 1999 198 pp, £6-99 ISBN 0 415 18399 5

Democracy and the State 1830-1945 By Michael Willis

Cambridge University Press, 1999 122 pp, £6-95 ISBN 0 521 59994 6

The Growth of Democracy in Britain By Annette Meyer

Hodder & Stoughton, 1999 144pp, £6-75 ISBN 0 340 69792 X

Brian Richardson

Cambridge University Press

xii + 220 37.50 (hb)

13.95 (pb)

ISBN 0521 57161 8 (hb)

0521 57693 8 (pb)

Volcanic cataclysm, droughts, pandemics, and warring armies attract popular audiences like moths, especially when accompanied by a television series. Catastrophe offers these and much more. David Keys’ ‘investigation into the origins of the modern world’ argues that climatic catastrophes in the sixth century AD changed the course of world history.

A History of the Modern British Isles 1529-1603: the Two Kingdoms

Mark Nicholls

Blackwell, 1999 387 pp, £15-99 ISBN 0 631 19334 0

'Pagan’ is a potent word, evoking a wide range of emotions and views based on one’s religious beliefs and understanding of the past. Its original...

There is a statue in the Strand – Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris, commander of the bombing raids of the Second World War upon German cities....

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