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Volume: 50 Issue: 7

Contents of History Today, July 2000

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

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

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

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

July 9th, 1900

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

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

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of Russia and its peoples.

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

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

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

July 12th, 1450

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...

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

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

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


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