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Volume: 52 Issue: 12

Contents of History Today, December 2002

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Roland Quinault discusses Gladstone’s view of the Second Afghan War both in opposition and during his premiership.

John M.D. Pohl reviews recent scholarship about the empire swept away by Cortes.

December 31st, 1502

Conrad Russell looks at the perks and pitfalls of public office-holding in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

Gavin Menzies explains how a life as a submarine commander gave rise to the revolutionary notion that Europeans were not the first to sail round the globe.

David Welch looks at the dramatisation of Führerprinzip in the Nazi cinema, and how history films were used to propagate themes of anti-parliamentarianism...

George Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, became Prime Minister on December 19th, 1852.

Pamela Pilbeam celebrates the bicentenary of the arrival of Madame Tussaud's waxworks in Britain.

Andrew Barclay marks the 300th anniversary of the death of William III.

Joan Perkin discusses the impact on women’s lives of the advent of the sewing machine.

Kevin Manton regrets the political decision to remove direct democratic control over education a hundred years ago.

Luke McKernan introduces the British Universities Newsreel Database, together with plans for its development.

December 14th, 1702

Devra Davis looks at the London Smog disaster of 1952-53.

As a new channel dedicated to history opens up in the UK, Tom Stearn excoriates current fashion and points the way to a more historical past on TV.

Howard Baker explains how the chance convergence of two vessels produced tragedy and disaster.

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