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Volume: 53 Issue: 12

Contents of History Today, December 2003

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Jerry Brookshire shows that the ‘special relationship’ in 1945-51 was in safe, and curiously similar, hands.

Steve Smith shows that those who control the present are sometimes able to control interpretations of the past.

Adrian Mourby shows that the nightmare scenario can be both dire warning and escapist fantasy.

A.D. Harvey recalls the career of the Swedish king whose assassination inspired a famous opera.

Scot McKendrick introduces a major new exhibition of Flemish manuscript illumination opening at the Royal Academy.

Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria was executed on December 23rd, 1953. He was fifty-four, if it was really him.

David Lowenthal explores natural history enthusiasms among Victorian Britons and Americans, and finds an explanation for their differing approaches to conservation....

In the final article in our series on Britain and Russia, Stuart Thompstone visits the long-lasting community of Britons in the Russian capital.

Charlotte Crow glimpses the British Museum’s new exhibition of its own original collections in the great King’s Library.

Peter Furtado introduces the December 2003 issue of History Today.

Merle Ricklefs seeks clues for the future of the troubled archipelago nation in its distant past.

It was the Gadsden Purchase on December 30th, 1853, that settled the main boundaries of the USA.

December 27th, 1703

Colin Cook looks at the political, philosophical and cultural impact of the idea of aviation in the first half of the 20th century.

David Jordan recalls the career of the man Brazilians claim to have been the true pioneer of powered heavier-than-air flight.

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