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Volume: 54 Issue: 5

Contents of History Today, May 2004

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Editor Peter Furtado highlights this month's magazine topics.

Helen Graham reveals the key role historians are playing in the aftermath of Franco’s ‘Uncivil Peace’.

Paul Dukes examines the historical roots of this month’s enlargement of the European Union.

David Gaimster explains how the English Reformation is emerging as a key area of interest in British archaeology, and how the discipline sheds a unique light on the...

Judy Corbett and Peter Welford tell Peter Furtado about their inspired restoration of a venerable Renaissance house in North Wales.

Peter H. Wilson revisits the War of the Triple Alliance, Latin America’s bloodiest conflict.

A selection from our monthly post-bag from readers...

Marlene Dietrich’s wartime uniform has recently been presented to the Imperial War Museum.

Andrew Petersen uncovers the city that was once an Islamic capital, and suggests reasons for its decline in the eleventh century.

Carol Davis visits a church in Liverpool that has tragic links with the Irish Famine. The opening of a new study centre there will assist those trying to trace...

Patricia Fara calls for a more inclusive, and realistic, history of Science.

Susan Pedersen introduces Eleanor Rathbone who devoted her career as a politician and social reformer during the turbulent interwar years to improving the lot of...

The origins of the famous company.

Richard Cavendish describes the French defeat in Indochina, on May 7th, 1954.

Richard Cavendish describes the race in which Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile, on May 6th, 1954.

Dean Juniper argues that war encouraged the development of radio technology, as of so much else.

Jonathan Phillips sees one of the most notorious events in European history as a typical ‘clash of cultures’.

Patricia Pierce tells the tale of William-Henry Ireland, whose teenage angst led him to pull off an unlikely hoax.

Susan Whitfield, head of the International Dunhuang Project, introduces a new exhibition of treasures of ancient central Asia, opening at the British Library.

Virginia Berridge examines the relevance of past experiences to current policy-making.


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