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Volume: 56 Issue: 8

Contents of History Today, August 2006

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David Wurtzel has been reading the diary of Lester Ziffren, the United Press correspondent in Madrid who, seventy years ago this month, witnessed the start of the...

David Anderson, Huw Bennett and Daniel Branch believe that the Freedom of Information Act is being used to protect the perpetrators of a war crime that took place...

Adlai Stevenson ran for a second time against Eisenhower in 1956, but Eisenhower won the election even more convincingly than in 1952.

Richard Dimbleby’s account of what he witnessed at Bergen-Belsen in April 1945 – ‘the most horrible day of my life’ – has acquired an iconic status in British...

The British Labour Party's first parliamentary leader was born on August 15th, 1856.

Cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett considers how perceptions of Cleopatra have moved in the last decade and a half.

J.H. Elliott looks at the differences – cultural, religious, ethnic and economic – between the Spanish and British approaches to their empires in the Americas, and...

English Heritage celebrates 100 years of aerial photography.

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at the work of the man who invented the art of political cartooning, and asks what effect his drawings had on one of their...

Max Adams looks at the works of the artist John Martin, his radical schemes to improve Victorian London, and his broad circle of friends at the forefront of political...

Brian James revisits Ypres, where new ways of commemorating the events of the First World War are enthralling visitors of all generations.

Correspondence with the editor.

Susan Haskins suggests that the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and Dan Brown, who famously faced each in court earlier this year, are guilty of the same...

Tobias Grey uncovers interesting work in France that brings the latest forensic technology to the aid of historical mysteries.

Marisa Linton reviews the life and career of one of the most vilified men in history.

Chandak Sengoopta looks at how the discovery of hormones, the body’s chemical messengers, revolutionized ideas of human nature and human potential in the twentieth...

Patricia Cleveland-Peck introduces a beautiful string of Spanish religious foundations.

The Prussians invaded Saxony on August 29th, 1756, marking the beginning of the Seven Years War of 1756-63.


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