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Volume: 57 Issue: 12

Contents of History Today, December 2007

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In the years before the English Civil War, ecclesiastical architecture became a subject of powerful conflict between the rival wings of the Church. Edward Swift,...

A century ago international anarchists were causing public outrage and panic with their terror tactics. Matt Carr considers the parallels with al-Qaeda today....

Dietrich Karsten was a Protestant pastor who opposed the Nazi regime in the 1930s but died for Hitler as a soldier in the war. His granddaughter, Lena Karsten,...

Charlotte Crow describes how a recent visit to India on the 150th anniversary of the Indian Mutiny became a flashpoint for Indians and Britons over the...

Alison Barnes explains our special fondness for the Christmas legend.

Carola Hicks takes a seasonal look at the stained glass of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, the subject of her new book.

Simon Goldhill explains how he came to be hooked on Greek tragedy at an early age – and has stayed hooked.

Clive Foss introduces the Kharijites, a radical sect from the first century of Islam based in southern Iraq and Iran, who adopted an extreme interpretation of the...

On December 12th, 1907, Lenin fled Russia for a second time.

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits the Big Apple in search of its blossoming.

Two major museums open new permanent galleries this month, offering new light on our past.

The small logging town was chosen as the country's new capital on December 31st, 1857

In the late 18th century, a French invasion force marched into Portugal. Napoleon was insisting that Portugal must close its ports to British shipping. When it...

Captain Crispin Swayne describes his work on major feature films as a historical and military adviser, and what he hopes to achieve.

The man who wrote the words of 'Hark! the Herald Angels Sing', 'Love Divine, All Loves Excelling' and hundreds of other much-loved hymns was born on December 18th...

Continuing his series on how cartoonists have seen events great and small, Mark Bryant looks at the first political cartoon – and one of the most influential ever...

The story of the British anti-slavery and abolitionist movements has been dominated by the figures of Clarkson and Wilberforce. Yet, the success of the Slave Trade...

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits an annual festival of North American history and culture.

Bystanders, victims and perpetrators: the tripartite categorization has become a cliché of historical analysis of the horrors of the past.

Martin Evans recalls the ‘third way’ of Cold War international politics, now all but forgotten.


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