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Volume: 58 Issue: 10

Contents of History Today, October 2008

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Mark Bryant examines the wartime work of Osbert Lancaster, the centenary of whose birth this year is marked with a new exhibition at the Wallace Collection, London...

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.

Sir John Reeves Ellerman was No.1 on the UK’s 1916 rich list. William D. Rubinstein looks at the careers of this reclusive, but fabulously rich, British man of...

A.D. Harvey thinks the world of academia is letting down the thousands who make Black History Month such a popular success each year.

To coincide with ‘Cold War Modern’, a major new exhibition at the V & A in London, its consultant curator, David Crowley of the Royal College of Art, looks back...

John Paul II was elected on October 16th, 1978. He was the first non-Italian pope to be elected in four centuries.

 Helen Rappaport samples this biography of the Lady with the Lamp.

Oct 15, 1858

Pressure in the nineteenth century to introduce artificial lighting was as much about enhancing privacy as about reducing crime, according to Chris Otter.

A selection of readers' correspondence.

The famed radio broadcast of HG Wells' War of the Worlds took place on October 30th, 1938.

Andrew Roberts reflects on the often stormy relationship between Churchill and the Chiefs of Staff during the Second World War.

An exotic London theatre funded the building of the first Eddystone lighthouse. Alison Barnes has discovered what kind of shows it staged.

Neil Taylor discusses how political change has left its mark on the Latvian capital’s Town Hall Square. 

Sheila Corr marks the advent of a permanent home for the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London.

Today’s obsession with 18th-century femmes fatales distorts the history of women, says Hannah Greig.

Ian Mortimer, who has been an archivist and a poet before becoming a medieval historian and biographer, describes why a blend of empathy and evidence is the key to...

Daniel Beer looks at how much Soviet labour camps owed to the theories of Russian liberals on crime, its causes and how to treat it.

Elizabeth Stephens examines how the surprise invasion of Israel by Egypt and its allies started the process that led to Camp David.

Nick Pelling suggests that credit should go not to the Netherlands but much further south to Catalonia.

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