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Volume: 59 Issue: 1

Contents of History Today, January 2009

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Roger Moorhouse takes issue with the secular sainthood bestowed on Claus von Stauffenberg, subject of the film Valkyrie.

The rupture of a giant molasses tank in Boston just after the First World War caused devastation and led to the longest legal case in the city’s history, writes...

Richard Willis charts how order was brought to the medical profession by the foundation of the General Medical Council 150 years ago.

Andrew Roberts introduces the remarkable memoir of Magdalene De Lancey, wife of Wellington’s chief of staff, who accompanied her husband on a campaign that...

Mark Bryant on the work of Soviet cartoonists engaged in the epic struggle against Nazi Germany.

The visually spectacular Scottish capital witnessed fierce dynastic struggle before it welcomed the spirit of the Enlightenment, as Patricia Cleveland-Peck...

A spate of recent films suggest that the scars of Germany’s history show little sign of healing. Markus Bauer reports.

Terry Brown explores the arborial legacy of a penny-pinching duke.

John Shepherd looks back to the turbulent Winter of Discontent, which heralded the demise of James Callaghan’s Labour government and paved the way for Margaret...

A selection of readers' correspondence.

Robert MuchembledTranslated by Jean Birrell Polity Press   224pp   £17.99 ISBN 978 0745 638768

Michael Dunne reflects on past US presidential Inaugurals, and the words which still resonate.

In his twenties, Philippe Maurice was sentenced to death by guillotine for murdering a policeman. Saved by a change of government, he transformed himself through...

Byron’s love affair with bare-knuckle boxing was shared by many of his fellow Romantics, who celebrated this most brutal of sports in verse. John Strachan...

The British Museum opened on January 15th, 1759.

The popular image of Socrates as a man of immense moral integrity was largely the creation of his pupil Plato. If we examine evidence of his trial, argues Robin...

Beautiful, clever and determined, Yolande of Aragon was at the heart of the diplomatic and military campaigns that united 15th-century France. Margaret L. Kekewich...

January 5th 1919

Vietnamese troops faced little resistance when they entered Cambodia's capital on January 7th, 1979.


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