Who's Who

Volume: 59 Issue: 3

The Imperial War Museum has appointed its first female Director Diane Lees. Juliet Gardiner asks her about her vision for the museum, both in London and at its various outposts around the country.

Henry Tudor invoked providence to gain his throne in 1485, but it was skilful use of heraldic and religious imagery, as well as promotion of the cult of Henry VI that ensured he retained it. In this Tudor anniversary year, Gordon Marsden looks at the miraculous reign of a clever king.

The role of exiled Czech cartoonists in Britain during the Second World War is often overlooked, writes Mark Bryant.

In 1947, as Zionist insurgents wreaked havoc, British special forces in Palestine adopted counterinsurgency tactics that attracted worldwide condemnation. David Cesarani discusses a scandal whose ramifications persist to this day.

Three hundred years ago, Russia emerged as a major power after a clash of armies in the Ukraine. Peter the Great’s victory, Derek Wilson argues, had repercussions that last to this day.

With a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as far away as ever, James Barker looks back to Britain’s occupation of the region and the efforts made by the future Viscount Montgomery to impose peace on its warring peoples.

As an integrated system of politics, economy and religion evolved in Europe around the year 1000, the figure of the Virgin Mary – so central to the lives of monks and nuns – became the core of a widely shared, though highly varied, European identity, says Miri Rubin.

Richard Cavendish remembers Israel's own Iron Lady, who became Prime Minister on March 17th 1969

Mar 31, 1809

Richard Cavendish remembers the life and death of the most influential, if not the most well-known, of 19th century Russian wits.

Sir Anthony van Dyck,
court artist to Charles I, is the subject of a new exhibition at Tate
Britain. Kevin Sharpe, consultant to the project, argues that the
visual arts can be as valuable as the written word to historians
seeking a better understanding of the nature of politics and power

Corinne Julius
introduces a new exhibition of dazzling medieval jewellery at London’s
Wallace Collection, which reveals both the vigour and the vulnerability
of Jewish communities in central Europe during the years before and
during the Black Death.

Despite the crushing of Tibetan independence by China 50 years ago this month, and continuing attempts to stifle support for Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, the country is very much alive in the hearts and minds of its exiled community. Asya Chorley investigates Tibet’s recent history through the experiences of some of those who fled the Chinese regime.

As a major conference on the nature of liberty opens, David Marquand questions the free and democratic legacy that British history has bequeathed to the country and citizens of today.

What happened when a philosopher, an artist and a ruthless warrior – all giants of the Renaissance – met on campaign in northern Italy? Paul Strathern explains.

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