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Volume: 59 Issue: 5

Contents of History Today, May 2009

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Despite the seemingly endless celebrations of the events of 1968, it is the legacy of 1979 that lingers on, argues Jeremy Black.

Why do we have history and archaeology? In the light of our understanding of ‘deep time’ Daniel Lord Smail argues that it is high time that the two disciplines...

Stephanie J. Snow looks at four book releases on the topic of medicine, disease and surgery

Mark Bryant sketches the brief life of one of 18th-century London’s most prodigious and daring draughtsmen.

On the eve of the Second World War, the navies of Italy, France and Britain plotted for supremacy in the Mediterranean. Their actions resulted in the fracturing of...

Following her execution by firing squad in Belgium in 1915, Edith Cavell's body was eventually brought back from Brussels to England on May 15th, 1919.

Editor Paul Lay introduces the May 2009 issue of History Today magazine.

A subject and servant of Europe’s most cosmopolitan empire, the composer Joseph Haydn played an important role in the emergence of German cultural nationalism...

Simon Yarrow reviews a new release by Miri Rubin

Richard Cavendish looks back at the Capetian monarch, crowned aged seven.

More than two decades ago, Adam Zamoyski wrote a history of the Poles and their culture. As a major revision of the work is published, he reflects on the nation’s...

Ever since his own time it has been agreed that Richard Cromwell was not the man his father was, which may have been no bad thing. Richard Cavendish looks back....

As the Roman Empire declined its leaders became interested more in personal survival than good governance. Sound familiar? Adrian Goldsworthy draws comparisons...

Past experiments with liberal democracy have led Russia to the brink of civil war, economic collapse and the plunder of state resources. Daniel Beer explains why...

Emelyne Godfrey explains the origins and current appeal of a hybrid martial art that flourished in fin de siècle London and was famously used by Conan Doyle’s...

Eamon Duffy explores the relationship between Mary I and her Archbishop of Canterbury Cardinal Pole. Pole’s advice to his queen about attitudes to Henry VIII and...

Wendy Moore catches a rare glimpse of a medical collection that includes tonsil guillotines and implements for trepanning.

Historical facts about the Druids are few, yet this very lack of tangible evidence has allowed their image to be reworked and appropriated by the English, Irish,...

Roland Quinault looks at how the Victorians saw the old English system of trial by jury as a defining feature of British good government and fair play and as an...


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