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Volume: 59 Issue: 7

Contents of History Today, July 2009

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The iconic Mini-Minor, which celebrates its half centenary next month, was a British industry triumph before inefficiency stalled its success, writes Andrew...

In 1969 men set foot on the Moon for the first time. The Apollo space programme that put them there was the product of an age of optimism and daring very different...

A right-wing Catholic who crushed all his rivals, Engelbert Dollfuss fought hard to maintain his young republic’s independence. A.D. Harvey looks at the life of...

The building of Istanbul’s new underground railway has uncovered thousands of years of history, including the first complete Byzantine naval craft ever found....

As Algeria prepares this month to host the second Pan-African Cultural Festival, with 48 countries participating, Martin Evans describes the original festival held 40...

Henry II was fatally injured by the Count of Montgomery during a jousting tournament. He died on July 10th, 1559.

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Industrial Revolution in what is now a quiet Shropshire town as well as the 200th anniversary of the...

July 221934 Richard Cavendish remembers the capture and slaying of a the definitive American gangster

A book review by Hugh Brogan

Hugh Purcell looks at how, 90 years ago, the British Empire rejected the principle of racial equality on which the Commonwealth is now based.

Mark Bryant looks at the artist behind one of the most iconic images of the 20th century.

At the end of the 19th century, with religious belief under increasing attack, the British antiquarian Arthur Evans sought to ‘re-enchant’ the world with his...

Alice Jenkins reviews a a study of eccentrics in 19th-century scientific life

Until 1729, London Bridge was the capital’s only crossing over the Thames and a microcosm of the city it served, lined with houses and shops on either side. Leo...

‘Garotting’, or the strangulation of a victim in the course of a robbery, haunted the British public in the 1850s. Emelyne Godfrey describes the measures taken to...

JUL 23rd, 1759 - Richard Cavendish recounts the birth of a great warship

In the 13th century a remarkable trading block was formed in northern Europe. Stephen Halliday explains how the Hanseatic League prospered for 300 years before the...

Richard Davenport-Hines reviews the biography of a Victorian celebrity-hunter

Gregory Radick reviews a title on the German Darwinian biologist and scientific artist

In 1706 a little-known mathematics teacher William Jones first used a symbol to represent the platonic concept of pi, an ideal that in numerical terms can...


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