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Volume: 59 Issue 9

Contents of History Today, September 2009

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Twenty years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall Martin Evans introduces a short series looking at changing attitudes to history in the former Communist states....

Richard Cavendish remembers the death of England's only pope, on September 1st, 1159.

Editor Paul Lay introduces the September issue of History Today

Two hundred and fifty years ago a British Army under General James Wolfe won a momentous battle at Quebec. But, as Stephen Brumwell argues, a crucial – and...

Recent research by medical scientists and historians suggests that George III had manic depression rather than porphyria. Scholars will need to take a fresh look...

A curious relationship exists between the Caucasus state and the West,  explored by Nigel Fountain.

Catherine Merridale examines competing versions of Russia's troubled past in the light of present politics.

Terry Deary’s hugely popular Horrible Histories have leapt beyond the page onto airwaves, stage and screen. Peter J. Beck considers the success of the format and what...

Frances Spalding on John Piper’s pursuit of an English vision during the Second World War.

According to the will of Henry VIII, it was the younger sister of the ill-fated Lady Jane Grey who would follow Elizabeth I to the throne of England. Yet few now know...

A selection of your letters this month

On the tercentenary of the famous London writer’s birth, Peter Martin celebrates the legacy of a man admired for his insight and humanity, qualities forged in the...

Since at least the 18th century, the traditional English summer sport has inspired cartoonists, as Mark Bryant demonstrates.

The repatriation of British soldiers’ bodies from Afghanistan goes against a long tradition of burying the war dead in some foreign field and brings the conflict...

The German army’s training, discipline and Blitzkrieg tactics – directed by the supremely confident Führer – swept away Polish resistance in 1939. It took the...

Richard Overy examines recent analyses of how Europe became embroiled in major conflict just two decades after the trauma of the Great War and we look at events...

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of September 21st, 1809.

Paul Cartledge reviews a biography of the ancient historian Herodotus by Justin Marozzi

Richard Cavendish explains how, on September 12th, 1959, the Soviet Union launched Luna 2, the first spacecraft to successfully reach the Moon.

John Haywood explains why the tactics adopted by the Gallic leader Vercingetorix to resist Julius Caesar’s conquest of Gaul played into Roman hands.


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