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Volume: 60 Issue: 10

Contents of History Today, October 2010

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The Neanderthals failed to adapt to climate change and may have died out in as little as a thousand years. Are we making the same mistakes, asks Mike Williams....

Emma Christopher analyses the recent treatment of the sensitive issue of slavery and abolition, both by historians and popular culture at large.

Richard Cavendish marks an important anniversary for one of Europe's most fantastic pieces of medieval architecture.

In October 1935 Mussolini’s Fascist Italian forces invaded Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) at a crucial moment in the run-up to the Second World War. Daniel Whittall...

Nick Poyntz looks at the ways in which mobile phone 'apps' can bring historical insight to our everyday environment.

The idea of a female monarch was met with hostility in medieval England; in the 12th century Matilda’s claim to the throne had led to a long and bitter civil war....

The author Graham Greene journeyed to West Africa in 1935, ostensibly to write a travel book. But, claims Tim Butcher, it was a cover for a spy mission on behalf...

Stephen Gundle, joint curator of a current exhibition on anti-Fascist art and the decline of the cult of Mussolini, examines the political demise and commercial...

A cremation ghat built in Brighton for Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War has recently been inscribed with their names, writes Rosie Llewellyn-Jones...

Magnus Stenbock, the Swedish aristocrat and war hero, lived his life in pursuit of honour. Yet, as Andreas Marklund reveals, he died in disgrace, broken by the...

Court fashion, a love of birdsong and the pressures of being a king are some of the subjects discussed in letters between Philip II of Spain and his teenage...

Janet Voke meets Joachim Rønneberg, survivor of one of the most daring actions of the Second World War: the sabotage of a German heavy water plant deep in occupied...

With the chance of renewed political will to fund the Navy, possibly to the detriment of the Army, Nick Hewitt wonders if British defence policy is reverting to...

Richard Cavendish traces the evolution of today's 'mega-bucks' sports industry back to a small competition in Scotland in the mid-19th Century.

Richard Cavendish commemorates the traumatic but ultimately victorious march of Mao Zedong and the Chinese Communists.

The philosophical writings of the author of War and Peace inspired followers from Moscow to Croydon and led to the creation of a Christian anarchist reform...

Emelyne Godfrey reviews a title by Sharrona Pearl.

Hugh Brogan reviews a book on American presidents by Nigel Hamilton

Valerie Holman reviews a book on Second World War publishing, by John B. Hench.

David Rooney reviews a work by David Blockley.

Stephen Halliday reviews a work on Victorian London by Drew D. Gray.

Joe Moran reviews a book by Paul Addison.

Juliet Gardiner reviews a book on Punch's Second World War cartoons

Philip Mansel reviews a book by Nicholas Henshall.

Alan Powers reviews a work on architecture by Nikolaus Pevsner


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