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Volume: 60 Issue: 12

Contents of History Today, December 2010

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Wellington’s victories over the forces of Napoleon were critical to Britain’s ascendancy to superpower status. Peter Snow wonders why such a thrilling period of...

As Coronation Street celebrates half a century in the nation’s living rooms, Andrew Roberts looks at why an intensely parochial television series that has...

Detective stories captured the imaginations of the British middle classes in the 20th century. William D. Rubinstein looks at the rise of home-grown writers such...

Has the British family undergone an unparalleled breakdown since the 1960s, as is often claimed? Pat Thane argues that there never was a golden age of domestic...

The historian’s desire for certainty is hard to square with the fragility of sources and their constant reworking by the profession. Casting a cold eye on the...

What can the historian learn from writing fiction? Lisa Hilton, whose first novel is set in south-west France, discovered revelations about the area as well as her...

Nigel Saul salutes his colleague’s achievement of 100 authored books on a wide range of historical subject matter.

Paul Lay selects the best of correspondence this month

Once the classical world’s dominant port, by the early 19th century the city founded by Alexander the Great was seemingly in terminal decline. But the energy and...

‘Complex marriage’, ‘male continence’ and the selection of the perfect partner were all themes propounded by a 19th-century cult in New York State. Clive Foss...

Though Protestants sought to distance themselves from Roman Catholics on the subject, angels  played a key role in Protestant culture as a means by which to...

Paul Lay is moved by an exhibition of tokens left by the mothers of children abandoned during the mid-18th century.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of December 30th, 1460.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of December 20th, 1860.

Geoff Coyle revisits an article by Chris Wrigley, ...

The farthing ceased to be legal tender on December 31st, 1960.

In his occasional round up of recent historical fiction Jerome de Groot considers a wide range of books demonstrating the range and vitality of the genre. Fiction...

Paul Lay introduces the December issue of our 60th volume. 


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