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Volume: 60 Issue: 4

Contents of History Today, April 2010

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Richard Hayman traces the changing significance of the Green Man, a term coined in the 1930s for a medieval image of a face sprouting foliage, the meaning of which...

Daniel Snowman reviews a work on the relationship between British historians and those on the continent.

Richard Cavendish provides an overview of the life and career of the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha, who died on April 11th, 1985.

Juliet Gardiner explains why her new book examines a short period of the 20th century and how she attempts to achieve a panorama of experiential history that gives...

Digital technology is rapidly changing the nature and scope of historical enquiry for both academics and enthusiasts. Nick Poyntz introduces a new series that...

Marybeth Hamilton reviews a book on an infamous American anti-hero.

The decision by Sussex University to drop research-led teaching and implement a post-1900 curriculum will produce scholars lacking in historical perspective, says...

Mihir Bose tells the little-known story of the Indian secret agent codenamed ‘Silver’ who served both the Axis and the Allied forces during the Second World War.

Lucy Worsley reveals the strange stories of the cast of characters on the King’s Grand Staircase at Kensington Palace, painted by William Kent for George I in the...

Paul Lay introduces the April 2010 issue of History Today

Richard Vinen reviews a book on the interwar years in France.

As India marks its 60th year as a republic, Jad Adams goes in search of the sometimes elusive legacy of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the 'Father of the Nation'.

Juliet Gardiner reviews a work on style, fashion and feminism.

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Elizabeth Archibald reviews a work on the legendary wizard of British folklore.

Emelyne Godfrey reviews a work on how murder and punishment was treated by Victorian Britain.

A mysterious child from northern Germany, portrayed by William Kent on the King’s Grand Staircase, became one of the sensations of the Georgian age, as Roger...

Suzannah Lipscomb on a book about how the English ate in the high middle ages and early modern era.

Switzerland’s recent vote to ban the building of minarets drew widespread criticism. A look at the historical background to that decision, the result of a...

Nancy Mitford finds that Carlyle’s biography of the King was one of the oddest ever written, but it is ‘so carefully drawn that it finally presents a perfect...

The first Pony Express riders set off on April 3rd, 1860. Richard Cavendish charts its history.

Giles MacDonogh visits the History Today archive to examine Nancy Mitford’s...

For most of Britain’s population, the Restoration had little effect. Life under Charles II was much the same as it was under Cromwell, argues Derek Wilson.

In the mid-18th century – at the height of the power struggle between France and England and the political ferment of both nations – a French spy with a peculiar...

Devastating earthquakes have been chronicled on the island of Hispaniola for the past 500 years, writes Jean-François Mouhot.

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of the founding of Switzerland's first university, at Basel, on April 4th, 1460.

Paul Lay reviews two works on German history.

David Cesarani reviews two books on genocide.

Miri Rubin explores the medieval galleries at the V&A and the British Museum.


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