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Volume: 61 Issue: 12

Contents of History Today, December 2011

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King George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II pose together in 1912. However, the Kaiser had mixed feelings towards Britain and the First World War broke out two years later...

Greg Carleton explains how disastrous defeats for the Soviet Union and the US in 1941 were transformed into positive national narratives by the two emerging...

Gordon Marsden, a former editor of History Today, reflects on the advertisements that helped to fund the first 20 years of this magazine’s publication and...

Jad Adams looks back to a time when, wracked by industrial decline, a nation embraced the world’s first supersonic airliner.

At the Coronation Durbar of 1911 George V announced that the capital of British India was to be transferred from Calcutta to Delhi. But the move to the new model...

Goa fell to Indian troops on December 19th 1961.

A selection of readers' correspondence with the editor, Paul Lay.

Todd Thompson describes how the relationship between a Christian missionary, nicknamed ‘Anderson of Arabia’, and a Muslim religious leader from the Italian-...

Richard Challoner unearths a letter, written in support of a widow and her children, which is revealing of a humanitarian aspect of Lord Nelson.

Katharine and Wilbur Wright, pioneers of powered flight.

Anne Ammundsen laments the lack of public access to a revelatory account of a young English officer who crossed swords – and words – with George Washington.

Robert Service reconsiders Norman Pereira's revisionist account of Stalin's pursuit of power in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, first published in ...

It is the responsibility of parents and politicians to define and pass on a nation's values and identity, argues Tim Stanley. Historians and teachers of history...

The Duke of Marlborough was dismissed from the office of captain-general on December 31st 1711.

Alfred Nobel’s Peace Prize has become something other than its founder intended, claims Fredrik S. Heffermehl.

Enter our crossword and win an audiobook of Marie Antoinette, by Antonia Fraser.

Since the end of the Cold War there has been a marked increase in accounts of the past made by those considered to have been on the ‘losing side’ of history. But...

After he was formally condemned to death in Moscow, the Mexican government offered Trotsky refuge and protection, on December 6th 1936.

David Waller reviews Claire Tomalin's new biography of Charles Dickens.

Rachel Hewitt, author of Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey, discusses her work with Paul Lay.

Rohan McWilliam reviews Jacqueline Yallop's study of the way the obsession of collecting things shaped 19th-century Britain.

A surprising number of Archibishops of Canterbury have met a violent end. Christopher Winn looks at some of the more notorious examples.

Mary Laven reviews Helen Berry's account of the clandestine union between Dorothea Maunsell and the castrato Giusto Ferdinando Tenducci.

As our 60th anniversary year nears its conclusion we asked distinguished historians to choose their favourite works of history produced in the last 60 years and to...

This month we have questions on the Italian secret police force, Britain's first settlement in the West Indies and 18th-century maritime lore.

Richard Weight reviews Peter Catterall's edited volume of Macmillan's diaries.

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