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Volume: 61 Issue: 2

Contents of History Today, February 2011

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Decadent, effeminate, outdated, the image of the Cavalier remains that of his enemies, victorious in the Civil Wars. John Stubbs offers a rather more complex...

The successful Broadway run of The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall’s drama set in a north-east mining community, has introduced US audiences to a remarkable...

Richard Cavendish remembers Ivan Pavlov who died on February 27th, 1936. Pavlov won the Nobel Prize for physiology in 1904.

The innocence of France’s Captain Dreyfus – a Jewish officer incarcerated on Devil’s Island after he was accused of spying for Germany – has long been established...

Richard Cavendish remembers the death of Emperor Septimus Severus on February 4th, 211.

Paul Lay introduces the February issue of our 61st volume.

A series of violent attacks by pale shrouded figures on lone pedestrians, especially women, was widely reported in the early 19th century. Jacob Middleton...

The creation of the modern unified German state in January 1871 constitutes the greatest diplomatic and political achievement of any leader of the last two...

A monarch’s divine ability to cure scrofula was an established ritual when James I came to the English throne in 1603. Initially sceptical of the Catholic...

Jan Gossaert made his name working for the Burgundian court and was among the first northern artists to visit Rome, writes Susan Foister, curator of...

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

The current House of Commons is notable for the number of members who are also historians. Will Robinson welcomes this trend, while reminding us of Parliament’s...

Chris Wickham revisits an article by J.B.Morrall, first published in History Today in 1959, on the strange, shortlived emperor who in the tenth century...

As we soak up television dramas that revel in the scandalous personal lives of popes and kings, we are in danger of losing sight of these figures’ real historical...

The English diet has been mythologised as one of roasted meats and few vegetables but, as Anita Guerrini concludes from a survey of early modern writings on the...

In our series in which historians look back on the changes that have taken place in their field in the 60 years since the founding of History Today,...

Few British soldiers have written of their experiences of the Northern Ireland Troubles. Here, former infantry officer Patrick Mercer recalls his tours, which...

George Augustus Frederick was appointed Prince Regent to his father King George III on February 5th, 1811. He was a heavy drinker and a compulsive gambler....

Adam I.P. Smith reviews a work by Amanda Foreman.

Amélie Kuhrt reviews a new book by Amanda H. Podany.

Paul Brassley reviews a history of the Ordnance Survey in Britain, by Rachel Hewitt.

Daniel Whittal reviews a book on the Second World War experiences of Britain's black communities, by Stephen Bourne

Michael Hunter reviews a book on early modern London by Malcolm Thick.

Roger Moorhouse reviews an innovative history of an iconic weapon.

Erica Fudge reviews a book on Chinese history, zoology and the habitat of the Giant Panda.


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