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Volume: 61 Issue: 3

Contents of History Today, March 2011

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As China reclaims its central role in the world, Robert Bickers appeals to Britons and others in the West to take account of the legacy left by the country’s...

Hugh Thomas tells Paul Lay about his unparalleled research into the lives of the extraordinary generation of men who conquered the New World for Golden Age Spain...

Though it is immersed in the theological ideas of the Middle Ages, the cosmology of Dante’s Divine Comedy is sophisticated, sceptical and tolerant, argues...

Napoleon in the group of a Russian Ambassador.

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

Natasha McEnroe on the reopening of a fascinating but little-known collection.

What was it like to grow up in Nazi Germany in a family quietly opposed to National Socialism? Giles Milton describes one boy’s experience.

A peace conference held in Holland in 1899 in fact ended by rewriting the laws of war, says Geoffrey Best.

Despite their mutual loathing and suspicion, James I and his parliaments needed one another, as Andrew Thrush explains. The alternative, ultimately, was civil war...

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

A groundbreaking project that points the way to the future of the discipline was recognised at our annual celebration of excellence in history.

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of this great emperor's accession, on March 8th, AD161.

On a research trip to Moscow in the late 1990s, Deborah Kaple was given a package of papers by a former Gulag official who believed its contents would be of great...

Sarah Wise highlights a campaign to save a humble treasure.

Roger Moorhouse revisits a perceptive article by John Erickson on the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, first published in History Today in 2001, its...

Medieval historian Nicholas Orme believes that the teaching of history in Britain’s universities is better now than it has ever been.

The Spectator was first published on March 1st, 1711. 

The Mamelukes were massacred in Cairo on March 1st, 1811.

While industrialists in Manchester were busily engaged in developing the factory system, investors in London were applying its principles to the capital’s old pubs...

Berlusconi is a product of the country's incomplete unification, argues Alexander Lee.

The death-obsessed and inward-looking Aztec civilisation sowed the seeds of its own destruction, argues Tim Stanley.

Taylor Downing reviews the winner of the 2010 Longman-History Today Book of the Year Award. 

Richard Davenport-Hines reviews Niall Ferguson's latest work.

In his occasional round up of recent historical fiction Jerome de Groot considers a range of titles showing the range and vitality of the genre. Fiction about the...

Isabel Hilton reviews Patrick Wright's book on early official British visits to communist China.

Gary Sheffield reviews a book about Colonial Australia's relationship with the British army.

John H. Arnold reviews a book edited by Alexandra Walsham

Mary Fulbrook reviews a work on the East Germain secret police by Gary Bruce.

Chris Wrigley reviews Sue Bruley's social history study.


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