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Volume: 61 Issue: 6

Contents of History Today, June 2011

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During the seventh century the Arabs invaded North Africa three times, bringing not just a new religion but a language and customs that were alien to the native...

Richard Cavendish charts the life of the author Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was born on June 14th, 1811.

Despite the popularity of shows like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Britain’s Gypsy Travellers still face longstanding prejudice, warns Becky Taylor.

Medieval knights were the sporting superstars and military heroes of their day, who performed before an adoring public in the tournament. Nigel Saul explains their...

John French died on May 22nd, 1925. In this article from our June 2011 issue, Adam Hochschild looks at his relationship with his sister, Charlotte Despard, a...

The Australian pioneer Robert O'Hara Burke died of starvation on June 30th, 1861.

John Swinfield describes the bizarre politics behind the British government’s attempt to launch a pair of airships in the 1920s and how a project that might have...

The anti-government protests in Egypt earlier this year swept through Cairo and Alexandria before measures could be taken to protect antiquities in museums and...

Brazil may be one of the 21st century’s emerging superpowers, but its history is a mystery to many. Gabriel Paquette tells the story of its early years as an...

History Today was launched in 1951, the year of the Festival of Britain. Barry Turner challenges Arthur Marwick’s impressions, first published in 1991, of...

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

Richard Cavendish describes how General Somoza organised an armed uprising and seized power in Nicaragua, on June 9th 1936.

In the late 18th century the merchants, manufacturers and traders of Liverpool founded one of the first chambers of commerce in Britain with the aim of promoting...

Adam Hochschild looks at an unlikely pair of siblings whose high profile yet very different approach to the events of the early 20th century reflect a turbulent...

Think you know your history? Try the History Today quiz from the June issue of our magazine.

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

David Cameron has called India Britain's 'partner of choice' and is anxious to forge stronger trade links with the country. Yet how well do the British understand...

The desire of western governments, most notably those of Britain, to apologise for the actions of their predecessors threatens to simplify the complexities of...

Richard Bosworth looks at the Vittoriano, the Italian capital’s century-old monument to Victor Emmanuel II and Italian unification and still the focus of competing...

The Aeneid, Virgil’s epic Latin poem, offers as profound an insight into the current Libyan crisis as any 24-hour news channel, argues Robert Zaretsky...

Diana Souhami reviews Kathleen Winters' biography of Amelia Earhart.

John Morrill reviews Andrew Barclay's account of Cromwell's election as MP for Cambridge in 1640.

Juliet Gardiner reviews this illustrated history of London in the 1920s.

Judith Brown reviews Patrick French's portrait of modern India.

Jacob Middleton reviews a book about the fear, real and imagined, of crime in the Victorian era.

Vyvyen Brendon reviews F.R.H. Du Boulay's account of his family's history in India.

Anna Sanderson reviews three accounts of imperial history from the point of view of the colonists.

Hugh Stephenson reviews David Cordingly's account of the 'golden age' of piracy in the Caribbean.

William S. McFeely reviews Eric Foner's account of Abraham Lincoln's position on slavery.

Rosie Llewellyn Jones reviews Bobby Singh's history of the Europeans who lived at the Lahore court of Ranjit Singh in the nineteenth century. 


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