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Volume: 61 Issue: 9

Contents of History Today, September 2011

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The creator of Meccano, Hornby model railways and Dinky toys died on September 21st, 1936, aged 73 and a millionaire.

The discovery of a letter written by the great physician sheds new light on one of the most dramatic events in Roman history, as Raoul McLaughlin explains.

In a reign of just 15 years Æthelstan united the English for the first time. Yet many of the facts about him remain elusive. Sarah Foot describes the challenges of...

In the late 1890s Herbert Hoover, the future 31st President of the United States, took his new bride to Tianjin in north China to pursue his career as a geologist...

Having fled Hitler’s Berlin, Oscar Westreich gained a new identity in Palestine. He eventually joined the British army, whose training of Jewish soldiers proved...

A charming rural scene in turn of the century Ireland.

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

The idea that the German foreign office during the Nazi period was a stronghold of traditional, aristocratic values is no longer tenable according to recent...

Richard Lansdown introduces Hugh Welch Diamond, one of the fathers of medical photography, whose images of the insane both reflected and challenged prevailing...

Patricia Cleveland-Peck looks at the long history of plant dispersal between the New World and the Old.

The Russian prime minister was shot during festivities to mark the centenary of the liberation of Russia's serfs on September 14th, 1911.

Rupert Murdoch’s motives only make sense from a historical perspective, argues Piers Brendon.

Lauren Kassell reveals how the casebooks, diaries and diagrams of the late-16th-century astrologer Simon Forman provide a unique perspective on a period when the...

As Matthew Shaw demonstrates, scandal sold newspapers 200 years ago, just as it does today.

Christopher B. Krebs considers Irene Coltman Brown’s article on the ambivalent and ironic Roman historian Tacitus, first published in History Today in...

The American Civil War was not a simple struggle between slaveholders and abolitionists, argues Tim Stanley.

George III was crowned on September 22nd, 1761, aged 22. One of the longest reigns in English history was under way.

We like to think of ourselves as having made progress from those repressed Victorians. However, since the 1970s, feminists, gay activists and historians have been...

The conquest of Java, now part of Indonesia, is one of the least known episodes of British imperialism. But this short interregnum influenced the governance of the...

Nick Poyntz reviews Jonathan Green's history of how crime has been described over the past five centuries.

Paul Lay interviews Michael wood, author of The Story of England, a narrative of 2,000 years in the lfie of an 'utterly ordinary' English village.

Penny Summerfield reviews Virginia Nicholson's latest book which explores the experiences of women during and after the Second World War.

Hannah Greig on a new book that aims to rescue Moll from her modern re-invention as a naughty Georgian pin-up.

How true is Deborah Lutz's claim that the Swinging Sixties really began in the 1860s?

How and why was the long-established practice of offering criminals protection within a church abolished in the 16th century?

Nigel Saul reviews John Goodall's account of castle history.

Art historian Jonathan Black has collected Eric Kennington's wartime portraits in this book about 'heroes and heroines'.

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