Volume 31 Issue 10 October 1981
Nagasaki is often immediately associated with the American atomic attack on August 9th, 1945. However, it was also, for over two centuries, the only place in Japan open to foreigners. How were Europeans received there?
W.G. Beasley continues our special feature on Japan: The Closed Country, with a look at the late 19th century Japanese diplomatic mission to the west.
A.A. Powell on a new exhibition and publication from the British Library.
John Robinson looks at the sorry state of a London monument
Irene Coltman Brown argues that Lord Acton foresaw that the course of modern nationalism, no longer subject to moral law, 'will be marked with material as well as moral ruin'.
Richard Holmes continues our series with a look at the Problems of Military Biography.
Charles Mordaunt, Third Earl of Peterborough, 1658-1735, is probably best remembered as the captor of Barcelona in 1705. Aram Bakshian Jr. shows that, in addition to being a soldier, he was also 'a sailor, courtier, conspirator, diplomat, wit and rake'.
John Vincent asks a key question of the Conservative politician.
Neither the Greeks nor the Romans paid much attention to the achievements or customs of the peoples that they conquered. As Jenny Morris shows here, in the case of their Jewish subjects this indifference caused problems that had both religious and political repercussions.
Maggie Black continues her cultural history of food with a look at preserves.
C.R. Boxer begins our special feature on Japan, considering the reception of Europeans in the country from the 16th century.