Volume 33 Issue 6 June 1983

Paul Thompson looks at the newest and oldest form of history.

Jeffrey Daniels wants museum-going to be a more selective activity.

Sallie Purkis shows how oral history sources were used by schoolchildren in a Cambridge local history project.

Gladiatorial shows turned war into a game, preserved an atmosphere of violence in time of peace, and functioned as a political theatre which allowed confrontation between rulers and ruled.

Daniel Bertaux presents an oral history of a traditional French industry.

Alan Sked surveys the historiographical treatment of the notoriously long-winded Habsburg politician.

The battle for the Labour Party is not only a clash of ideologies. As Trevor Fisher argues here, it is also about control of the party – an issue that was dramatically highlighted in 1907 at the annual conference.

Douglas Johnson asks what political or military intrigues lay behind the sudden recall to power, twenty-five years ago this month, of Charles de Gaulle, the wartime leader of the Free French.

The Hundred Years War was fought on French soil. What effects did this have on the lives of the rural French communities?