Volume 40 Issue 10 October 1990
Hilary Turner unrolls the life and achievements of a fifteenth-century Florentine humanist whose self-taught efforts at acquiring Greek and wandering the Aegean contributed to Renaissance mapmaking and a wider understanding of the classical world.
'In my Father's house there are many mansions'... but whether or not they could accommodate Gandhi and Hindu nationalist aspirations was a question that exercised British theologians and Christian politicians between the wars. Gerald Studdert-Kennedy charts the relationship between them and the apostle of non-violence against the British Raj.
Christopher Bayly, organiser of a major new exhibition on the British and India at the National Portrait Gallery, discusses its making and the complexities of presenting the myths and realities behind the Raj.
Bernard Crick looks at the cost of historical mediations.
Keith M. Brown questions the extent to which humanism and Renaissance courtliness had weaned the Stuart aristocracy from random acts of violence and taking the law into their own hands.
Special round-up of seasonal offerings from publishers, previewing some of the interesting and intriguing history books newly on the shelves for both the general reader and the specialist.
End or beginning? Catherine Hills discusses how recent archaeology is filling in the gaps in our knowledge of 5th-and 6th-century Britain, fuelling the debate about just how important marauding invaders were to the changes that followed the legion's departure.
Anita Prazmowska unwinds the tangled skeins of grievance and interest that left the newly-emergent states east of Vienna unsure of who were friends or foes in the years following Versailles.
Ann Hills on Trinity House and new uses for lighthouses.
Hugh David on programmes of war