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Volume 41 Issue 11 November 1991

History Workshop celebrates its birthday

Lions led by donkeys? Britain's most traumatic land offensive of the First World War drew to its conclusion in November 1916. Trevor Wilson and Robin Prior reassess the campaign, the wisdom of its strategy and tactics, and the reputation of its C-in-C, Douglas Haig.

Nancy Mitford takes a perceptive and ironic look at the reaction of 18th-century French 'society' to the Enlightenment's great philosophe.

Must the historians be morally neutral on the subject he or she investigates? Michael Burleigh offers a personal view.

Richard Cavendish visits the society dedicated to Britain's great military hero.

Anthony Seldon considers when and why history ends and current affairs begin.

From Augustine to Alfred - Janet Backhouse discusses the material evidence and new views that are the backcloth to the major exhibition of Anglo-Saxon art and culture opening at the British Museum this month.

Robin Blackburn describes how the message of liberte, egalite, fraternite, acted as crucial catalyst for race and class uprisings in Europe's Caribbean colonies.

Julia Simpson on a new museum celebrating the clog shoe

Did he fall... or was he pushed? Michael MacDonald investigates the cause celebre of Arthur Capel, Earl of Essex, found with his throat cut in the Tower of London and sheds light on attitudes to suicide and the political and religious strife of Restoration England.

John Crossland compares the investigative approach of historians and journalists.

Margaret Jervis looks at Professor Martin Bernal's controversial work on Greek prehistory.

Stephen Rigby argues that Marxist analysis has had an underrated role in the social and economic interpretation of the medieval world.