Volume 48 Issue 2 February 1998

Claire Tomalin previews a National Portrait Gallery exhibition which focuses on mother and daughter Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of February 4th, 1948

John Horgan examines the attempts by the new Irish Free State government to disarm the IRA at the end of the civil war in 1923 and the way in which the issue of the IRA arms dumps rumbled on in Irish politics for the next ten years. 

Andrew Pettegree charts Hans Holbein’s path from Germany to England and points to the ironies of his reputation as a great Protestant painter.

Charles Esdaile explores grass roots opposition to Napoleonic rule, the forms it took and how the empire fought back.

Edward Pearce reflects on how clever men have frequently produced the wrong answer to ‘The Irish Question’

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of February 27th, 1848

Nicholas Doumanis discovers surprisingly favourable memories of Italian occupation from the Dodecanese Greeks who experienced it between the years 1912-43.

Antony Taylor reveals that Eco-Warriors were active more than a century ago.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of February 11th, 1948

Barry Doyle compares today's multiplex cinemas with the picture palaces of pre-war Britain.

Richard Cavendish visits Plas Newydd, the seat of the Marquess of Anglesey.

Denise Silvester-Carr celebrates the reopening of Charleston House to the public.

The United States battleship was blown up in an explosion which killed 260 men on board on February 15th, 1898. What caused the explosion and who was responsible?

Ed Young investigates the ancient process of Egyptian mummification.

Jeremy Black tells how the delicate system of international relations and ancien regime diplomacy was shattered by the Emperor’s arrogance and refusal to play by the rules.