Volume 48 Issue 4 April 1998
By adulating King for his work in the Civil Rights campaigns, we have misrepresented the complexity of those struggles and ignored some of the equally challenging campaigns of his last years.
Stephen Spielberg’s blockbuster Amistad claims to educate as well as entertain; but how accurate is his portrayal of this slave revolt? John Thornton looks at the facts behind the film.
Renaissance Venetians developed a sophisticated technology for keeping the city’s vital waterways free from silt and in the process, as Joseph Black explains, created a unique landscape that inspired travellers and painters.
Richard Cavendish remembers the events of April 9th, 1898
When a king from Bechuana visited England in 1890s, he won friends and respect everywhere he went, and his tale cast new light on the interactions between Britain and her empire, as Neil Parsons explains.
Derek Antrobus uncovers the origins of the Vegetarian Society.
Geoff Butcher describes how, throughout history, Malaria has played a major role in affecting the outcome of human endeavour.
Vivienne Larminie explores the history of the Pays de Vaud, showing how resistance to Protestant reform gave rise to a distinctive culture and, in 1798, a revolt against foreign rule.
Charlotte Crow takes a look at Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and his family from 1842 to 1883.
Brian Ward, author of a new book on the links between Rhythm and Blues music and the Civil Rights movement, tells of Martin Luther King’s little-known experiences as a recording artist.
Richard Cavendish explains some of the consequences of the signature of the Edict of Nantes on April 13th, 1598.
How Napoleon laid up trouble for future generations of Frenchmen by kick-starting Prussian and German domination of Eastern Europe, by Tim Blanning.
Richard Cavendish explores Levens Hall in Cumbria.
Britain's working-class Chartist movement organised a mass meeting at Kennington Common on April 10th, 1848.
Richard Tames introduces an exhibition that explores posters in their many forms at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The second of the two Longman/History Today prize-winning essays on the topic ‘Is distance lending enchantment to the view historians have of the British Empire and its legacies’.