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Volume 49 Issue 10 November 1999

Charles Baudelaire described Edgar Allan Poe's death, on October 7th, 1849, as 'almost a suicide, a suicide prepared for a long time'.

Barbara Rogers ponders the question of when the British government knew of the true role of Auschwitz-Birkenau in the 'Final Solution'.

Brian Griffin describes the forces that arose from the ashes of the Royal Irish Constabulary to face the very different problems of policing Ireland north and south.

Andrew Roberts argues that Lord Salisbury, the British Prime Minister most identified with imperialism at its acme, in reality saw the Empire as a mixed blessing at best.

Jim Kelsey uncovers a unique Anglo-Saxon collection, enabled by a supportive local council.

Rebuilding the Frauenkirche church which was destroyed in the 1945 Dresden bombings.

Daniel Snowman meets the co-founder of the University of Sussex and doyen of Victorian history.

Revolutions and changes of dynasty seem to have happened with the regularity of clockwork on the island of Java. M.C. Ricklefs investigates.

Barbara Yorke considers the reputation of King Alfred the Great, and the enduring cult around his life and legend.

John D. Grainger investigates the creation of C.S. Forester’s naval hero of the Napoleonic Wars - and identifies not one but two Hornblower originals.

William Rubinstein reviews the research of 'amateur historians' on the Kennedy assassination and suggests a new motive for Lee Harvey Oswald's actions.

Rose Tremain reveals how her fascination with the seventeenth century was the key that unlocked the world of her acclaimed historical novels.

After three years, the conflict came to an end on October 16th, 1949.