Volume 49 Issue 3 March 1999
Adrian Seville describes the humble beginnings of the earliest lottery, tracing its development from 16th-century Venice across the Channel to Britain.
Kenneth Baker recalls the early experiences and the school-teacher that instilled him with a love of history.
Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of a crown appointment for the great poet, of March 16th, 1649
In his Longman-History Today awards lecture, David Cannadine considers the art, craft and psychology of the historical book review.
Peter Kramer tells how the popularity of the sci-fi epic proved timely for Ronald Reagan and the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Spain is preparing for thousands of pilgrims along one of the greatest pilgrimage routes of history.
Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of a successful night at the Academy Awards for Laurence Olivier, on March 24th, 1949.
John Garnett assesses the pros and cons of ‘mutual deterrence’, the nuclear defence strategy that both escalated and controlled tensions between the superpowers during the Cold War.
Derrick Baxby looks at the history of the smallpox vaccination, how it was opposed by many, and how the disease was finally eradicated.
Lisa Pine explores the impact of the BDM Nazi girls’ movement and discusses both the opportunities and constraints it presented to young German women.
Richard Cavendish remembers the events of March 5th, 1849
Marika Sherwood looks at the history of racist attacks in Britain, following the criticism of police handling of the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993.
Alan MacColl explores the appropriation of the Arthurian legend for political ends by English monarchs from the twelfth century onwards.
The winners of the prizes in the Longman History-Today awards 1999 are announced.