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Volume 49 Issue 5 May 1999

Richard Cavendish explains how the proposal to change the name of Siam to Thailand was eventually accepted on May 11th, 1949.

Greg Stevenson tells the story of the 1930s decorative artist Clarice Cliff who brought modern art to suburbia with her Cubist-influenced art deco ceramics for everyday use.

The young Queen was shot at on May 19th, 1849.

Donal Lowry shows how the Boers could count on worldwide support in their struggle with Britain with some sympathisers backing them on the battlefield.

A number of British Heritage sites have been nominated for recognition by UNESCO

The rival leaders in Spain’s Civil War were as different as the causes they embodied. Paul Preston compares their contrasting characters.

Patricia Cleveland-Peck, examines the role of cookbooks and social history.

Tony Benn discusses the individuals and influences that underpin his belief in the importance of developing a historical perspective.

1999 is clearly a year for commemorating Cromwell. But why?

Michael Broers describes Napoleon’s efficient police-state and shows how the system became a model for rulers throughout Europe.

Kenneth O. Morgan contrasts the differing historical roots of devolution in Scotland and Wales, and argues that the two nations may be on the verge of a renaissance

The Indian ruler and resister of the East India Company was killed by the British on May 4th, 1799.

Bruce Kent reflects on the achievements and shortcomings of the peace movement and anti-nuclear weapons campaigns of the 1980s, from a post-Cold War perspective.

Simon Craig discusses the long-term feud between the Scottish football teams Celtic and Rangers and a rare episode ninety years ago, when fans from both sides united against the authorities.

Tony Blair becomes the third British PM to receive this annual prize for promoting European unity.

Simon Coates explores the symbolic meanings attached to hair in the early medieval West, and how it served to denote differences in age, sex, ethnicity and status.