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Volume 50 Issue 11 November 2000

Michael Phillips, guest curator of the major exhibition on Blake opening this month at Tate Britain, explores the lifestyle and work of the artist when he lived in Lambeth - and the anti-Jacobin terror of the early 1790s that threatened his radical activities

A key battle in the Great Northern War was fought on November 29th, 1700.

Kay Staniland unravels the threads of a career as costume historian and textile curator at the Museum of London

P.G. Maxwell-Stuart examines the impact of early Christianity on notions of magic and definitions of witchcraft.

Robert Perks explains the value of sound archives in the armoury of the modern historian, and introduces Britain’s premier collection of recorded speech.

Turkish archaeologists work against the clock to discover the secrets of ancient Hasankeyf before it is flooded by the waters of the proposed Ilisu dam

Michael Paris looks at the romanticised image of war in boys’ popular fiction prior to 1914, and at the sustaining appeal of the genre in spite of the realities of that event.

The future king of England was born in his family's court at The Hague on November 4th, 1650.

Edward Pearce considers the vitriolic reception offered by some to Russian Jews seeking asylum in Britain a hundred years ago.

The Exposition Universelle in Paris ended on November 12th, 1900. In seven months, the Exposition drew over 50 million visitors. 

How the Republican triumph over the Federalists in the fiercely fought US elections of 1800 was due to skilful appropriation of the American Revolution to partisan ends

Jeremy Black continues our Portrait of Britain series describing the impact of the French Wars on the islands and the shifting landscape wrought by the Industrial Revolution.

Eric Kentley reviews the Design Museum’s new exhibition on Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Jon Silverman asks whether Britain’s sporadic and tardy efforts to pursue Nazi war criminals reflects a lack of skill or a lack of will.

In 1946 George Orwell confessed that, since nine out of ten books are worthless, reviewers have constantly to invent feeling towards books about which they have no spontaneous feelings whatever. Obviously he was not acquainted with the huge number of books which are conveniently grouped under the heading ‘history’, but whose diversity and quality make us realise what an incredibly diverse and intriguingly amorphous subject we are dealing with.

The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, edited by Richard J.A. Talbert

Princeton University Press; 175 pages, plus CD-Rom Directory; £205