Volume 50 Issue 4 April 2000

Paul Doolan describes the unique 400-year-long trading, intellectual and artistic contacts between the Dutch and the Japanese.

The launch of Phoenix Press to discover out of print history titles that deserve to be brought back into print.

Richard Cavendish describes the events leading up to Jordan's annexation of the West Bank, on April 24th, 1950.

Richard Cavendish explains how a fleet led by Pedro Álvares Cabral reached the Brazilian coast on April 22nd, 1500.

Kathy Chater recalls how a chance discovery in family history threw up much wider questions about perceptions of black Britons in the 18th century.

The woman behind one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions died on April 16th, 1850

A comprehensive review of new history books appearing between January and June, with something to satisfy all tastes.

Jane Griffiths and Edmund Weiner tell of plans to bring the Oxford English Dictionary up to date and how historians can help.

Ronald F. Maxwell reviews a new film chronicling the life of Joan of Arc.

Paul Greenhalgh provides some background to the V&A's 'Art Nouveau' exhibition.

David Culbert on a cinematic blend of propaganda and entertainment that proved remarkably successful with US audiences during the Second World War.

Leah Leneman describes the traps for the unwary caused by the marriage laws of 18th-century Scotland.

The novelist D.M. Thomas describes how he gained inspiration from a black-and-white photograph of Finnish troops fighting in the Winter War.

Tony Aldous introduces Sir Neil Cossons, the new chairman of English Heritage.

Brian Golding looks at life under the Norman Yoke during the consolidating reign of Henry I.

Edward Pearce compares the careers of two giants of Fleet Street, A.G. Gardiner and J.L. Garvin.