Volume 50 Issue 5 May 2000

Richard Cavendish describes the execution of James Graham, Marquess of Montrose, on May 21st, 1650.

Flashman author George MacDonald Fraser explains how ‘history disguised as fiction’ has been his inspiration and is also his aim.

Peter Monteath discusses the origins and fate of a huge Nazi holiday camp planned to invigorate the German workforce by means of ‘Strength through Joy’.

William D. Rubinstein reviews the achievements of the Ripperologists and considers the arguments surrounding the so-called Ripper Diaries.

Ludmilla Jordanova insists on the importance of history beyond the groves of academia, and considers some of the challenges that historians face in this field.

Nick Cull explores how the smash-hit horror film exploited all the issues that most worried Americans in the early 1970s.

Peter Furtado peruses the refurbished National Portrait Gallery, unveiled on May 4th, to cope with 21st century visitors.

Daniel Snowman talks to Britain’s most distinguished military historian and the Defence Editor of the Daily Telegraph.

Michael Kustow gives his impressions of the David Irving libel trial against Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books, which raises important questions of the nature of historical evidence and its understanding.

Denis Stevens describes a unique system of social support in 18th-century Venice that brought great economic, social and cultural benefits.

Matthew Hilton examines the mystique surrounding tobacco which continues to confound the anti-smoking lobby.

Richard Cavendish describes the relief of Mafeking, following a seven-month siege, on May 16th/17th, 1900.

Richard Cavendish charts the early life of the abolitionist John Brown, born on May 9th, 1800.

Emma Mason argues that rising population brought a surprising degree of movement, politically, geographically and socially.