Volume 50 Issue 7 July 2000

Tony Stockwell looks behind the exotic facade to examine the role of the kings of Siam and Thailand in modernising their country.

The reunification of Berlin’s libraries after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Susan-Mary Grant looks at the motivations of ordinary citizens to fight their fellow Americans under either the Confederate or the Union flags.

Robert Peel suffered a fatal fall from his horse on June 29th, 1850. He died three days later.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of Russia and its peoples.

Nigel Saul tells how, in spite of famines and visitations of the plague, conditions were better than ever before for those living in 1400.

Simon Craig discovers that drug abuse in professional sport goes back more than a hundred years.

Paul Wingrove looks at the roles of Stalin, Mao and Kim Il Sung.

July 12th, 1450

Huw V. Bowen asks whether the East India Company was one of the ‘most powerful engines’ of state and empire in British history.

Ludovic Kennedy tells how an early introduction to British law set him on a path devoted to campaigning for justice.

The anniversary of De Gaulle’s London address to ‘Free France’.

Malcolm Billings reviews the astonishing holdings of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology at Bodrum, Turkey.

Rod Phillips explains why, in spite of the reputation of old vintages, most wine consumed in the past would not have suited modern palates.