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Volume 51 Issue 5 May 2001

Adam I.P. Smith casts a sceptical eye on the current craze for historical re-enactments

Siegfried Beer looks at the links between The Third Man and British intelligence.

David Cannadine sees the British Empire as a spectacular and colourful extension of the social order of the home country

Anthony Bryer considers the life and work of this great historian, who died in November 2000.

David Brewer shows that while ‘ethnic truth’ does little to explain history, history does much to explain ‘ethnic truth’

Peter H. Wilson suggests that the aggressiveness of Wilhelmine Germany was not necessarily a direct consequence of the Prussian social system of the eighteenth century.

Geoffrey Best, doyen of Victorian history, demonstrates that not all leading scholars start out as swots

Richard Cavendish describes the events leading up to the nationalisation of Iranian oil fields on May 2nd, 1951.

Daniel Snowman previews a new exhibition in Berlin.

On the 60th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Hood, Malcolm Gaskill looks at the prosecution of medium Helen Duncan for witchcraft in 1944.

Philip Stott unravels the emergence of myths about the tropical rain forests.

Jan Bonderson describes a bizarre series of assaults on London ladies in 1790, and explores the effects of this and other heinous crime epidemics on the capital.

Julian Swann reviews real and imagined conspiracies in early modern Europe.

Richard Cavendish recalls the death of the pirate William Kidd, executed on May 23rd, 1701.

Jim Kelsey looks at the current transformation of the Royal Albert Hall.