Volume 52 Issue 6 June 2002

Sebastian Balfour recalls the use and effects of chemical warfare during, and after, the early decades of the twentieth century.

Steven Parissien considers the reputation of one of the most controversial of British monarchs: the king who lost the American colonies, spent much of his life in psychological distress but whose active interest in the arts and sciences, and his generous patronage, distinguished him from his Hanoverian predecessors.

W. M. Ormrod describes the career of the king whose fifty years on the throne are best remembered for his wars with France and Scotland, and his foundation of the Order of the Garter.

Robert Lacey, royal biographer and commentator, describes his enthusiasm for joyously traditional history.

Karen Thomas previews 'Queen of Sheba: Treasures from Ancient Yemen', the main exhibition at the British Museum over the summer months.

Lynne Vallone reviews the life of the woman who has occupied the throne longer than any other individual, and considers the tensions between her private and public selves.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of June 12th, 1952

An overview of the life of Lord Acton of Aldenham, one of the founders of the English Historical Review and Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge.

Jenny Wormald reviews the career of the man who was King of Scotland for fifty-seven years and King of England for twenty-two, and whose great dream was to create a unified kingdom of Great Britain.

Nicholas Vincent reviews the career of the king whose long reign was overshadowed by the rivalries of his nobles, and who is primarily remembered for his piety and his building activity.

Jessica Harrison-Hall introduces the upcoming exhibition of Vietnamese art at the British Museum.

Angela V. John looks at the uncomfortably long and close links between slavery and the cocoa trade.

Michael Hunter reflects on the life of the late Roy Porter.

Richard Cavendish charts the life of the novelist, diarist and playwright Frances Burney who was born on June 13th, 1752.

Anthony Head describes the ways in which an atrocity has been commemorated, sixty years on.

Though the Euro may seem modern, its roots go back to the 9th century. Simon Coupland introduces the single European currency of Louis the Pious.