Volume 52 Issue 8 August 2002

One of the most admired and reviled film makers in the history of cinema was born on August 22nd, 1902.

David Nicholls demonstrates that history, rather than being ‘irrelevant’, is a passport to success in the world of work.

With the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in mind, Nigel Burton looks back at the 1911 Festival of Empire and the concept of an 'Inter-Empire Games.

A hundred years later, Michael Bentley looks back upon the arrival and impact of the Cambridge Modern History.

Robert Pearce examines the latest trends in university history.

Giles Worsley explains why so many country houses were demolished in the last century.

Pamela Spencer introduces the new museum on St Helena and provides a brief insight into the history of the island on its 500th anniversary.

Jonathan Hughes looks at the significance, in alchemical terms, of this reign, and what the King himself made of alchemical prophecy.

Simon Kitson highlights the conflicting demands made on the police in postwar France.

Arthur of Brittany was captured on August 1st, 1202.

Andrew Robinson looks at some linguistic puzzles still facing historians.

Mike Finn looks at the Liverpool press to find out what people back home were told about conditions on the Western Front.

On August 11th, 1952, the Jordanian parliament declared that King Talal was suffering from schizophrenia and was unfit to rule and that Hussein was now King of Jordan.

Paul Cartledge sees ancient Spartan society and its fierce code of honour as something still relevant today.

Craig Clunas considers what we can learn of the society of Ming China by looking at how paintings were used as gifts.