Volume 53 Issue 1 January 2003

The House of Trade was set up in Seville on January 20th, 1503, granting the city the exclusive right to trade with the New World.

Jeremy Black, one of the most prolific historians of our time, explains the energy behind his perpetual-motion pen.

Peter Monteath recalls what happened when two explorers, whose nations were battling for supremacy, met on the other side of the world.

Josip Broz, known as Tito since the 1930s, was elected President of the Federal Assembly of Yugoslavia on January 13th, 1953.

Bernard Hamilton unravels the complex tale of the spread of the Christian faith and its competing hierarchies.

David Chandler considers what qualities a top soldier needs to be a winner.

John Walton looks at the hidden problems of crowd safety off the pitch in England in the first half of the twentieth century.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of Britons and Captives.

Penny Young on an eventful year for the town of Bethlehem.

Raymond Campbell Paterson re-examines the fortunes and friendships of a key figure of Charles II’s administration.

A.D. Harvey celebrates the 150th birthday of The Field.

Peter Stevens on the voyage of the Catalpa.

Ian Graham celebrates the efforts of the archaeologist and photographer in opening up for study the Mayan civilisation of central America.

Hugh Brogan looks at the BBC’s great debate on the greatest Britons.