Volume 53 Issue 7 July 2003

Paul Dukes looks at the ups and downs of the relationship between the land of the lions and that of the double-headed eagle.

Gordon Marsden sees an identity of outlook between two writers generally seen as occupying opposite ends of the political spectrum in Britain.

Godfrey Hodgson tells of a little-known episode in which an unofficial American diplomat attempted to redraw the political map in the summer of 1914, bringing peace to Europe and development to the Third World.

The Nine Days Queen was pronounced monarch on July 10th, 1553.

Matthew Howells introduces History Compass, a new concept in history publishing.

Patrick Dillon identifies the mid-18th century as a watershed in ideas about reforming society.

News and views from History Today readers.

Simon Jones describes ‘Spirit of the Blitz: Liverpool in the Second World War’, a new exhibition created by National Museums Liverpool which opens at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on July 10th.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of Columbus, Barcelona, the Millennium, Truth, Civilisations, Food and the Americas.

A.A. Orlov looks at the Britons who stayed in Moscow when Napoleon invaded, and those who visited after the destruction.

Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France, on July 19th, 1903, by a margin of almost three hours.

Denise Silvester-Carr visits the house that proved an inspiration to many in the Arts and Crafts movement, and which opens to the public on July 16th.

Mike Cronin and Richard Holt discover the roots of international sport in France.

Lev Anninskiy describes his encounters with censored and uncensored history in Soviet Russia.

Following the publication of The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, Defoe was accused of seditious libel and put in the pillory on the last three days of July 1703.

Anna Chapman considers what lies behind the cult of an East Anglian king killed by the Vikings in 869.

Peter Furtado and Vladimir Dolmatov introduce the July 2003 issue of History Today.