Volume 53 Issue 8 August 2003

Adrian Mourby reviews three new works connecting music and politics.

News and views from History Today readers.

Janet L. Nelson argues that the study of medieval history in British schools is just what the twenty-first century requires.

Jonathan Conlin considers the history of heritage panics, from relics to Raphaels.

Mikhail Safonov argues that the Beatles did more for the break up of totalitarianism in the USSR than Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov.

Richard Cavendish describes James IV of Scots and Margaret Tudor's wedding on August 8th, 1503.

Andrew Smyth recalls the vision and enterprise of one of Louis XIV’s chief ministers and a Béziers businessman.

Elizabeth A. Fenn examines a little known catastrophe that reshaped the history of a continent.

Peter Furtado on the appointment of a new Director of the Institute of Historical Research.

Kents Cavern, Devon, is famous throughout the world for its wealth of archaeology and geology. Margaret Powling investigates the cave’s prehistoric past and looks towards its future.

Peter Furtado opens the August 2003 issue of History Today.

Simon Sebag Montefiore describes an unlikely project to create an English village in Belorussia involving Catherine the Great’s lover and the philosopher Jeremy Bentham and his brother.

Alastair Dunn discusses the battle and its repercussions in its 600th anniversary year.

James Williams considers hunting as the ideal pastime for the nobility in the sixteenth century.

Richard Cavendish explores the papacy of Pius X, who was elected on August 4th, 1903.

Andrew Cook compares notes from Soviet sources and recently released MI5 files on Klaus Fuchs, the British nuclear physicist and spy who helped the Soviet Union develop the atom bomb.