Volume 53 Issue 9 September 2003

Antony Lockley examines the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and the propaganda battle between the Bolshevik and British forces on the Archangel front.

Peter Furtado looks at the need for urgent action and a major conference to save Venice from flooding.

John Cookson asks what might have happened had Napoleon actually landed on British soil in 1803-5.

Jad Adams traces the momentous and paradoxical consquences of a failed assassination attempt.

Stephen Cretney investigates whether the government colluded in the suppression of evidence that might have prevented Wallis Simpson’s divorce and royal marriage.

Kyle Jones unearths the real expense involved in riding to hounds.

Peter Furtado previews a new exhibition devoted to J.M.W. Turner’s visits to the historic city in the first half of the 19th century.

Assistant Curator Will Palin recalls the labour of love behind the architect and collector Sir John Soane’s efforts to create his home and museum on London’s Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and tells of the major restoration project that marks the 250th anniversary year of Soane’s birth.

Ralph V. Turner considers how and why Magna Carta became a beacon of liberty in Britain and, increasingly, in the United States.

R.I. Moore celebrates the life and achievements of John Roberts, leading scholar of world history.

William Rubinstein looks at a turning point in America’s national sport.

What led Li Zhengsheng, a Chinese newspaper photographer, to preserve vivid images of the Cultural Revolution, even at enormous personal risk?

The East India Company's army led by Arthur Wellesley defeated the Mahrattas at the Battle of Assaye on September 23rd, 1803.

Roman Golicz looks at English attitudes to Russia during the Eastern Crisis of 1870-78.

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Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy's wedding was celebrated in Newport, Rhode Island, on September 12th, 1953.