Volume 54 Issue 11 November 2004

Hugh Small challenges the accepted view of why the Light Brigade charged the Russian guns at Balaclava on October 25th, 1854.

Giles Radice, for many years Labour MP for Durham and chronicler of the politics of his party, describes how the past became important to him.

Glenn Richardson looks at almost nine hundred years of enmity, jealousy and mutual fascination, a hundred years after the Entente Cordiale.

Have politicians always been seen as liars? Mark Knights finds political spin at work in the early party politics of Queen Anne’s England.

Editor Peter Furtado explores this month's features and major anniversaries being covered.

David Metz recalls the dark days of the miners’ strike and considers how close the Tory government came to defeat.

Andrew Lambert explains why Nelson’s life and death should never be forgotten.

David Harrison considers one of the greatest but most underrated achievements of the medieval world: the hundreds of bridges that defined the British communication system up to the 19th century.

June Purvis looks back at thirty years of women’s history in Britain.

John Lucas rejoices at the return of Christopher Wren’s Temple Bar to London after more than 120 years of ‘exile’ in Hertfordshire.

Peter Furtado selects some thoughts from our readers.

Andrew Cook describes how a chance encounter with Houdini had a profound impact on the methods of Britain’s leading First World War spymaster.

On November 1st, 1954, an insurrection broke out in Algeria.

Juliet Gardiner looks at what it meant to refuse to fight or lend support to the war effort in the Second World War, the different reasons people asserted this right, and how their actions were interpreted in wartime Britain.

Andrew Syk investigates whether one British army division truly comprised ‘lions led by donkeys’, or whether its officers learned the lessons of their early mistakes.

The queen of Castile died on November 24th, 1504.

When Teddy Roosevelt was re-elected, on November 8th, 1904, his words to his wife Edith were: 'My dear, I am no longer a political accident'.

Historical novelist Linda Proud explains why she thinks fiction can be as truthful as ‘fact’.