Volume 54 Issue 5 May 2004

Jonathan Phillips sees one of the most notorious events in European history as a typical ‘clash of cultures’.

Judy Corbett and Peter Welford tell Peter Furtado about their inspired restoration of a venerable Renaissance house in North Wales.

A selection from our monthly post-bag from readers...

David Gaimster explains how the English Reformation is emerging as a key area of interest in British archaeology, and how the discipline sheds a unique light on the cultural changes of the period.

Richard Cavendish describes the French defeat in Indochina, on May 7th, 1954.

The origins of the famous company.

Helen Graham reveals the key role historians are playing in the aftermath of Franco’s ‘Uncivil Peace’.

Virginia Berridge examines the relevance of past experiences to current policy-making.

Peter H. Wilson revisits the War of the Triple Alliance, Latin America’s bloodiest conflict.

Dean Juniper argues that war encouraged the development of radio technology, as of so much else.

Carol Davis visits a church in Liverpool that has tragic links with the Irish Famine. The opening of a new study centre there will assist those trying to trace ancestors affected by the disaster.

Editor Peter Furtado highlights this month's magazine topics.

Patricia Fara calls for a more inclusive, and realistic, history of Science.

Paul Dukes examines the historical roots of this month’s enlargement of the European Union.

Andrew Petersen uncovers the city that was once an Islamic capital, and suggests reasons for its decline in the eleventh century.

Richard Cavendish describes the race in which Roger Bannister ran the first sub-four-minute mile, on May 6th, 1954.

Susan Pedersen introduces Eleanor Rathbone who devoted her career as a politician and social reformer during the turbulent interwar years to improving the lot of women and refugees.

Marlene Dietrich’s wartime uniform has recently been presented to the Imperial War Museum.

Patricia Pierce tells the tale of William-Henry Ireland, whose teenage angst led him to pull off an unlikely hoax.