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Volume 55 Issue 5 May 2005

Party strategists are no new phenomenon, Dominic Wring says; the Labour Party has always been concerned with marketing its brand image.

Umej Bhatia discusses Muslim memories of the Crusades and their resonances in Middle Eastern politics today.

Russell Chamberlin describes the revelations of a recent conference on the archaeology of Cleopatra’s Alexandria.

Anthony Pollard asks whether the battle should rightly be seen as the launch of the Wars of the Roses.

Sarah Searight highlights the problem of pillaging for those trying to piece together Mali’s rich heritage.

Guy de la Bédoyère, perhaps better known for his work on Roman Britain, pursues the life of John Evelyn, and his correspondence with Samuel Pepys.

James Robertson investigates the Lord Protector’s ambitious plans for war with Spain in the Caribbean.

Jamie Oliver is the latest in a long line of food reformers. John Burnett looks at the campaign of the Reform Bread League to improve the nation’s loaf.

Mike Huggins investigates the origins of Britain’s morass of sporting rivalries.

Mihir Bose investigates the case of Subhas Chandra Bose in Bengal in 1924 to show what can happen when a government is able to lock people up on the suspicion of terrorism.

As the rest of Britain gears up for the sixtieth anniversary of VE Day on May 8th, Peter Tabb describes the last moments of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, where the end of the War came twenty-four hours later.

The mutual defence treaty between Communist states was signed on May 14th, 1955.

Beryl Williams marks the centenary of the revolutionary year 1905, and discusses the impact of the massacre outside the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, and the complex events throughout Russia that preceded and followed Bloody Sunday.

Neil Gregor looks at Germany and the legacies of war.

The Roman emperor abdicated on May 1st, 305.