Volume 56 Issue 3 March 2006

Editor Peter Furtado explains our current series on cartoons and its relevance today.

Stella Tillyard explains how she came to write multiple biographies of 18th-century families, most recently that of George III whose brothers and sisters were enmeshed in webs of intrigue, something that affected the King’s wider relations with his subjects.

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of the deportation of an important figure in Greek Cypriot nationalist history, on March 9th, 1956.

Richard Cavendish marks the founding of a famous Victorian penitentiary, on March 20th, 1806.

Richard Cavendish marks the demise of an important Renaissance figure, on March 20th, 1656.

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at two humorous takes on the same subject – the Siegfried Line, as the German defensive Westwall was known by the Allies, by cartoonists from both sides of the divide during the Second World War.

Roger Tolson introduces a new exhibition of Commonwealth war artists at the Imperial War Museum, London.

Brian Girvin explains the tensions between the Irish government and many of the Irish people in their attitudes to the war against Nazism.

What was the British empire’s contribution to the victory in the Second World War? What was the impact of war upon the empire?  A.J. Stockwell explores the interlocking questions of the costs of war and empire.

Eliane Glaser reveals a flaw behind the celebrations planned this year to mark the 350th anniversary of Cromwell's readmission of Jews to England – it never happened.

Joanna Laynesmith examines claims that Edward IV was a bastard and tells the dramatic story of his mother, Cecily Neville, Duchess of York.

Fransjohan Pretorius explains why the Boer War of 1899-1902 was a period of sustained and spontaneous creation of folk art, one of the most productive and creative times in the cultural history of the Afrikaner.

Long before Jamie Oliver’s crusade, the provision of food in schools aroused passionate debate. John Burnett remembers one hundred years of school meals in Britain.

James Waterson introduces the slave warriors of medieval Islam who overthrew their masters, defeated the Mongols and the Crusaders and established a dynasty that lasted 300 years.

Susan-Mary Grant argues that the cult of the fallen soldier has its origins at Gettysburg and other battlefield monuments of the American Civil War.

The enigmatic subject of a fine portrait by John Singer Sargent, Dr Samuel-Jean Pozzi dazzled the women of Paris in the late 19th century, including Sarah Bernhardt, and earned himself the nickname ‘the love doctor’. But he was also a respected surgeon and gynaecologist, soldier and politician, artist and collector. Caroline de Costa and Francesca Miller illuminate the life of this Renaissance man.

Peter Furtado previews a major exhibition opening in York at the end of the month.

Peter Furtado reports on the awards for 2005 given by History Today.