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Volume 56 Issue 6 June 2006

We are all invited to select seven new wonders of the world. Mary Beard investigates the list of candidates and reflects on what makes a monument a myth.

Thoughts from our readers on previous articles in History Today.

Richard Cavendish describes how Caliph Uthman was murdered on June 16th, 656.

Marilyn Monroe married Arthur Miller on June 29th, 1956. The marriage lasted five years.

Richard Cavendish describes how British prisoners were held captive by the army of the Nawab of Bengal, for one night, in the 'black hole' of Fort William in Calcutta.

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant explores the visual satire emanating from both sides of the conflict between Russia and Japan in the first decade of the 20th century.

Jane Bowden-Dan explores medical links between the Caribbean and London that throw important light on the position of blacks in eighteenth-century British society.

David Lowenthal argues that in recent years there has been a retreat from engagement with many aspects of the past. He suggests that, in turn, this points to an unwillingness to contend with the future.

Gareth Jenkins looks for continuities in American foreign policy from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Rhiannon Looseley uncovers the forgotten history of the evacuation of over 100,000 French soldiers from Dunkirk to Britain in May 1940, and describes what happened to them on their brief sojourn across the Channel and return to France soon after.

Susie Green finds in the fate of the last truly wild community of Bengal tigers a metaphor for humanity’s treatment of the planet.

In March 1966, a few months before the England football team won the World Cup, the Football Association lost the trophy. Martin Atherton tells the full, often farcical, story of the theft and recovery of the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Gary Baines explains that the ANC government has institutionalized memories of the Soweto uprising in its efforts to build a new national identity in South Africa.

Nicholas Orme returns to the classroom to find out how boys, and girls, were educated from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors; and finds that the foundations of our education system were laid during this period.

Neil Taylor suggests that the starting point from which to explore the full and varied history of Berlin is the apparently empty space at its centre.

Romans have reacted passionately to the new presentation of one of the Eternal City’s key historic monuments, Charlotte Crow explains.

Helen Strudwick, Curator of the Egyptian galleries at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, explains the new refurbishment at the museum and the opportunities it has afforded.

Editor Peter Furtado introduces this month's magazine.

Kevin Halloran puts forward a new suggestion for the location of one of the most disputed questions of Anglo-Saxon history: the site of Athelstan’s great battle against Alba, Strathclyde and the Vikings.