Volume 56 Issue 8 August 2006
Richard Dimbleby’s account of what he witnessed at Bergen-Belsen in April 1945 – ‘the most horrible day of my life’ – has acquired an iconic status in British popular memory. Less well known is the work of two other BBC programme-makers who made radio programmes about Belsen shortly after the camp’s liberation. Suzanne Bardgett of the Imperial War Museum tells their story.
J.H. Elliott looks at the differences – cultural, religious, ethnic and economic – between the Spanish and British approaches to their empires in the Americas, and asks how they turned out, both for the mother countries and for the colonies and states that eventually emerged from them.
English Heritage celebrates 100 years of aerial photography.
David Wurtzel has been reading the diary of Lester Ziffren, the United Press correspondent in Madrid who, seventy years ago this month, witnessed the start of the Spanish Civil War.
David Anderson, Huw Bennett and Daniel Branch believe that the Freedom of Information Act is being used to protect the perpetrators of a war crime that took place in Kenya fifty years ago.
Susan Haskins suggests that the authors of The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and Dan Brown, who famously faced each in court earlier this year, are guilty of the same thing – writing bad fiction.
Tobias Grey uncovers interesting work in France that brings the latest forensic technology to the aid of historical mysteries.
Patricia Cleveland-Peck introduces a beautiful string of Spanish religious foundations.
Brian James revisits Ypres, where new ways of commemorating the events of the First World War are enthralling visitors of all generations.
Max Adams looks at the works of the artist John Martin, his radical schemes to improve Victorian London, and his broad circle of friends at the forefront of political and cultural change in the first half of the 19th century.
Chandak Sengoopta looks at how the discovery of hormones, the body’s chemical messengers, revolutionized ideas of human nature and human potential in the twentieth century.
Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at the work of the man who invented the art of political cartooning, and asks what effect his drawings had on one of their targets.
The British Labour Party's first parliamentary leader was born on August 15th, 1856.
The Prussians invaded Saxony on August 29th, 1756, marking the beginning of the Seven Years War of 1756-63.
Correspondence with the editor.
Cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett considers how perceptions of Cleopatra have moved in the last decade and a half.
Adlai Stevenson ran for a second time against Eisenhower in 1956, but Eisenhower won the election even more convincingly than in 1952.
Marisa Linton reviews the life and career of one of the most vilified men in history.