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Volume 57 Issue 10 October 2007

Roy Strong tells York Membery why the humble English parish church is a perpetual source of fascination and refreshment.

A selection of readers' correspondence.

Shovell's flagship, the Association, struck the Outer Gilstone Rock and sank on October 22nd, 1707.

Richard Cavendish remembers the life of Louis B. Mayer, who died on October 29th, 1957.

Continuing his series on how cartoonists have seen events great and small, Mark Bryant looks at the impact of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth orbit and a Soviet triumph in the Cold War.

Sudeshna Guha looks at the archaeology of the Indus Civilization, the Bronze Age phenomenon of South Asia, whose study began under the British and has continued since independence and partition of the country. She considers how the interpretations for this civilization have shaped and been shaped by notions of an authentic ‘Indian civilization’.

Bernard Porter says that today’s advocates of humanitarian intervention would do well to ponder what J. A. Hobson and Ramsay MacDonald had to say a century ago about the dangers of liberal imperialism.

Piers Brendon asks how we can arrive at a fair judgement of the benefits of the Empire for those who enjoyed – or endured – its rule.

Kenneth Baker discusses the many facets of King George and shows how these were depicted by the great caricaturists of the day.

George T. Beech traces the origins of the word England to the period 1014 to 1035 and suggests how and why it came to be the recognized term for the country.

Why is the sordid murder of Horst Wessel, a young Nazi storm troop leader in Berlin in early 1930, so important? Nigel Jones recalls his death and the black legend that sprang from it.

To celebrate Black History Month, Malcolm Chase recalls the life of the Soho tailor William Cuffay, the son of a freed slave from St Kitts, who overcame poverty and disability to become one of the leaders of the Chartist ‘conspiracy’ of 1848.

Her race, sex, and a murder mystery were all factors blocking the career of Edmonia Lewis, a 19th-century black American sculptress struggling against the odds at the height of the US Civil War, yet she succeeded in overcoming all three. Here Patricia Cleveland Peck tells her remarkable story.

Graham Gendall Norton explores the opportunities open to those who like to sail into the past.

David Childs argues that Mary Rose, the Tudor battleship which was raised from the depths in 1982, represented the beginning of British naval greatness.

Peter Furtado explores a new exhibition at Tate Britain that brings the reputation of one of the great Victorian painters up to date.

T.G. Otte goes to the heart of Whitehall to explore the origins and future of an important government archive which is becoming far more accessible to historians.

Much has been said about black history in 2007, with the commemoration of the abolition of the slave trade giving rise to important and extended debates about the place of black people in British – and African, Caribbean and American – history.

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