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Volume 58 Issue 10 October 2008

Sheila Corr marks the advent of a permanent home for the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, London.

A selection of readers' correspondence.

Mark Bryant examines the wartime work of Osbert Lancaster, the centenary of whose birth this year is marked with a new exhibition at the Wallace Collection, London.

Andrew Roberts reflects on the often stormy relationship between Churchill and the Chiefs of Staff during the Second World War.

Today’s obsession with 18th-century femmes fatales distorts the history of women, says Hannah Greig.

A.D. Harvey thinks the world of academia is letting down the thousands who make Black History Month such a popular success each year.

Neil Taylor discusses how political change has left its mark on the Latvian capital’s Town Hall Square. 

The last of seven debates between the two Senate candidates took place on October 15th, 1858.

The famed radio broadcast of HG Wells' War of the Worlds took place on October 30th, 1938.

John Paul II was elected on October 16th, 1978. He was the first non-Italian pope to be elected in four centuries.

An exotic London theatre funded the building of the first Eddystone lighthouse. Alison Barnes has discovered what kind of shows it staged.

To coincide with ‘Cold War Modern’, a major new exhibition at the V & A in London, its consultant curator, David Crowley of the Royal College of Art, looks back on the 1959 Kennedy-Khrushchev ‘Kitchen Debate’ and explores how modern design became an active part of that war.

Patricia Cleveland-Peck visits Tempelhof which is about to close for ever as an airport.

Daniel Beer looks at how much Soviet labour camps owed to the theories of Russian liberals on crime, its causes and how to treat it.

Sir John Reeves Ellerman was No.1 on the UK’s 1916 rich list. William D. Rubinstein looks at the careers of this reclusive, but fabulously rich, British man of business and of his children.

Nick Pelling suggests that credit should go not to the Netherlands but much further south to Catalonia.

Pressure in the nineteenth century to introduce artificial lighting was as much about enhancing privacy as about reducing crime, according to Chris Otter.

Elizabeth Stephens examines how the surprise invasion of Israel by Egypt and its allies started the process that led to Camp David.

Ian Mortimer, who has been an archivist and a poet before becoming a medieval historian and biographer, describes why a blend of empathy and evidence is the key to getting the most out of history.

The hagiography of the Lady of the Lamp of Crimean War legend is highly seductive but it is one that Nightingale...