Volume 58 Issue 2 February 2008

Historian and film-maker Michael Wood recently visited Bristol Grammar School to talk about the BBC2 series The Story of India. Before the event began he was interviewed by sixth-form students Imogen Parkes and Nicholas Barrett; Oliver Chard transcribed the tape.

Cartoons can allow us to see ourselves as others see us, often uncomfortably. Mark Bryant looks at cartoons produced across Europe about Britain’s involvement in an unpopular war in South Africa at the turn of the twentieth century.

James Williamson, who was highly commended in the Royal Historical Society/History Today undergraduate dissertation prize 2006, asks whether accepting US economic support in the form of the European Recovery Programme, or Marshall Plan, in the postwar era caused Clement Attlee’s Labour government to water down its socialist agenda.

Janet Voke describes how fifty tons of gold were evacuated from Norway four hours ahead of the Nazi invasion in spring 1940.

Sheila Rowbotham introduces the ‘hands-on’ utopian, C.R. Ashbee, and the Guild of Handicraft he established in 1888, shedding light on late nineteenth and early twentieth century Arts and Crafts ideas about work, consumption and society.

Jason Burke describes how war correspondents benefit from a knowledge of history, and how history might benefit from their work in turn.

Peter J. Beck describes the work of Honoré Daumier, born 200 years ago this month, which provided an early visual documentary newsreel and commentary on the key political and social movements in mid-nineteenth century France.

Mark Knights and a team of colleagues introduce a new method of working for researchers and students.

Terry Jenkins explains why a failed assassination attempt on Napoleon III brought down the British government in 1858.

Charles Freeman explains why AD 381 was a defining moment in the history of European thought.

Jeremy Goldberg examines three stories of disputed marriages and discusses definitions of consent and how they impinged on a medieval woman’s right to marry when and whom she chose.

On February 6th, 1958, the BEA aircraft carrying the players and staff of Manchester United football team crashed shortly after taking off at Munich airport. Richard Cavendish describes the accident.

Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubirous saw the first of her 18 "visions" in Lourdes on February 11th, 1858.

The Siege of Baghdad ended on February 10th 1258.

Peter Clark celebrates some of the ‘awkward squad’ associated with eastern England.

Peter Furtado previews a show of the British response to the Post-Impressionist view of modern life, at Tate Britain.

Walter Harris introduces the retired soldier who brought sound recording to Britain.

In the 400th anniversary of her death, the prominent Elizabethan is the focus of events in her native Derbyshire and elsewhere.

Peter Furtado welcomes an opportunity to discuss archaeology with the experts.

 Some jokes are so venerable they deserve a ‘History Today’ article to themselves.

Anthea Gerrie explores a remarkable excavation, a Roman surgeon’s house in Rimini.