Volume 58 Issue 3 March 2008

Paddy Hartley describes how an interest in the treatment of facial injuries in the First World War led him to develop a new form of sculpture.

Mark Bryant introduces the man who drew the British Establishment at its most shockable.

Warmongering anti-semite, or constitutionalist and family man? Marc Morris takes a fresh look at the career of Edward I, whose reputation has suffered a roller-coaster ride over the centuries.

Ben Barkow and Klaus Leist describe the remarkable cultural activities of Philipp Manes an inmate of Theresienstadt, the Nazi ghetto in north-west Bohemia. Manes’ Lecture Series reflected the artistic and intellectual calibre of many of the inmates and brought stimulation and pleasure to many more. The authors ask to what extent this constituted a form of resistance.

Alan MacColl explores exactly what the word Britain meant, after the Romans had gone.

Criminal poisoning at once fascinated and terrified Victorian society. Here Ian Burney shows how the extraordinary case of a doctor, hanged in 1856 for allegedly poisoning an acquaintance, threw up deep-rooted anxieties about poison, detection, and professionalism in Victorian society.

Anthony Smith challenges the modernist view of nationalism that traces its origins to Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary Europe.

Between autumn 1855 and spring 1856, the attitude of Britain’s war leaders underwent bewildering change as their determination to bring the war with Russia to a desirable conclusion was buffeted by doubts about the commitment of the French, and fears about the motives of French policy, as Brian James reveals.

Britain’s concerns over binge drinking are nothing new says Luci Gosling, who describes how the brewing industry united to wreck Asquith’s Licensing Bill of 1908.

Nigel Saul investigates the building of Salisbury Cathedral, the Gothic masterpiece built in double-quick time.

Chaplin's coffin was stolen from a Swiss cemetery on March 2nd, 1978.

Richard Cavendish marks a failed attempt on the Scottish and English thrones by the last Stuart pretender, on March 23rd, 1708.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of March 4th, 1933

The treaty that ended Russia's participation in the First World War was signed on March 3rd, 1918.

York Membery found much to savour when he paid a visit to the medieval town of Cortona for the Tuscan Sun Festival.

Sixty-five years ago, the Nazis carried out one of their most spectacular atrocities in occupied France, destroying almost an entire quartier of Marseilles. John Gimlette pays a visit to Le Panier, and finds it still physically and emotionally scarred.

Patricia Cleveland-Peck finds out how family historians can research the lives of their ancestors in the fast-changing city of Shanghai.

 History Today announces its awards for the best of 2007.

‘A week is a long time in politics’: the phrase is one of the enduring legacies of the Harold Wilson era. This month we report on our Annual Awards for 2007, and curiously two of our prize-winners wrote histories located in British cultural and political life of the 1960s, while the third is celebrated for his attempt to break free of the constraints of such short-term thinking.