Volume 58 Issue 5 May 2008
Mark Holland samples the millions of pages of old newspapers now available online.
Clive Gamble revisits the moment at which archaeologists realized that human prehistory was far longer than biblical scholars had imagined; and links this to today’s debates about the antiquity of the human mind with its capacity for self-aware thought.
Jim Downs says that the Democrats should blame history for the dilemma they face in having to choose between Clinton and Obama for this year’s presidential nomination.
Roger Howard asks how the discovery of oil affected relations between Britain and Persia in the early twentieth century.
David Abulafia, author of the newly published The Discovery of Mankind, considers Columbus’ first encounters with the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, and shows how, in the flesh, newly discovered peoples challenged European preconceptions about what it meant to be human.
Manus McGrogan traces the radical posters that flowered on the walls of Paris in the spring of 1968, while a new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London offers a chance to see them.
Gerard DeGroot takes a critical view of the student protests in Europe and the US in 1968, and the subsequent tendency of the Left to view the events of forty years ago through rose-tinted shades.
Robert Gildea describes a new Europe-wide project to investigate the impact of 1968 and its sometimes bitter legacy.
Anthony Pagden describes how the conflict between Europe and Asia, which began over two millennia ago, hardened into an ideological, cultural and religious struggle between the West, which has always cast itself as free, and – despite frequent outbursts of religious fanaticism – secular, and an enslaved East governed not by the laws of man, but by the supposed laws of god.
Richard Cavendish marks the first day commemorating mothers, on May 10th, 1908.
The two dictators met on May 3rd, 1938.
Richard Cavendish charts the life of Robespierre, who was born on May 6th, 1758.
John Lawton visits the fabled cities of the Silk Road.
Edmund West looks at attitudes to deafness and the education of the hard of hearing, over the centuries.
York Membery visits the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres where a new exhibition demonstrates how many countries and cultures were bound up in the First World War.
Happenings were the in-thing in the 1960s, and the late 1960s – 1968 specifically – are the in-thing at the moment: so much so that the BBC is devoting a daily programme to the sounds of the year, a degree of attention that it has not accorded even to equally crowded turning-points such as 1945 or 1989.
Commerce, Consumption, and Civil Society in Modern Britain