Volume 59 Issue 1 January 2009
Robert MuchembledTranslated by Jean Birrell
Polity Press 224pp £17.99 ISBN 978 0745 638768
Mark Bryant on the work of Soviet cartoonists engaged in the epic struggle against Nazi Germany.
A selection of readers' correspondence.
In his twenties, Philippe Maurice was sentenced to death by guillotine for murdering a policeman. Saved by a change of government, he transformed himself through prison study into one of France’s leading medieval historians. William Smith reports.
Andrew Roberts introduces the remarkable memoir of Magdalene De Lancey, wife of Wellington’s chief of staff, who accompanied her husband on a campaign that climaxed in triumph and tragedy.
John Shepherd looks back to the turbulent Winter of Discontent, which heralded the demise of James Callaghan’s Labour government and paved the way for Margaret Thatcher and eighteen years of unbroken Conservative rule.
The rupture of a giant molasses tank in Boston just after the First World War caused devastation and led to the longest legal case in the city’s history, writes Chuck Lyons.
Beautiful, clever and determined, Yolande of Aragon was at the heart of the diplomatic and military campaigns that united 15th-century France. Margaret L. Kekewich charts her career.
The visually spectacular Scottish capital witnessed fierce dynastic struggle before it welcomed the spirit of the Enlightenment, as Patricia Cleveland-Peck discovers.
The popular image of Socrates as a man of immense moral integrity was largely the creation of his pupil Plato. If we examine evidence of his trial, argues Robin Waterfield, a different picture emerges, of a cunning politician opposed to Athenian democracy.
Byron’s love affair with bare-knuckle boxing was shared by many of his fellow Romantics, who celebrated this most brutal of sports in verse. John Strachan examines an unlikely match.
Michael Dunne reflects on past US presidential Inaugurals, and the words which still resonate.
The British Museum opened on January 15th, 1759.
Vietnamese troops faced little resistance when they entered Cambodia's capital on January 7th, 1979.
A power struggle in postwar Germany erupted on January 5th, 1919.
Richard Willis charts how order was brought to the medical profession by the foundation of the General Medical Council 150 years ago.
Terry Brown explores the arborial legacy of a penny-pinching duke.
A spate of recent films suggest that the scars of Germany’s history show little sign of healing. Markus Bauer reports.
Roger Moorhouse takes issue with the secular sainthood bestowed on Claus von Stauffenberg, subject of the film Valkyrie.