Who's Who

Volume 60 Issue 6 June 2010

Richard Cavendish descrives how, following Garibaldi's capture of Palermo, the Neapolitan garrison under General Ferdinando Lanza capitulated on June 6th, 1860.

Ramsay MacDonald presided over his last cabinet on June 5th, 1935. He resigned two days later, on June 7th, 1935.

This month Nick Poyntz looks at how to access the wealth of digitised source material now available to historians.

Martin Evans reviews a study of Arab history.

Catherine Horwood reviews Juliet Gardiner's history of the 1930s.

Anthony Bale reviews a history of anti-semitism in England.

Juliet Gardiner reviews Richard Overy's illustrated history of the Battle of Britain.

Andrew Robinson reviews a book on the history of science.

John Shepherd reviews Martin Pugh's history of the Labour Party.

Rohan McWilliam reviews John Campbell's latest book on British political history.

Paul Lay introduces the June 2010 issue of History Today magazine.

Ben Wilson visits the History Today archive to examine Diana Spearman’s analysis of the British constitution in the 18th century, an age characterised by liberty and individualism.

A selection of your correspondence.

In April, in the cruellest of ironies, many of Poland’s political elite perished when their plane crashed on the way to a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre of an earlier generation of Polish leaders. John P. Fox reports.

Dan Plesch describes how President Roosevelt’s introduction of a global day of solidarity in June 1942 successfully promoted the ideals of the United Nations and his Four Freedoms, boosting morale in the worldwide fight against fascism.

When the England football team visited Germany in May 1938, diplomatic protocol resulted in the team giving a Nazi salute, writes Trevor Fisher.

By taking a rational, global overview of the past, historians can better understand the challenges facing humanity, says Paul Dukes.

Britain’s diverse landscape reveals much about the people who live in it, whether it is ‘Constable Country’ or Hounslow. We should all take a closer look, says Francis Pryor.

The niches created for bees in some of Britain’s castles were an important source of food, lighting and even defence, writes Gene Kritsky.

One of Britain’s finest war artists, Eric Ravilious recorded the last days of the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious, which was sunk off Norway in June 1940 in controversial circumstances and with huge loss of life, writes Anthony Kelly.

Exiled in London in June 1940, with France on the brink of defeat, Charles de Gaulle broadcast a speech that was to create an enduring bond between him and his country, writes Jonathan Fenby.

The Western musical tradition of trained and professional performers, conductors and composers can trace its origins to the forms of Christian worship that developed in Europe during the first millennium, argues Christopher Page.

The American Civil War transformed the nature of conflict. Its opening salvos harked back to Waterloo; its end anticipated the industrial warfare of the 20th century, writes David White.

The murder of a 12-year-old boy in Norwich in 1144 inspired Thomas of Monmouth, a monk from the city's cathedral, to create an anti-semitic account of the incident. His influential work reveals much about life and belief in medieval England, argues Miri Rubin.

Churchill’s Empire: The World that Made Him and the World He Made
Richard Toye
Macmillan 524pp £25
ISBN 978 0230703841

Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

Eric Ives, Blackwell 392pp £19.99 ISBN 978 1405194136

Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen

Tracy Borman, Jonathan Cape 464pp £20 ISBN 978 0099548621

The Tudor Queens of England

David Loades, Hambledon Continuum 264pp £25 ISBN 978 1847250193

Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart
Chris Skidmore
Weidenfeld and Nicolson 456pp £20
ISBN 978 029784 6505

Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attraction
GW Bernard
Yale University Press 256pp £20
ISBN 978 0300162455

Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World

Jeffrey Herf

Yale University Press 352pp £20

From Ranji to Rohan: Cricket and Indian Identity in Colonial Guyana, 1890s-1960s
Clem Seecharan
Hansib Publications 311pp £12.99
ISBN 978 1906190279

The Atlantic and its Enemies: A Personal History of the Cold War

By Norman Stone

Allen Lane 712pp £30  ISBN 978 18461 42758

Bugs and the Victorians
J.F.M. Clark
Yale University Press 322pp £25
ISBN 978 0300150919 

 

‘Our Kensington friends, the black beetles,’ sighed the young Princess Victoria about the insects that were ubiquitous in Kensington Palace. Beetles and insects clambered over early 19th-century homes to a degree we would find horrifying, but public comprehension of them tended to the vague.

A World By Itself: A History of the British Isles
Jonathan Clark (ed)
Heinemann 724pp £30
ISBN 978 0 434009015

Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837
Linda Colley
Yale University Press 442pp p/b £10.99
ISBN 978 0 300152807

Inside Out: My story of Betrayal and Cowardice at the Heart of New Labour

Peter Watt

Biteback Publishing 208pp £12.99

ISBN 10 1849540381


The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took their Children’s Future – and How They Can Give it Back

David Willetts

Atlantic Books 288pp £18.99

ISBN 978 1848872318

 

Recent stories