Volume 60 Issue 7 July 2010

Nick Poyntz looks at the ways in which the ubiquitous search engine is changing the nature of historical research.

Helen Castor visits the History Today archive to find Maurice Keen's 1959 analysis of an important collection of family letters that offer an unparalleled insight into gentry life in 15th-century England.

Football became a potent expression of Algeria’s struggle for independence, never more so than during the dramatic events that preceded the 1958 World Cup, as Martin Evans explains.

The Great Exhibition of 1851 was not only a celebration of Victorian Britain’s scientific and economic pre-eminence but also a hymn to the religion that underpinned it, argues Geoffrey Cantor.

James Hamilton looks at how volcanic activity in Iceland in 1783 and elsewhere elicited strange reactions, and stimulated the creative powers of artists and scientists.

Dan Stone looks at how historians’ understanding of the Holocaust has changed since the end of the Cold War with the opening of archives that reveal the full horror of the ‘Wild East’.

The rise of the legal profession in late medieval and early Tudor England was greeted with disdain by the wider population. Anthony Musson asks whether the reputation of lawyers and judges as scavengers and social climbers was deserved.

The economic crisis in Greece has drawn attention to the question of where best to display treasures such as the Elgin Marbles. Jonathan Downs offers some solutions to a historical tug of war.

What was the Great Reform Act of 1832, how did it come about and what, if anything, did it achieve? Stephen Farrell looks at the people and politics involved.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was founded on June 30th, 1960. Within a few days, however, there were army mutinies and disturbances around the country.

The Teutonic Knights were defeated at the Battle of Grunwald, on July 15th, 1410.

Richard Cavendish remembers the birth of a publishing institution, on July 30th 1935.

The way the environment has been shaped and exploited is now a major field of historical study. A conference in London this month gathers leading experts in the field, writes Miles Taylor.

Louise de Bettignies assisted the Allies in the Great War by establishing a vital information network in northern France. Patricia Stoughton recounts her extraordinary bravery.

Coalition governments became common in 18th-century Britain, but tended to fail at times of crisis. Jeremy Black draws some parallels with the present day.

Jonathan Clark offers a historian’s perspective on what the recent general election might mean for Britain’s future political make up.

The killing of 69 black South Africans on March 21st, 1960 was a turning point: the world judged apartheid to be morally bankrupt and the political agitation that ensued would eventually overturn white supremacy, writes Gary Baines.

Before the First World War, Irish Unionists and Nationalists were poised to fight each other over the imposition of Home Rule by the British. Then, remarkably, they fought and died side by side, writes Richard S. Grayson.

Mark Juddery looks at the historical backdrop to the much-loved 1950s Hollywood musical, Singin’ in the Rain in which Hollywood tells its own story of the arrival of sound to the big screen.

In 1926 and 1927 three attempts were made on the life of Benito Mussolini. None of them succeeded and the Fascist regime used these failures to crack down hard on all internal opposition. Violet Gibson came closest of all to killing the dictator, shooting him in the nose from close quarters in the Campidoglio Square in central Rome in 1926. Another inch and the history of Italy might have been altered forever.

The Great Flood of Paris of 1910 was one of the cruellest catastrophes in the long history of the city. It rained steadily in Paris through the winter of 1909/1910 and by the end of January the Seine had risen to the highest recorded level since the 18th century. The devastation was all the more poignant, however, as the waters threatened the new model city of Baron Haussmann, which was meant to be the very emblem of progress and the success of the French Republic.