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In the September edition of History Today, we commemorate the bicentenary of the Congress of Vienna, the attempt to bring Europe’s major powers together following the defeat of Napoleon. Stella Ghervas looks at how a 'peace for the strong' turned out to be anything but, whilst Glenda Sluga explains the influence of a remarkable group of women who were central to the Congress's' success.

Also in this issue:

  • David Gentilcore draws parallels between today’s obesity epidemic and the disastrous dependence on Maize, which bedevilled northern Italy in the 18th and 19th centuries;
  • Patricia Rothman celebrates the life and career of JJ Sylvester, the mathematical genius who overcame religious prejudice in his rise to the top of the academic tree;
  • and Andrew Lycett hails the extraordinary achievements of the great historian of espionage, Christopher Andrew.

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Main Features

Stella Ghervas examines the Great Powers’ attempt to create a new European order following the defeat of Napoleon.

Glenda Sluga explains the influence of a remarkable group of women as Europe’s elite gathered in Vienna in 1814.

Jad Adams considers the actions of the militant British suffragette movement and its far-reaching impact on the global struggle for female suffrage in the 20th century.

David Gentilcore describes responses to a hideous epidemic that affected the rural poor of northern Italy, from the mid-18th century until the First World War, the cause of which is attributed to a diet dependent on maize.

Roger Moorhouse tells the story of the Lützow, a partly built German cruiser delivered to the Soviet Union in 1940 and renamed the Petropavlovsk, following the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939.

In the early days of the First World War a plan was hatched in Berlin to spread revolt among the Muslim populations of the Entente empires. David Motadel looks at the reasons why it failed.

In recent years historians have shown a renewed interest in court history. Hardly surprising, says Philip Mansel, as courts play a central role in understanding the past and maintain a critical importance in contemporary politics.

Patricia Rothman celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the brilliant James Joseph Sylvester, whose ambitions to be recognised as a professional mathematician were hindered by the religious restrictions of the age.

History Matters

Historians gathered at Warwick this summer to celebrate the contribution of Christopher Andrew.

Unlike the British Empire, the vast realms of Philip II owed much to the Church.

The North African country is considering how best to serve its rich heritage.

The decline of language skills threatens the study of the past. And machines won’t come to the rescue.

Other articles

David Rundle looks at the current state of the humanities, asking whether we can recapture the confidence and broad cultural ambition of the Renaissance’s studia humanitatis, which sought to define what it is to be human.

Roger Hudson on a photograph taken in the Krupp works, Essen in 1861, signalling the arrival of a new industrial force in Europe.

William Brooke Joyce took to the airwaves on September 14th, 1964.

The future Manhattan was taken on September 8th, 1664.

Though we share a common humanity with people of the past, their world can seem alien to us, says Mathew Lyons. Was it just as disconcerting for them, too?

Alexander Larman takes issue with some of the assertions made in John Redwood’s otherwise incisive 1974 article on the Earl of Rochester, the fast-living rake who epitomised the Restoration.

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