Issue 26 December 1996
Kenneth Baker argues that cartoonists have let recent Prime Ministers off lightly compared with their eighteenth-century predecessors.
Presentation of the past as a seed-bed of modernity gives it bogus relevance to modern concerns. Two hundred and fifty years after the battle of Culloden Jeremy Black looks at a classic instance – the military challenge of the Jacobites.
W A Speck looks at new thinking about the emergence of whigs and tories.
In the second instalment of a two part article, Roger Eatwell chooses between rival definitions of a slippery word
Frank McDonough looks at recent thinking on the origins of the war of 1899-1902
Malcolm Crook takes a fresh look at the eighteenth-century alliance between philosophers and kings.
Raphael Mokades - the winner of the 1996 Julia Wood Award - argues that military failure in the Boer War transformed political attitudes in Edwardian Britain.
Previewing his forthcoming biography, Robert Knecht argues that recent whitewash has failed to cover guilty blood.