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Issue 47 December 2003

A 1907 painting by Boris Kustodiev depicting the muzhiks listening to the proclamation of the Emancipation Manifesto in 1861

Michael Lynch takes a fresh look at the key reform of 19th-century Russia.

David Williamson explains why events in Berlin twice threatened to unleash a third world war.

Robert Carr draws uncomfortable parallels between Christianity and Nazism.

Jon Cook identifies the mix of factors that helps explain the Florentine Renaissance.

Geoffrey Roberts assesses Stalin’s changing reputation, 50 years after his death.

Robert Pearce outlines the extraordinary career of trade union leader-turned-politician J.H. Thomas.

Orla Finnegan and Ian Cawood show that the reasons for Parnell’s fall in 1890 are not as straightforward as they may appear at first sight.

Joshua Shotton defends a much-maligned statesman.

A group of second-year students from Southampton University present the results of a collaborative research project.

Russel Tarr demonstrates how today’s technology can enliven teaching and learning about the past.