Volume 30 Issue 11 November 1980

Adams was a remarkable man and the most able member of America's most celebrated political dynasty. He was a polymath, second only to Jefferson as the most intellectually gifted American President. As Maldwyn A. Jones explains, his presidency was to prove short and frustrating; his contribution to American political life, outstanding.

Antonia Gransden on historical writing in medieval England.

An introduction by Geoffrey Parker on the European Witch-craze of the 16th and 17th centuries.

David Nicholls examines the central position of Satan in early modern French popular culture.

Gustav Henningsen on the Navarre witch-trials of the 17th century.

Graham Seal explores the life and legend of Ned Kelly.

'Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh' was the chant of radicals in the 1960s and 1970s, idolising the Communist leader who led Vietnam's Revolutionary struggle first against French colonialism and then against the United States' involvement in Vietnam. 

The year 1980 is being celebrated throughout the world as the fifteen-hundredth anniversary of the birth of St Benedict, whose rule, explains Henry Loyn, has been the leading inspiration for monastic life in the Western church.

Professor W. A. Coupe suggests, on the basis of the popular cartoon of the period, that the Emperor's person was the object of sustained criticism which seemed to augur well for the future political development of Germany.

E. William Monter on the role of France and Italy in the development of witchcraft in Europe.