Volume 34 Issue 5 May 1984

David Dutton explores the twilight years of the British statesman following the 1906 General Election.

The Duke of Wellington proved a gift to the cartoonists of 'Punch' - he was a figure the magazine's readership would recognise, and he did not look unlike Mr Punch himself.

A number of eminent historians discuss what is history and how is a national history constructed.

Jorvik, the Viking-age predecessor of modern York, has in recent years, been revealed by archaeologists in astonishing detail. A new underground Viking centre in the city has enabled the excavated evidence to be displayed where it was found, accompanied by an innovative full-size reconstruction of a complete Viking-age neighbourhood.

Anthony Wright looks at the impact on socialism and society in the last 100 years of Fabianism.

The trade guilds of Venice, explains Richard Mackenney, were organisations with a surprising amount of political and economic power in the patrician Renaissance city.

'Compare the wealth and refinement of cities such as Mexico... in the middle of the eighteenth century, with the austere simplicity, verging on poverty, of... Philadelphia, a misleading splendour; what was dawn for the United States was twilight for Latin America...' Octavio Paz

Ian R. Smith explores the many titles covering the Boer War.

Geoffrey Pearson believes the answer to modern violence and aggression lies in an assessment of hooliganism in the past.