Volume 36 Issue 9 September 1986

Not just 'the Comet man' - Halley's achievements as a polymath testify to the breadth and vigour of English scientific enquiry and experiment in the years after 1660.

Gibbon may have been a man of his time but he was also master of his craft in deploying facts to show history (through the medium of the Roman Empire) as self-generating and self-explanatory, writes Roy Porter.

Early Russian architects adopted and adapted foreign influences to suit their native styles, but the late seventeenth century saw this trend reversed and western movements came to dominate native architecture.

Bruce Collins assesses various wars of national liberation and role of guerrillas throughout the world.

Philip Mansel looks at the commemorations surrounding the 250th anniversary of the death of a Habsburg monarch.

Dennis Mills examines the importance of census enumerators' books.

Mike Curtis explroes an important collection of papers from the Cavendish-Bentinck family, Dukes of Portland.

Andrew Selkirk discusses the changing face of Pre-Conquest Britain.

'You are what you eat' was as relevant an observation for the ancients as for more modern thinkers, argues Helen King

Mike Curtis uncovers the work of museums and archaeological groups in the West of England.

Peter Biller looks at the restoration of one of England's finest remaining early town halls.

A slave-state where despotic superstition ruled - Herberstein's vision of sixteenth-century Russia set the agenda for future European attitudes.

'They do this for their Christian faith and for the saving of souls' – as Russians travelled west, they began to notice moral divides between the countries they visited and their own society.