Volume 38 Issue 2 February 1988

'A painful lesson in international politics' - Anglo-Australian relations in the Second World War revealed the rhetoric of Empire not matched by a British commitment to Australia's defence.

Glen Barclay considers how far Australian intervention in Vietnam marked a watershed in the country's willingness to send its troops abroad to fight for distant but powerful allies.

Timothy Curtis and J.A. Sharpe delve into the country's criminal past.

The revitalisation and history of the heart of Merseyside

Andrew Saint says goodbye to the home of the national newspapers.

Iain R. Smith looks at the changes in the study of South Africa's past.

Ann Hills on changes taking place at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and Herstmonceux Castle.

Keith Nurse describes the warlike aristocracy uncovered by an archaeological finding in Yorkshire.

Margaret M. Byard investigates the intriguing links between the astronomical discoveries of Galileo and the paintings of his Italian contemporaries.

Mary Delorme considers the career and contribution of a pioneering female historian, who widened her scope beyond that of the traditional romantic biographer.

'Living high above her bodily wits' - but was the 'madness' of a 15th-century English gentlewoman divine folly, marital stress or the stirrings of a self-conscious feminist?

A project aimed at preventing the destruction of key historical events on film.