Volume 39 Issue 3 March 1989

On the 50th anniversary of the end of Spanish Civil War, Michael Alpert chronicles the ebb and flow of battle between Republican and Nationalists.

Peter J. Ucko looks at the strengths and weaknesses of archaeological methods and interpretations.

Hugh David discusses, amongst other topics in the media, the assassination of JFK.

With Easter near we present some of the most intriguing history and travel books and holidays that will shortly be available. Whether the destination is Avebury or Albania, the range of options here should be enough to tempt the most demanding travellers, be they armchair or otherwise.

Simon Barclay on the archaeological discovery of a Charles II artillery fort

Ann Hills recounts the development proposals on an American Civil War battlefield site

'Sweet' Polly Oliver went to war to be with her lover, but there were many women for whom military life was an end in itself. Julie Wheelwright uncovers the career of one woman whose ambition was amply fulfilled.

Longevity, not magnanimity, was the hallmark of the victorious Franco. Paul Preston reviews the legacies of the Civil War in the Spain the General ruled for nearly forty years.

Dick Wilson explores the enigma of the Chinese Communist leader and premier.

Objective memoirs or economy with the truth? Michael Jones sifts for an assessment through a courtier's recollections of power politics in fifteenth-century Europe.

Divided, outmanned and lacking international support – Paul Heywood argues the wonder was not that the Republic lost to Franco, but that it held out for so long.