Volume 41 Issue 10 October 1991

Hugh Dunthorne on how bowls, billiards, skating and other pastimes shed light on the society and culture of the Dutch Golden Age.

Rosemary Laurent discovers a British outpost in the south Atlantic.

Bovver boys in Athens and Rome? Apparently so, according to Robert Garland, who uncovers tales from life and legend to show how high jinks could turn to blows in the classical world.

Christopher Abel on the often dangerous work of academics in Colombia

Akbar Ahmed looks at the legacy of a Moorish past for the present Spain.

Annette Bingham on the discovery of a complex military defence system on Crete

Maurice Hilton discovers a message of European cultural unity in a splendid Baroque doorway in Prague.

Robert Service looks at how Gorbachev's revolution has left an open agenda for Soviet historians.

Mark Clapson looks at how Victorian morality drove the pleasures of betting underground, and relates the various devices that enabled the working-classes to sustain the reputation of a nation of gamblers.

Tony Judt argues that the new cultural and economic themes taken up by historians of modern Europe have left Marxism as only one of several competitors in Clio's marketplace.