Volume 41 Issue 12 December 1991

Rehabilitating the European dynasty

Kate Lowe on Hong Kong's forgotten anniversary.

Hugh Brogan nominates Alexis de Tocqueville rather than Karl Marx as a useful guide to the new world order of history in the 90s.

Michael Burleigh examines how the impact of German unification has affected the evaluation of the country's history from both sides of the former divide.

Judy Litoff and David C. Smith sift through the hopes and fears of America's home front in this selection and commentary of letters they have assembled from wives, mothers and sweethearts during the Second World War.

Miranda Vickers looks at the troubled history of Yugoslav-Albanian relations

In the 19th century British interest in South America was a significant as in any of the colonies or dominions. But after 1914 it declined. Rory Miller explains how and why.

Ann Hills on highland games at Braemar

Leah Leneman tells the little-known story of the role played by Scottish men, in the campaign to get women the vote in the years before the First World War.

What did Hirohito really think of Pearl Harbor? On the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the US into the Second World War, Herbert Bix offers a provocative reassessment of the Showa Emperor's responsibility for the conflict, drawing on his translations from diaries and memoirs of Hirohito and his court circle.

Damien Gregory reports on protests surrounding the explorer's quincentenary celebrations.

Colin Michie rings the bell at an early English hospital