Volume 42 Issue 10 October 1992

Richard Cavendish on an association dedicated to the MP, publisher, soldier, Christian and governor-general of Canada

Ball-and-chain nationhood: Brian Fletcher chronicles the ambiguities Australians have felt over the years towards the nation's 'Founding Fathers'.

Hitler's march into the demilitarised Rhineland heralded Churchill's 'gathering storm' – but could the Fuhrer's bluff have been called and the Second World War prevented? Sir Nicholas Hederson, who as Britain's ambassador in Washington during the Falklands crisis saw diplomatic poker eventually turn to war, offers a reassessment of the events of 1936.

Kenneth Asch on Berlin's opera house, the Deutsche Staatsoper.

Harriet Jones assesses the historic blueprint for Britain's post-war Welfare State and what part it played in Labour's 1945 election landslide victory.

Brian Dooley assesses the incident which brought the world perilously close to nuclear war.

John Biffen reflects on the by-election campaign that elected one of his predecessors from Shropshire to the House of Commons.

Alan Ryan discusses what happens when history comes to an end

Sarah Pepper investigates a medical pioneer whose name survives today on a bread wrapper, but whose sweeping system of wholefoods and natural prescriptions offended the medical establishment of late Victorian England.

Our round-up of the offerings from publishers in Autumn 1992 previewing interesting and intriguing history books for both the general reader and the specialist.

Tony Aldous discusses the work of the English Historic Towns Forum

A mission to the heathen? Hugh MacLeod looks at working-class attitudes towards organised Christianity in fin de siecle Berlin and other urban centres.