Volume 42 Issue 6 June 1992

Richard Cavendish takes the tartan with the Scottish History Society

From isolation to Great Power status: Richard Perren explains how a mania for Westernisation led to Japan's transformation at the turn of the century.

Anne Laurence considers how the conflict between King and Parliament altered the occupations and preoccupations of England's women.

Richard Woodall issues an alert about documents in peril.

'Tis to be feared this threatening storm will not be allayed without some showers... of blood' – Chris Durston chronicles the rumours and fears of an England on the brink of fratricidal conflict.

David Mayall chronicles the uneasy relations between gypsies and the British establishment.

Sarah Jane Evans discusses historical venues and their catering habits.

Enlightened despots or imperial new clothes? Nicholas Henshall takes a fresh look at the realities of power in the bureaucracies and rulers of ancien regime Europe.

Caught between the bear and the eagle – Dennis Deletant examines how one Balkan nation with substantial minorities problems, struggled in vain to avoid being swept aside in the gathering storms of inter-war Europe.

Ann Hills evaluates the recently-opened island museum.

An end to the old order - Clive Lee looks at the pressures and changes that marked out the 1890s as a frontier post in a settled world economy.

Ronald Quinault wonders what Churchill would have made of Maastricht in the light of his post-war activities.