Volume 46 Issue 12 December 1996

Science and the Shape of Orthodoxy: Intellectual Change in late Seventeenth Century Britain by Michael Hunter - Boydell and Brewer, 1995 - xii + 345 pp. – £55 Impolite Learning: Conduct and Community in the Republic of Letters 1680 - 1750 by Anne Goldgar - Yale University Press, 1995 - xii + 395 pp - £25

The Eternal City was captured after a year-long siege on December 17th, 546.

The Eternal City was captured after a year-long siege on December 17th, 546.

Richard Cavendish remembers the events of December 19th, 1796

Richard Cavendish remembers the life of Alfred Nobel, who died on December 10th, 1896.

Richard Cavendish explores a quantity of bygones in the museum of social history.

Denise Silvester-Carr introduces the new Famine Museum at Strokestown, County Roscommon.

Tony Corfield offers a provocative new interpretation of the events that brought Churchill to power in the spring of 1940.

David Price on the links between the can-can of the 1890s and 1990s lap dancing.

Dan Leab looks at a classic Cold War movie and the shadowy figure who inspired it.

John Tosh examines the intriguing tensions between masculinity and domesticity in 19th-century Britain.

Tony Lentin gives an upgraded assessment of Russia's empress 200 years after her death.

Robin Bruce Lockhart celebrates the past and present of the immortal dram and its historic links with our seasonal festivities at Christmas and New Year.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto on all things English - and Scandinavian