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Volume 46 Issue 5 May 1996

David Ellwood discusses America's cultural take-over of Europe in a seemingly innocent Italian 1950s comedy called "Un Americano a Roma". The comedy features a hapless hero whose attempts to Americanise himself mirror Italy's struggle to handle a clash of cultures after World War II.

Simon Adams goes through the household accounts of a Tudor courtier to give a revealing insight into his lifestyle and milieu both at and away from Gloriana's court.

Liz Sagues on how archaeologists are cutting their teeth on the Museum of London Archaeology Service

Richard Hodges soaks up the atmosphere at the Temple of Aphrodite, Knidos.

Sheridan Gilley challenges the notion that ‘truth’ in history is unattainable.

Bill Murray investigates the politics of social housing in the Austrian capital.

Charles Harvey and Jon Press examine the aesthetic achievements of the multi-talented and pioneering early Socialist.

15th-century ship The Matthew features in the first International Festival of the Sea.

Chris Townsend focuses on the recent furore surrounding child nude photography and discovers that our forebears were not so camera-shy.

Simon Smith questions our image of buccaneers as bloodthirsty opportunists claiming they were often highly organised and efficient businessmen in the waters of the Caribbean.

Ann Hills introduces a British Council exhibition on Polish-British relations.