Volume 48 Issue 1 January 1998

Michael Rapport describes the last days of the old Revolutionary regime and the circumstances leading to the young general’s triumph at the coup of 18-19 Brumaire.

A.D. Harvey looks at the enduring myth surrounding one of history’s ‘Great Men’, and how he dominated the nineteenth-century imagination outside France.

On the tercentenary of the fire that destroyed it, Simon Thurley describes the significance of the royal Palace of Whitehall to the Tudor and Stuart monarchs who lived there.

Mariya Sevela gathers oral recollections from the people of Karafuto, a Japanese colony on the island of Sakhalin from 1905 until the arrival of the Soviet army forty years later.

Pamela Tudor-Craig questions why modern improvements to the wheelchair have not not kept pace with earlier centuries.

The Sicilian Uprising of January 12th, 1848 was the first of several European revolutions. 

Martin Dedman recalls the background to European Monetary Union.

January 30th, 1948

Michael Leech previews the Jan van Eyck exhibition at the National Gallery.

The Spirit of the Age or The Scourge of Nations? Jeremy Black sets the scene for our major series on the impact of Napoleon on Europe.

Robert Bruce asks if China has refound Confucius.

Janet L. Nelson looks at the history of this church in the small town in the North-Rhine Westfalia region of western Germany.

Angela Morgan traces the recovery of a Saxon horse and rider, recently discovered in Suffolk.

Michael Broers explores the measures and restrictions imposed by Napoleon on his many subjects and how, within the boundaries of the Empire, they responded to his rule.

The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was born on January 27th, 1832.

Tony Aldous reports on the latest developments in archaeological practice.

Is it possible for us to enter the thought patterns of a western European who died before the Reformation? That cataclysmic event attempted to invade the most private parts of the human psyche, where ultimate allegiances lie. Before 1520 almost every thinking European believed without question the Christian view of destiny, whereby wickedness unrepented led to eternal damnation, but that the Sacrament of Penance, sincerely received, could absolve all. The Reformation broke, for Protestant, that unswerving faith in the powers of the Confessional.