Volume 48 Issue 3 March 1998

The legendary figure of the Wild West was born on 19 March 1848.

The illustrator and author died on March 16th, 1898.

The illustrator and author died on March 16th, 1898.

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of a very suspicious death, on March 10th, 1948

One of the industrial disputes of early 20th century America ended in a tragic accident that was remembered in folk song. Saronne Rubyan-Ling explores the cultural, ethnic, political and economic circumstances that gave rise to the bitter conflict.

Courtier, soldier, explorer, colonist, scholar, family man, libertine: in his life Elizabeth's favourite played many parts, and posterity has accentuated each according to the needs of the time, as Robert Lawson-Peebles explains.

Kit Wedd gives an account of the winners from History Today's 1997 history writing awards.

With his own elaborate imperial court, with his family ensconced on thrones across the continent, and with his overthrow of several historic republics, Napoleon brought Europe to a pinnacle of monarchism.

David Garner looks at 19th century Africa through the diaries of James Butler

Was Richard Arkwright really the mechanical genius of the Industrial Revolution? Karen Fisk questions his record as Britain’s first cotton tycoon.

Roy Porter, in his Longman/History Today lecture, warns of the bad eyesight, poor posture, incomprehensible babblings, addled wits, depravity and worse that may befall those who immerse themselves too much in books.

Kit Wedd visits the Kensington home of artist Edward Linley Sambourne.

Jeremy Black looks at the past, and future, of British and national identity.

The first of the two Longman/History Today prize-winning essays on the topic ‘Is distance lending enchantment to the view historians have of the British Empire and its legacies’.