Volume 51 Issue 4 April 2001

Japan's 124th Emperor was born on April 29th, 1901

Japan's 124th Emperor was born on April 29th, 1901

Richard Cavendish provides a brief history of the Miss World contest, first won by Miss Sweden, Kiki Haakinson, on April 19th, 1951.

Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of an important Scandinavian battle, which took place on April 2nd, 1801.

 Lucy Marten-Holden, winner of the first Royal Historical Society / History Today award for the undergraduate dissertation of the year, explores the thinking behind the siting of the Norman castles of Suffolk.

John MacKenzie reviews the impact of Queen Victoria in shaping a new national identity and institutions, as the V&A opens its new exhibition on the Victorian Vision.

Douglas Johnson, historian of France and HT academic board member, explains how a youthful attraction to libraries opened doors for him.

York Membery looks at the advertisements that graced the first issue of History Today, and sees in them a reflection of the magazine's own past, and of a changing society.

History Today was not the only exciting new publishing enterprise to be launched after a lengthy gestation in post-war Britain in 1951. The Pevsner Architectural Guides, which also celebrate their fiftieth anniversary this year, have become a household name to anyone with more than a passing interest in the counties of England and their buildings.

Daniel Snowman introduces our new anthology, published later this month by Sutton Publishers.

David Lowenthal introduces our new series on History and the Environment with an overview of the subject and of human interaction with the world we inhabit.

Roland Quinault looks at the state of the islands immediately following the Second World War.

Tony Aldous looks at the genesis and reception of the Royal Festival Hall, like us celebrating its 50th anniversary this spring.

Roy Porter discusses how the British Enlightenment paved the way for the modern world.

Peter Burke describes how the study of visual sources has extended the range of historical enquiry.

Susan Walker looks at our image of the great queen, as a major exhibition on her life opens at the British Museum.

Alexandra Walsham looks for the meaning of unusual phenomena widely reported across early modern Europe.