Volume 51 Issue 4 April 2001

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

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

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.

 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.