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Volume 52 Issue 9 September 2002

The French writer died on 29 September 1902.

The skirmish between the Douglases and the Percies took place on September 14th, 1402.

The country skipped ahead 11 days on September 2nd, 1752.

With the final collapse of the Soviet Union on December 1st, 1991, and with the new openness promised by Mikhail Gorbachev well under way, the release to historians of files, photographs and film strips held in the Soviet state archives seemed a very real possibility.

Russell Chamberlin observes as Menorca celebrates the bicentennial of the Treaty of Amiens.

Terence Zuber argues that the German army’s rigid plan for a quick victory in France in 1914 was a postwar fabrication.

Chris Wickham looks back upon the life of Rodney Hilton, medieval historian and co-founder of Past and Present.

John Lucas extols the pioneers who helped develop the parachute, two centuries ago.

Victor Ambrus sketches a colourful picture of his route to the Time Team.

Dean Juniper shows the power of a ‘green’ Victorian pressure group in action.

Albert Axell recalls the era of the Japanese Kamikaze pilots.

Glenn Richardson explores the talents and fortune of the 16th-century French courtier who served five kings.

Susan-Mary Grant looks at Florence Nightingale’s influence on medical care in the Crimea and the US Civil War.

David Johnson reconsiders the nature of the peace treaty between Britain and France and the tarnished reputation of prime minister Addington.

Panikos Panayi explores the conditions endured by the people of Osnabrück between 1929 and 1949.

Penny Young uncovers prehistoric rock art in Luxor.

David Ellwood argues that the attempts of British politicians to copy an American ‘role model’ are likely to fail.