Volume 53 Issue 3 March 2003

The Soviet leader died on March 5th, 1953.

The English polymath died in London on March 3rd, 1703.

The 14th President was inaugurated on March 4th, 1853.

Peter Furtado announces the winners of the Longman-History Today Awards 2003.

Ian Hargreaves traces the origins, and deplores the impact, of the unholy alliance between public relations and politics, business and journalism.

Bevis Hillier investigates the alleged abduction 250 years ago, of a young servant girl, which divided London society at the time and has puzzled historians ever since.

Robert Knecht looks at the ‘eminence rouge’ and considers how his image, carefully crafted during his lifetime, has become that of a demonic schemer.

This swashbuckling chancer lived two lives, the first English, the second Italian. Raymond E. Role chronicles the chameleon career which ranges from Elizabethan privateer, explorer and courtier to Stuart expatriate, religious renegade, shipbuilder, architect, inventor, engineer, cartographer and paterfamilias.

Paul Wingrove examines the starkly different interpretations that seek to explain the career of Joseph Stalin, who died fifty years ago this month.

Lord Harmsworth tells how an accident of birth resulted in his running Dr Johnson’s House in London.

Sarah Searight tells how the efforts of the little-known Robert Moresby, together with the innovation of the marine steam engine, revolutionised trade and transport for the British Empire in the perilous waterway.

Gilbert Shama looks at the German research into penicillin during the Second World War.

Documentary film-maker Martin Smith calls for makers of history programmes for television to reassess their standards.

Peter Furtado on the new National Awards for History Teaching in Higher Education.

Maurice Keen looks at the significance of female lines of descent in heraldic arms, and what this tells us about women of noble and gentle birth in medieval England.

 Robert Morrell presents the UK-based society which seeks to celebrate Thomas Paine.