Volume 53 Issue 8 August 2003

Elizabeth A. Fenn examines a little known catastrophe that reshaped the history of a continent.

Mikhail Safonov argues that the Beatles did more for the break up of totalitarianism in the USSR than Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Andrei Sakharov.

Jonathan Conlin considers the history of heritage panics, from relics to Raphaels.

Simon Sebag Montefiore describes an unlikely project to create an English village in Belorussia involving Catherine the Great’s lover and the philosopher Jeremy Bentham and his brother.

Andrew Smyth recalls the vision and enterprise of one of Louis XIV’s chief ministers and a Béziers businessman.

Richard Cavendish explores the papacy of Pius X, who was elected on August 4th, 1903.

Kents Cavern, Devon, is famous throughout the world for its wealth of archaeology and geology. Margaret Powling investigates the cave’s prehistoric past and looks towards its future.

Janet L. Nelson argues that the study of medieval history in British schools is just what the twenty-first century requires.

Alastair Dunn discusses the battle and its repercussions in its 600th anniversary year.

James Williams considers hunting as the ideal pastime for the nobility in the sixteenth century.

Richard Cavendish describes James IV of Scots and Margaret Tudor's wedding on August 8th, 1503.

Andrew Cook compares notes from Soviet sources and recently released MI5 files on Klaus Fuchs, the British nuclear physicist and spy who helped the Soviet Union develop the atom bomb.