Volume 54 Issue 1 January 2004

France ceded Naples to Spain on January 31st, 1504.

Anubha Charan describes the arguments surrounding one of the world’s most politically explosive excavations.

Kerry Ellis recalls the remarkable career of the Englishwoman who saw it as her destiny to establish a pro-British monarchy in Iraq.

Peter Ling argues that Thomas Jefferson’s ideas have had dramatic continent-wide effects on the landscape and ecology of the United States.

Ruth Bottigheimer argues that the survival of our best-loved fairy tales owes more to popular print tradition than to fireside story-telling passed down through the generations.

The Hampton Court Conference opened on January 14th, 1604. The most important product of the conference was the King James Bible.

The first-ever parliament of the Sudan was opened by the British governor-general, Sir Robert Howe, on January 1st, 1954.

Nicky McHugh describes recent developments in Hartford, Connecticut, at the home of Mark Twain for those seeking a close encounter with America’s literary past.

Daniel Snowman meets the historian of Germany, defender of history and expert witness in the Irving trial.

Roger Owen considers bell’s impact on the much maligned consul-general of Egypt.

John Hannavy investigates the perennially fascinating ‘pit brow lasses’.

Frank Shapiro investigates the options open to Jews who wanted to leave Nazi Germany prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, and considers why one possible route to safety was abandoned.

Federico Guillermo Lorenz shows that those who control the present are sometimes able to control interpretations of the past.

Lawrence Paterson tells the story behind a new book of rare photographs published this month detailing life aboard a German Second World War submarine.

In the middle of the 19th century, Korea was isolated from the rest of the world and unknown. Many attempts were made to open it.

John Guy, author of a new biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, explains how working in the archives made him fascinated with sixteenth-century history.