Volume 54 Issue 2 February 2004

The clergyman and chemist Joseph Priestley died February 6th, 1804, aged seventy-one.

The King of Sicily died on February 26th, 1154.

C.A. Bayly looks at the opportunities presented to the historian in the 21st century when trying to write the history of the world.

David Cesarani examines the effects of a long history on a new nation state.

Emelyne Godfrey looks at the latest trends in postgraduate historical studies.

Nicholas Orme considers how the crowded cities of medieval England dealt with the death and burial of their citizens.

Danny Wood visits Carranque Archaeological Park, near Madrid, recently opened to the public.

Terry Jones, former Python, describes how a perverse fascination with the boring bits of Chaucer converted him from being a clown into a historian of the 14th century.

Historian and magician Peter Lamont considers what can be learned by studying the history of a famous conjuring trick – or con trick?

Mark Cohen and John Major describe how they approached the task of producing a ground-breaking volume of historical quotations.

Rana Mitter recalls the career of a man who once ruled an area larger than France and Germany, but who spent forty years in Chiang Kai-shek’s gaols.

Charlotte Crow lifts the curtain on ‘juvenile drama’ – a 19th-century phenomenon, subject of a new exhibition on Regency toy theatre at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.

Robert Garland asks what murder meant to the apparently bloodthirsty Greeks and Romans.

Peter R. Neumann shows the relevance of ‘The Troubles’ to allied policy in Iraq.

Peter Furtado introduces the February 2004 issue of History Today.

The Battle of Port Arthur began on February 8th, 1904.

Archaeologist Keith Branigan uncovers clues revealing the patterns of emigration from the Isle of Barra to British North America, from 1770 to 1850.