Volume 55 Issue 2 February 2005

The meetings of the Imperial Diet of the Holy Roman Empire were held on 2 February 1555.

Simon Chaplin describes the extraordinary personal museum of the 18th-century anatomist and gentleman-dissector John Hunter, and suggests that this, and others like it, played a critical role in establishing an acceptable view of dissection.

David Anderson looks at the contentious issues raised as Kenya comes to terms with the colonial past.

Tamerlane, or Timur, one of history's most brutal butchers, died on February 18th, 1405.

Judy Urquhart recalls a forgotten use of Colditz Castle after the end of the Second World War – as a prison for German aristocrats.

On January 27th, 1945, the Red Army liberated what was left of the Auschwitz extermination camp. Taylor Downing reveals extraordinary aerial photographs of the camp taken during the summer of 1944, which pose awkward questions about why the Allies did not act to stop the killing.

In his latest article about today’s historians, Daniel Snowman meets the creator of some of the finest TV history programmes, including Auschwitz, currently being shown on BBC2.

Bernhard Rieger considers how luxury liners became icons of modernity and national pride in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Winston Churchill wrote history with an eye to his eventual place in it, David Reynolds tells us. His idea of history also inspired his making of it.

Julie Rugg reports on recent research done into official attitudes towards burial during the Blitz.

Rhoads Murphey reflects on a thousand years of Turkic cultural development.

Yehuda Koren tells one family’s remarkable story of surviving Auschwitz.

Helen Rappaport on Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale and the Post-Crimean War reputation of the woman recently voted ‘greatest black Briton’: Mary Seacole.