Volume 55 Issue 5 May 2005

A mutual defence treaty between Communist states was signed on 14 May 1955.

Anthony Pollard asks whether the battle should rightly be seen as the launch of the Wars of the Roses.

Umej Bhatia discusses Muslim memories of the Crusades and their resonances in Middle Eastern politics today.

The Roman emperor abdicated on May 1st, 305.

The Roman emperor abdicated on May 1st, 305.

Party strategists are no new phenomenon, Dominic Wring says; the Labour Party has always been concerned with marketing its brand image.

As the rest of Britain gears up for the sixtieth anniversary of VE Day on May 8th, Peter Tabb describes the last moments of the German Occupation of the Channel Islands, where the end of the War came twenty-four hours later.

Sarah Searight highlights the problem of pillaging for those trying to piece together Mali’s rich heritage.

Beryl Williams marks the centenary of the revolutionary year 1905, and discusses the impact of the massacre outside the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, and the complex events throughout Russia that preceded and followed Bloody Sunday.

James Robertson investigates the Lord Protector’s ambitious plans for war with Spain in the Caribbean.

Jamie Oliver is the latest in a long line of food reformers. John Burnett looks at the campaign of the Reform Bread League to improve the nation’s loaf.

Mihir Bose investigates the case of Subhas Chandra Bose in Bengal in 1924 to show what can happen when a government is able to lock people up on the suspicion of terrorism.

Russell Chamberlin describes the revelations of a recent conference on the archaeology of Cleopatra’s Alexandria.

Neil Gregor looks at Germany and the legacies of war.

Mike Huggins investigates the origins of Britain’s morass of sporting rivalries.