History Today eBook: The Second World War

Volume 56 Issue 7 July 2006

The founder of the Society of Jesus died on July 31st, 1556.

The Hungarian city successfully repelled Sultan Mehmet II's army on July 22nd, 1456.

The founder of the Society of Jesus died on July 31st, 1556.

Sylvia Ellis has been listening in to LBJ’s taped telephone calls from the Oval Office and finds they have much to tell the historian about the man behind the escalation of the Vietnam war.

Christopher Kelly introduces the Emperor Constantine.

Wilfrid Prest unravels myths perpetrated by historians about the great 18th-century lawyer.

Peter Furtado on one of the most traumatic places in British military history.

Bernard Porter argues that history and patriotism should be kept firmly apart.

James Barker considers the role of terrorism in the establishment of Israel.

Brigid Wells introduces extracts from the memoirs of her mother, Susan Richmond, who as a young English actress postponed a promising career on the stage to offer her services to the victims of the Great War. Richmond spent over a year at the Suffragette-founded Scottish Women’s Hospital in the Abbey of Royaumont, northern France, nursing mostly French soldiers. Her vivid descriptions of daily life during the devastating months of the Somme offensive offer both a heart-rending and uplifting account of the bravery of male patients and female staff alike.

York Membery recalls one of the great statesmen of late Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

Tristram Hunt looks at the development of conservation and environment movements in the twentieth century, and particularly at the achievements of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, which celebrates its 80th anniversary year.

In welcoming a new publication of the collected numbers of The Wipers Times, Malcolm Brown wonders why we find the idea of humour in the trenches so shocking.

Patricia Pierce finds out about the two men responsible for publishing Shakespeare’s First Folio.

The Holy Roman Empire had survived over a thousand years when it was finally destroyed by Napoleon and the French in 1806.

David Bates asks what professional historians can do to satisfy the popular craving for history.

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant explores the art of Carlo Pellegrini,  aka ‘Ape’, whose cartoons of politicians and society figures for Vanity Fair help define the way we imagine Victorian Britain.