New College of the Humanities

Volume 58 Issue 11 November 2008

Kasia Boddy’s vivid and highly entertaining book traces the manner in which pugilism has been represented in Western culture from Homer’s Iliad of...
Britain since 1918 The Strange Career of British Democracy David Marquand Weidenfeld & Nicolson 477pp £25 ISBN 978 0 2976 432 0 3 David Marquand...

More than 900 people perished in the Jonestown mass suicide of November 18th 1978.

More than 900 people perished in the Jonestown mass suicide of November 18th 1978.

Alan Sharp looks at the factors shaping national policies in the weeks preceding the Paris Peace Conference, when the failure of the victorious allies to agree on aims and a process for negotiations with the Germans resulted in a ‘tragedy of disappointment’.

The Dowager Empress of China died on 15 November, 1908, after ruling the country for almost 50 years.

In November 1558 the young Elizabeth became queen of England. Norman Jones looks at evidence from the state papers to show how those close to her viewed the challenges faced in the early days by Elizabethan England.

After 1918 the myth was created that the German army only lost the war because it had been ‘stabbed in the back’ by defeatists and revolutionaries on the Home Front. Alexander Watson reviews the clear evidence that in reality it simply lost the will to go on fighting.

Trea Martyn describes how urban living and a historical oasis in the capital inspired her interest in garden history, and in Elizabethan gardens in particular.

Jeremy Black discusses how changing military and propaganda needs have influenced cartographers over the last 150 years.

Dionysios Stathakopoulos surveys the history of the Byzantine Empire from its foundation in 324 to its conquest in 1453.

Elizabeth Gaskell wrote Mary Barton, her novel about working-class life in Manchester, 160 years ago. It was written from the heart, says Sue Wilkes, even though it angered the mill-owners who were her personal friends.

Reconciliation is not following in the wake of the search for truth about the past in one fomer Warsaw Pact country, Colin Graham reports.

On the centenary of her election as Britain’s first female mayor, Andrew Mackay looks at the life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.

Tony Chafer examines the paradoxes and complexities that underlie belated recognition of the contribution of African soldiers to the liberation of France in 1944.

Kathryn Hadley discusses the fate of several villages destroyed in the First World War, now on military territory usually inaccessible to the public.

Mark Bryant examines the wartime work of Captain Bruce Bairnsfather, creator of the famous ‘Old Bill’ character.

Putting the Manorial Documents Register online creates a major resource for historians, reports Sarah Charlton as the project is extended to Berkshire and Buckinghamshire.

Ian Ronayne describes how the Channel Island was torn in the First World War between its role as potato producer and its patriotic duty to send men to fight.

To understand why Americans believe their nation to be innocent of imperialism we must go back to the Founding Fathers of the Republic, says Graham MacPhee.