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Volume 58 Issue 2 February 2008

Jason Burke describes how war correspondents benefit from a knowledge of history, and how history might benefit from their work in turn.

On February 6th, 1958, the BEA aircraft carrying the players and staff of Manchester United football team crashed shortly after taking off at Munich airport. Richard Cavendish describes the accident.

Historian and film-maker Michael Wood recently visited Bristol Grammar School to talk about the BBC2 series The Story of India. Before the event began he was interviewed by sixth-form students Imogen Parkes and Nicholas Barrett; Oliver Chard transcribed the tape.

Cartoons can allow us to see ourselves as others see us, often uncomfortably. Mark Bryant looks at cartoons produced across Europe about Britain’s involvement in an unpopular war in South Africa at the turn of the twentieth century.

Janet Voke describes how fifty tons of gold were evacuated from Norway four hours ahead of the Nazi invasion in spring 1940.

Sheila Rowbotham introduces the ‘hands-on’ utopian, C.R. Ashbee, and the Guild of Handicraft he established in 1888, shedding light on late nineteenth and early twentieth century Arts and Crafts ideas about work, consumption and society.

Peter J. Beck describes the work of Honoré Daumier, born 200 years ago this month, which provided an early visual documentary newsreel and commentary on the key political and social movements in mid-nineteenth century France.

Mark Knights and a team of colleagues introduce a new method of working for researchers and students.

Terry Jenkins explains why a failed assassination attempt on Napoleon III brought down the British government in 1858.

Charles Freeman explains why AD 381 was a defining moment in the history of European thought.

Jeremy Goldberg examines three stories of disputed marriages and discusses definitions of consent and how they impinged on a medieval woman’s right to marry when and whom she chose.

The Siege of Baghdad ended on February 10th 1258.

Saint Marie-Bernarde Soubirous saw the first of her 18 'visions' in Lourdes on February 11th, 1858.

Peter Clark celebrates some of the ‘awkward squad’ associated with eastern England.

Walter Harris introduces the retired soldier who brought sound recording to Britain.

Anthea Gerrie explores a remarkable excavation, a Roman surgeon’s house in Rimini.