Volume 59 Issue 1 January 2009

The rupture of a giant molasses tank in Boston just after the First World War caused devastation and led to the longest legal case in the city’s history.

The visually spectacular Scottish capital witnessed fierce dynastic struggle before it welcomed the spirit of the Enlightenment, as Patricia Cleveland-Peck discovers.

A power struggle in postwar Germany erupted on January 5th, 1919.

Byron’s love affair with bare-knuckle boxing was shared by many of his fellow Romantics, who celebrated this most brutal of sports in verse. John Strachan examines an unlikely match.

Mark Bryant on the work of Soviet cartoonists engaged in the epic struggle against Nazi Germany.

In his twenties, Philippe Maurice was sentenced to death by guillotine for murdering a policeman. Saved by a change of government, he transformed himself through prison study into one of France’s leading medieval historians. William Smith reports.

Andrew Roberts introduces the remarkable memoir of Magdalene De Lancey, wife of Wellington’s chief of staff, who accompanied her husband on a campaign that climaxed in triumph and tragedy.

John Shepherd looks back to the turbulent Winter of Discontent, which heralded the demise of James Callaghan’s Labour government and paved the way for Margaret Thatcher and eighteen years of unbroken Conservative rule.

Beautiful, clever and determined, Yolande of Aragon was at the heart of the diplomatic and military campaigns that united 15th-century France. Margaret L. Kekewich charts her career.

The popular image of Socrates as a man of immense moral integrity was largely the creation of his pupil Plato. If we examine evidence of his trial, argues Robin Waterfield, a different picture emerges, of a cunning politician opposed to Athenian democracy.

Michael Dunne reflects on past US presidential Inaugurals, and the words which still resonate.

The British Museum opened on 15 January 1759.

Vietnamese troops faced little resistance when they entered Cambodia's capital on January 7th, 1979.

Richard Willis charts how order was brought to the medical profession by the foundation of the General Medical Council 150 years ago.

Terry Brown explores the arborial legacy of a penny-pinching duke.

A spate of recent films suggest that the scars of Germany’s history show little sign of healing. Markus Bauer reports.

Roger Moorhouse takes issue with the secular sainthood bestowed on Claus von Stauffenberg.