Volume 43 Issue 5 May 1993

The Taj Mahal

Akbar Ahmed looks at the passion and theology behind the great monument to love.

An Empire Builder: Seleukos Nikator

Alexander the Great has gone down as the wonder of the ancient world with his spectacular career and conquests but, John Grainger argues, a niche ought to be left for the junior general who carved out his own empire from the chaos that followed Alexander's death.

Canning and the Baron de Agra

Martin Murphy unravels the tale of the fake nobleman and friar-turned-journalist who enmeshed Britain's Foreign Secretary in his intrigues during the Napoleonic War.

Taiwan Confronts Its Past

Michael Rand Hoare probes the truth behind a little-known massacre which is reverberating in Taiwanese politics today.

Heretical Sects in Pre-Reformation England

Greg Walker reassesses the evidence for believing that Lollard 'known men' and other evangelicals acted as the underground army that undermined the medieval Catholicism of Henry VIII's church.

Japanese Women at Work, 1880-1920

What was it like to be a 'boiled octopus' in the silk mills of Japan before the First World War? Janet Hunter looks at the life and conditions of the women who bore the brunt of Japan's rapid industrialisation.