Volume 46 Issue 3 March 1996

Myths and Anniversaries

Are historical stereotypes formed or dispelled by the likes of last year’s VE Day commemorations? William Buckingham answers as the winner of the Longman/History Today essay prize.

Did Europe's Mercantilist Empires Pay?

Trade may have followed the flag, but was there enough stimulus in imperialism to aid national bank balances and development from 1500 onwards? Patrick O'Brien sifts the evidence.

Citizen Kane

Sarah Street discusses how 'Rosebud' and Pearl Harbor are inextricably entangled in this most enigmatic of film portrayals of a media tycoon.

Combat Trauma in the American Civil War

Shell-shocked - a phrase redolent of the Western Front and the Great War. But was it also a reality fifty years earlier on the killing fields of Virginia? John Talbott investigates.