Volume 52 Issue 12 December 2002

Deep Thought

Gavin Menzies explains how a life as a submarine commander gave rise to the revolutionary notion that Europeans were not the first to sail round the globe.

Puffing Billy

Andrew Barclay marks the 300th anniversary of the death of William III.

The 1902 Education Act

Kevin Manton regrets the political decision to remove direct democratic control over education a hundred years ago.