Ole J. Benedictow describes how he calculated that the Black Death killed 50 million people in the 14th century, or 60 per cent of Europe’s entire population.
Volume 55 Issue 3 March 2005
Jenifer Roberts recalls the impact of a tidal wave that brought chaos and disaster to Portugal.
Bernard Porter is unconvinced by American denials of a new imperialism and finds comparisons – as well as important differences – with the British experience.
Anne Kershen looks at the background to a significant benchmark in British anti-immigration legislation.
Richard Cavendish marks the funeral of one of medicine's most eminent pioneers, on March 18th, 1955.
Robert Garland considers the meaning of fame and celebrity to the Greeks and Romans.
Godfrey Hodgson tells the colourful story of Jane McManus, political journalist, land speculator, pioneer settler in Texas and propagandist who believed that the United States had a ‘manifest destiny’ to rule Mexico and the Caribbean.
Between February 13th and 15th, 1945, British and American bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tonnes of bombs on the refugee-crammed city of Dresden. David Spark relates how an officer at the British Air Ministry tried to get the raids called off.
The Russian ruler died of pneumonia on March 2nd, 1855.
Richard Cavendish marks the anniversary of the union of two branches of the Roosevelts, on March 17th, 1905