Volume 55 Issue 3 March 2005

The Lisbon Tsunami

Jenifer Roberts recalls the impact of a tidal wave that brought chaos and disaster to Portugal.

We Don't Do Empire

Bernard Porter is unconvinced by American denials of a new imperialism and finds comparisons – as well as important differences – with the British experience.

The 1905 Aliens Act

Anne Kershen looks at the background to a significant benchmark in British anti-immigration legislation.

Storm Over Mexico

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.

The Man Who Tried to Stop the Dresden Raids

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.