Volume 56 Issue 3 March 2006

Who Were the Mamluks?

The slave-warriors of medieval Islam overthrew their masters, defeated the Mongols and the Crusaders and established a dynasty that lasted 300 years.

Drawing the Line

Editor Peter Furtado explains our current series on cartoons and its relevance today.

Happy Families

Stella Tillyard explains how she came to write multiple biographies of 18th-century families, most recently that of George III whose brothers and sisters were enmeshed in webs of intrigue, something that affected the King’s wider relations with his subjects.

Great Minds Think Alike

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at two humorous takes on the same subject – the Siegfried Line, as the German defensive Westwall was known by the Allies, by cartoonists from both sides of the divide during the Second World War.

The Audit of War

What was the British empire’s contribution to the victory in the Second World War? What was the impact of war upon the empire?  A.J. Stockwell explores the interlocking questions of the costs of war and empire.