Volume 60 Issue 12 December 2010

Going Soft on the Weak

Some historians romanticise the powerless to the point where they can do no wrong. This offers a moral threat to both the profession and the wider society, which must be challenged, says Tim Stanley.

The Dignity of Decent Men

Geoff Coyle revisits an article by Chris Wrigley, first published in History Today in 1984, examining the mining dispute of 1926,which developed into Britain’s first and, to date, only general strike.

Jeremy Black’s century

Nigel Saul salutes his colleague’s achievement of 100 authored books on a wide range of historical subject matter.

Restoring the social fabric

Paul Lay is moved by an exhibition of tokens left by the mothers of children abandoned during the mid-18th century.

Britain’s First World Wars

Wellington’s victories over the forces of Napoleon were critical to Britain’s ascendancy to superpower status. Peter Snow wonders why such a thrilling period of history is too often neglected.

Family Fortunes: The British Family

Has the British family undergone an unparalleled breakdown since the 1960s, as is often claimed? Pat Thane argues that there never was a golden age of domestic bliss.