Volume 64 Issue 4 April 2014
Ukraine and Russia: A Troubled History
It is the issue of Russian identity, rather than strategic or economic importance, that lies at the heart of the Crimean crisis, argues Alexander Lee
The legacy of the Crimean War still resonates in Ukraine, as Hugh Small explains.
Henry III, a Shakespearean King
Robert Knecht revisits an article marking 400 years since the assassination of Henry III of France and asks why the last Valois king has attracted so little attention from English-speaking historians.
Debating Death and Disease
John Henderson challenges received ideas on how medieval and early modern societies dealt with perils such as plague.
Compensating the Railway Men
The suffering of prisoners of war at the hands of the Japanese during the Second World War has coloured the British view of the conflict in the Far East. Clare Makepeace highlights a little known aspect of the captives’ story: their quest for compensation.
An Exorcism in Elizabethan London
Jessie Childs recounts the chilling story of an exorcism performed in an Elizabethan household in Hackney.
Game of Thrones: Does Fantasy Fiction Beat Period Drama?
The strangeness of the past can be evoked more effectively in pick and mix fantasies than in those novels, films and TV dramas that aspire to realism, argues Suzannah Lipscomb.
Smoking in the First World War
Chris Wrigley explores the hugely beneficial impact of the First World War on the British tobacco industry and looks at how smoking became an approved symbol of comradeship and patriotism.
New York-to-Paris Race, 1908
Roger Hudson takes a roadside view of the automobiles about to embark on the arduous, 22,000-mile journey.