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Articles from Vol. 57, No. 5, May

Britannia's Victorian War Artist: Mark Bryant Looks at the Work of the Punch Artist Whose Drawings Symbolized British Anger over the Indian Mutiny and Established His Own Reputation
THE INDIAN MUTINY of 1857-58 was a bloody wake-up call for the British Empire. Coming so soon after the Crimean War against Russia, the Sepoy Rebellion, as it was also known, exposed the cracks that eventually led to the loss of the 'Jewel in the Crown'...
City of Laughter: Vic Gatrell, Recently Awarded the PEN/Hessell-Tiltman History Book of the Year Award 2006 for His Book on the Satire of 18th- and Early 19th-Century Britain, Explains What Impels His Writing
WRITING BIG HISTORY BOOKS is hard and isolating work--a test, every author knows, of one's capacities for optimism, endurance and self-discipline. Most writers in darker moments can wonder what their effort is 'for' and whether the world really needs...
Divided Loyalties: The Historical Presence of South Asian Men and Women in Britain Has Been Ignored for Too Long, Says Shompa Lahiri, Who Has Investigated Their Experiences during the Second World War
THIS YEAR IS A SIGNIFICANT ONE for Indo-British relations. 2007 not only commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of Indian and Pakistani independence, it also marks the 150th anniversary of the 1857 'Indian Mutiny'. An important landmark in the history...
From the History Today Archives
www.historytoday.com's archive contains scores of articles that add background, detail and context to the subjects you have enjoyed in this issue. To help you explore the unparalleled depth and range of our material, here are some of the highlights...
Garden of Sweden
WHAT DO THE Chelsea Flower Show, an East India clipper ship, a new issue of stamps and numerous sites in Sweden have in common? The last-named gives a clue: they are all involved in celebrating the tercentenary of Sweden's most important scientist,...
History in the Media
HERMITAGE OUTPOST A deal has been signed by Vladimir Putin and Romano Prodi to create a branch of St Petersburg's Hermitage State Museum in the 14th-century Castello Estense, Ferrara, in Italy. The venture will be paid for by the two countries....
Indian Voices from the 1857 Rebellion: The Indian Mutiny and Rebellion, Which Broke out 150 Years Ago This Month, Was the Greatest Revolt against British Imperialism of Its Century. Joseph Coohill Uncovers Some Indian Accounts of What Happened and Why
THE INDIAN REBELLION--or Mutiny--of 1857 was one of the most significant events in the history of the British Empire. Indian soldiers in the army of the East India Company in Bengal rose up against their officers, captured and killed many civilians,...
Istanbul: Jonathan Harris Explores the Historical Continuities of a City That Has Been the Capital of Two Major World Empires for over 1,500 Years, by Looking at the Vicissitudes of a Building That Has Served Two Faiths
IN A QUIET CORNER OF ISTANBUL, close to the old city walls, stands a small and unpretentious brick building. These days it serves as a museum though in the past it was a mosque as its minaret bears witness. Yet it was as a church that it was first...
Life, the Universe and Everything
THE GREAT HISTORICAL ENTHUSIASM of our time is for researching the history of our own families: people across the globe are concocting--and sharing--great family trees, and in the process finding out many things about the past that more conventional...
Losing the Plot
John Jackson exhumes the extraordinary case of a middle-aged woman from Derby convicted of plotting to murder the Prime Minister. Alice Wheeldon's anti-war activities in 1916 caused her and her family to be targeted first by the secret service and...
May's Anniversaries
Richard, Earl of Cornwall crowned King of the Romans May 17th, 1257 THE CURIOUS SITUATION IN WHICH A NOBLEMAN from England was chosen as the ruler of Germany occurred because the German electoral princes, cherishing their independence, preferred...
Nations' Memorybank
THE RISE OF FAMILY HISTORY has been well documented. But in the last year or two, the traditional focus of research for many people has changed. It is no longer enough simply to 'collect names' and build a family tree; though this is a vital step,...
No Simple Purveyor of News: George Steer and Guernica: Paul Preston Remembers the Journalist and Basque Sympathizer Who Broke the News of the Bombing of Guernica, and Whose Impassioned Reports from the Front in the Spanish Civil War Did Much to Draw the Attention of the World to the Conflict
IN EARLY 1938, MARTHA GELLHORN wrote to her friend and mentor, Eleanor Roosevelt: You must read a book by a man named Steer: it is called the Tree of Gernika. It is about the fight of the Basques--he's the London Times man --and no...
Pipes and Drums: R.S. Taylor Stoermer Takes a Transatlantic Perspective on the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707
THE ENGLISH IGNORE it, Americans have never heard of it, and many Scots despise the very thought of it. Yet the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707 had a profound impact on the shared history of the three nations. What had been a collection of loosely connected...
The Extraordinary Case of Captain Virgilio Leret
Gerald Howson tells the rule of the Spanish republican who invented a jet engine and died during Franco's coup. OF ALL THE NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT have revolutionized human life since the Second World War, none has done so more radically and extensively,...
The Falklands X-Factor: Twenty-Five Years Ago, British Forces Won an Unlikely Victory to Drive the Argentinians out of the Falklands. Brian James Searches for the Task Force's Secret Weapon
HE RECAPTURE OF THE FALKLAND ISLANDS from an Argentine invading force in 1982 was against all military logic: army doctrine declares that the attacking force should outnumber the occupying force by three to one, whereas the 6,000-strong British force...
The Henry III Fine Rolls
THE FINE ROLLS OF HENRY III (r.1216-72) are a key source for the study of politics, government and society in a reign that saw the implantation of Magna Carta into English political life and the beginnings of the parliamentary state. This month, the...
The Luther Legacy: Derek Wilson Looks at the Great Religious Reformer and Asks Why His Life and Work Have Seemed So Significant to So Many Diverse People for Almost 500 Years
OVER THE CENTURIES Luther (1483-1546) has been variously identified as an advocate of absolute monarchy, democracy, individual freedom, intellectual repression, nationalism, internationalism, spirituality and secularism. The fact that so many later...
Timesearch
Timesearch www.timesearch.info THOSE OF US WHO ARE SIGNED-UP MEMBERS of the Old Fogey Tendency are frequently heard to complain that young people today don't learn enough dates--and that without them it is impossible to gain the essential grounding...
Victorian Makeover: The 'Big Red Books' of the Victoria County History Are Being Transformed by an Injection of 3.5 Million [Pounds Sterling] from the Heritage Lottery Fund
THE VICTORIA COUNTY HISTORY (VCH) was founded in 1899 with the laudable intention of writing the history of every English county and parish. It was the last great enterprise of a long established and venerable tradition of county historical writing,...