History Today

History Today is a monthly magazine published by History Today, Ltd. Founded in 1951, it is owned by Andy Patterson and has a circulation of roughly 30,000 subscribers. Headquarters are based in London, England.The magazine, which is geared towards teachers, students, and those with an interest in history, publishes essays written by some leading history scholars covering myriad periods, regions, topics, and themes in history. It is available in print and online.The print version was founded by Brendan Backen, who worked as the Minister of Information during World War II. He was also the publisher of the Financial Times. Currently, both print and online versions are published under the vision and guide of editor-in-chief, Paul Lay.History Today offers readers articles ranging from atomic medicine to the rise and fall of empires. Each essay comes with illustrations selected by picture editor Sheila Corr. The web edition includes a news digest from web editor, Kathryn Hadley.Subscribers can buy an annual subscription for either the web or print version. Web subscribers can also purchase access to articles from the publication's archives dating back to 1980. The magazine also has a sister publication, History Review, which is aimed at students and is published three times each year.

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 9, September

Americanisation or Globalisation? David Ellwood Argues That the Attempts of British Politicians to Copy an American `Role Model' Are Likely to Fail. (Cross Current).(Column)
WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE years the United Kingdom will almost certainly be obliged to decide whether or not to abandon the pound sterling and embrace the Euro. The closer this milestone approaches, the more intense becomes the debate on the meaning...
Amiens 1802: The Phoney Peace: David Johnson Reconsiders the Nature of the Peace Treaty between Britain and France and the Tarnished Reputation of Prime Minister Addington.(Column)
THE DEFINITIVE PEACE Treaty signed between Britain and France at Amiens on March 27th, 1802, was welcomed on both sides of the English Channel. London and other towns across Britain were illuminated, and within weeks there were fireworks, feasts,...
`A Most Felicitous Foray': Dean Juniper Shows the Power of a `Green' Victorian Pressure Group in action.(Column)
IT'S TEMPTING to believe that the fully-fashioned pressure group--equipped with all the apparatus of modern communications, highly mobile, media and judiciary exploitative, capable of rapid descent on targets, ready to act directly, and, if necessary,...
Anne De Montmorency: Great Master, Great Survivor: Glenn Richardson Explores the Talents and Fortune of the 16th-Century French Courtier Who Served Five kings.(Column)
ON NOVEMBER 10TH, 1567 during the second of the French Wars of Religion, a large royal army moved north of Paris to wrest control of St Denis from a force of Protestants which was then threatening the capital. It was led to victory by a seventy-four-year-old...
Death of Emile Zola: September 20th, 1902. (Months Past).(Brief Article)
THE MOST famous French writer of his day died at sixty-two in curious circumstances. Emile Zola and his wife Alexandrine returned to their house in the rue de Bruxelles in Paris on September 28th from a spell in the country. It was wet and cold,...
Drawing from History. (Point of Departure).(book Illustrating)
MY INTEREST in drawing and history goes back to my childhood in Hungary when I first held a pencil and discovered my grandfather's library. Grandfather had an extensive library with several nineteenth-century books about Hungarian and European history...
Everyday Life in a German Town: Panikos Panayi Explores the Conditions Endured by the People of Osnabruck between 1929 and 1949.(column)
DURING THE FIRST HALF of the twentieth century the population of Germany experienced a series of crises, which stretched from the outbreak of the First World War to the creation of two German states in 1949. These crises encompassed the trials of...
Monsieur Garnerin Drops In: John Lucas Extols the Pioneers Who Helped Develop the Parachute, Two Centuries Ago. (Cross Current).(Column)
VISITORS FROM NAPOLEON'S France may not have been especially welcome in England in the early nineteenth century, but thirty-three-year-old Andre-Jacques Garnerin, who dropped out of the sky by parachute over London just 200 years ago this month,...
New Light on the Lady with the Lamp: Susan-Mary Grant Looks at Florence Nightingale's Influence on Medical Care in the Crimea and the US Civil War
`IT IS WITH FEELINGS OF surprise and anger,' announced The Times on October 12th, 1854, referring to the appalling conditions of the Crimean War, `that the public will learn that no sufficient medical preparations have been made for the proper care...
Radio Goes to War: The Cultural Politics of Propaganda during World War II.(Review)
Gerd Horten University of California Press xiii + 218pp 29.95 [pounds sterling] ISBN 0 520 20783 1 The Secret History of PWE The Political Warfare Executive 1939-1945 David Garnett (with an Introduction and Notes by Andrew Roberts) St Ermin's...
Rock Art in Egypt. (Frontline)
SCORES OF PICTURES CARVED on rock faces in the eastern Egyptian desert 6,000 years ago are throwing new light on the prehistoric origins of the civilisation of the Pharaohs. The images of people, animals, hunting scenes and flotillas of boats are...
Rodney Hilton. (Frontline).(Obituary)
I HAVE SO FAR NOT MET ANYONE who knew Rodney Hilton who is not upset at his death, on June 7th, 2002, even though eighty-five is not bad going by any standards. He managed the difficult feat of being both inspiring to others (younger colleagues...
Round and About: September 2002
LONDON Joseph Lister: Surgery, Science and Sepsis September 1st, 2.30pm The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret 9a St Thomas' Street London SE1 9RY Tel: 020 7955 4791 www.thegarret.org.uk Joseph Lister's experiments with antiseptics...
Serbia: The History Behind the Name.(Review)
Steven K. Pavlowitch Hurst and Company, 252pp. Hardback 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 1 85065 477 8 Paperback 14.95 ISBN 1 85065 476 X The Balkans From Constantinople to Communism Dennis P. Hupchick Palgrave 468pp 25 [pounds sterling] ISBN 0 312 21736...
Shameless: The Visionary Life of Mary Gove Nichols.(Review)
Jean L. Silver-Isenstadt The Johns Hopkins University Press 342 pp. 16.50 [pounds sterling] hardback ISBN 0 8018 6848 3 I HAVE BEEN "THE THING CALLED A WIFE", having no individuality, no spontaneity. I have suffered a degradation that the Church...
The Battle of Homildon Hill: September 14th, 1402. (Months Past).(Brief Article)
DURING THE centuries of warfare, raiding and rustling across the border of England and Scotland, the two most powerful warlord dynasties involved were the Douglases on the Scottish side and the Percies in Northumberland. In 1402 the King of Scots...
The Glass Bathyscaphe: How Glass Changed the World.(Review)
Alan Macfarlane and Gerry Martin Profile Books 199pp 15 [pounds sterling] ISBN 18197 400 0 Throwing Fire Projectile Technology Through History Alfred W. Crosby Cambridge University Press 199pp 20 [pounds sterling] ISBN 0 521 79158 8 HISTORIANS...
The Gregorian Calendar Adopted in England: September 2nd, 1752. (Months Past).(Brief Article)
IN 1750 ENGLAND and her empire, including the American colonies, still adhered to the old Julian calendar, which was now eleven days ahead of the Gregorian calendar, introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII and in use in most of Europe. Attempts...
The Kamikaze Mindset. (Frontline)
TO DIE VOLUNTARILY IN THE PRIME of life is unnatural. The very thought of death is unbearable for any person who is sound of mind. Given that Japan's Kamikaze pilots were sound of mind, why then did these young pilots, perhaps as many as 7,000,...
The Long Farewell: Russell Chamberlin Observes as Menorca Celebrates the Bicentennial of Treaty of Amiens.(Column)
`THE ENGLISH HAVE GONE--but left their weather behind', a Menorcan remarked ruefully, surveying a bleak, treeless promontory from the ramparts of fort Isabel II. A howling gale brought heavy rain cascading down on the celebrations on May 11th that...
The Schlieffen Plan-Fantasy or Catastrophe? Terence Zuber Argues That the German Army's Rigid Plan for a Quick Victory in France in 1914 Was a Postwar fabrication.(Column)
THE HISTORY OF GERMAN war planning prior to the First World War has been dominated by the so-called `Schlieffen Plan', commonly said to have been developed in a study written in early 1906 by the recently retired Chief of the German General Staff,...
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