The Historian 159: Branches

The magazine of the Historical Association

Published: 29th November 2023


4 Letters

5 Editorial (Read article - open access)

6 ‘A little bird told me’: spies and espionage in the early medieval world – Jenny Benham (Read article)

12 Crowdsourcing the heritage of the Second World War – Stuart Lee, Ylva Berglund Prytz and Matthew Kidd (Read article)

18 Bonapartism after Napoleon III: the Prince Imperial and Eugene Loudun – Ian Sygrave (Read article)

22 In conversation with Nicholas Radburn – James Sewry (Read article)

29 Spirit of Normandy Trust Prize: The Legacy of the Z Special Unit in World War II – Ayan Sinha (Read article)

34 What do you do if your members don’t come to your events? A new initiative from Cambridge branch – Sean Lang (Read article)

38 Forbidden friendships: taverns, nightclubs, bottle bars and emancipation – Ben Jerrit (Read article)

44 Reviews

46 Real Lives: Tuke’s top model: the story of Charlie Mitchell 1884–1957 – James C. Pearce (Read article)

52 Membership Extra: Robert Branford: a faithful servant of Southwark – Stephen Bourne (Read article)

56 Membership Extra: The United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide – Paula Kitching (Read article)

60 My Favourite History Place: The Holburne Museum – Jane A. Mills (Read article)

64 Out and About: Local landmarks, global stories: exploring Lancaster’s ‘glocal’ history online and on foot – Sunita Abraham and Christopher Donaldson (Read article)

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