Volume 31 Issue 5 May 1981

'Australia is a nation of immigrants' In the belief that manifestations of the unconscious can no longer be exempt from the attentions of the historian, John Rickard argues that psychohistory can illuminate this vital theme of Australian history.

Christopher Fyfe looks at how, in 1975 the Cape Verde Island gained their independence from the Portuguese after five hundred years of colonial administration that left them one of the poorest states in the world.

Maggie Black looks at the long tradition of giving food as alms.

'The entire world is trifling and futile' wrote Ibn Khaldun, the medieval Muslim to whom history taught the fragility of political power and the recurrent cycle of achievement and decline within the social order.

During the 18th and 19th centuries the rights of villagers to take dead wood for fuel came under attack in England as local landowners used new statute laws to redefine such activities as criminal. R.W. Bushaway reflects on how, at Great Wishford in Wiltshire, a successful defence of custom was made, which continues to be reaffirmed each year on Ma

Mysterious, exotic, colourful.... this was the view of their colonies that the 1900 Paris Fair presented to the French. William Schneider argues that this image was to persist and hamper an understanding of colonial development.

J.F. Ade Ajayi reports on the launch on the first volumes of this major new work on international scholarly collaboration on the history of Continent.

'A kind of apotheosis of terracotta', the Natural History Museum has been open for a hundred years as a scientific institution to serve the huge lay audience who are knowledgeable about nature and eager to learn more. Robert Thorne reflects on how, in its centenary year, the museum's architectural perfection is under threat.

Thomas Gretton presents a special review of the impact of the 19th century French satirical artist.

Antonia Fraser looks at the life of the Catholic reformer and missionary, who believed passionately in women's education. Her life was recorded in a remarkable series of paintings, recounting her career and now on show in the convent in Augsburg.

Alfred Stepan argues that the romantic acclaim of Fidel Castro as a revolutionary guerrilla leader disregards the practical achievements and structural changes he has brought to Cuba and distorts his world-view of revolution.

R.V. Wells provides historical context for a famous Renaissance battle scene.