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All About History

All About History

No. 88

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
welcome

It doesn’t necessarily take much digging into historical figures to find a side to them that by modern sensibilities or standards we would find abhorrent and objectionable. When we consider someone like Alexander the Great there is no shortage of examples we can pick from to illustrate that point. His legacy is clouded by the way in which his life and actions have been recorded by successive civilisations. This is further complicated by the fact that Alexander personally fed into the creation of his own persona. He cultivated his own celebrity in fascinating ways, but was this merely to aggrandise himself or did it also serve the purpose of disguising his less palatable actions and traits? This issue we wanted to dig a little into this question and unmask the real…

1 min.
defining moments

31 March 1990 THE SECOND BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR Protestors marched on Trafalgar Square in London in opposition to the introduction of the Poll Tax, a levy that was seen by many as shifting the primary burden of tax from the rich to the poor. Slowly, large scale rioting began, with numerous scuffles breaking out between the police and protesters, and the trouble continued until 3am. In 1992 the Council Tax would replace the Poll Tax. 13 March 1920 KAPP PUTSCH One of a number of coups that attempted to overthrow Germany’s Weimar government, the Kapp Putsch was launched in Berlin in retaliation to the dissolution of the Freikorps (military volunteer units). It takes its name from right-wing journalist and civil servant, Wolfgang Kapp, who helped plan the putsch. While the government in Berlin fled, a…

4 min.
history of jazz

1911 Alexander’s Ragtime Band 1911 Irving Berlin publishes Alexander’s Ragtime Band. The piece is a huge hit in the US and UK, but is scorned by some ragtime purists. The following year, the show Hullo, Ragtime! premieres. Ragtime becomes a powerful musical force, a key genre in the development of jazz. Introducing the Hot Five 1925 Twenty-four-year-old jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong forms the Hot Five, recording 24 records over a 12-month period. During this time Armstrong develops his own personal jazz style. He will later become one of the genre’s key jazz trumpeters. Did you know? Armstrong toured Africa, Asia and Europe with the backing of the US State Department THE COTTON CLUB 1927 The relatively unknown Duke Ellington is offered a spot at popular nightclub the Cotton Club in New York. With weekly radio broadcasts, Ellington…

4 min.
swing street

Yacht Club Famous for hosting Fats Waller and his Rhythm, this venue was also named in his signature tune Yacht Club Swing. He also made several important broadcasts from this venue, the first in 1938. The second club in this area to use the name, its predecessor had been less jazz-orientated and is remembered primarily as the main venue for Francis Faye. Club Samoa Samoa would later become a well-known strip club (as did many of the other venues on this street). However jazz would still be played alongside a variety of burlesque routines. In some ways this is symptomatic of a change that was occurring throughout the street, where a number of bars and clubs began including more ‘adult’ entertainment into the evening lineup. Famous Door Opening in 1935, initial backers included Glenn Miller,…

2 min.
the anatomy of a flapper

MAKEUP Advances in cosmetics combined with a desire for bold looks lead to flappers wearing a lot more makeup, and more colourful makeup, than had previously been the case. With compact mirrors and metal containers for lipstick, being able to reapply makeup on the move was also easier. This made more elaborate looks popular because they could be easily fixed or reapplied throughout the day. JEWELLERY Inspired by more minimalist artistic trends, the jewellery of the 1920s moved towards designs that were more art deco and simplistic. A great example of this are the iconic long bead necklaces typical of the classic flapper look. These had the added benefit of moving around a lot when the flapper was dancing, a popular feature of their clothing too. SHORT SKIRTS Throughout the 1920s the hemline of the…

5 min.
legends of jazz

MARY LOU WILLIAMS 8 MAY 1910 - 28 MAY 1981 Born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs, Williams learned early the power music could have on people. Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, in the 1910s, she managed to placate white neighbours who had been harassing her family by playing piano in their homes. It was only after she broke her arm and her neighbours came to ask why she wasn’t visiting anymore that her mother realised what she’d been doing. By 15 she was a full-time musician and in her 30s she was mentoring future jazz pioneers like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. ROLL MORTON 20 OCTOBER 1890 - 10 JULY 1941 If you’re digging through the history of jazz looking for individuals who helped to shape the burgeoning genre in its earliest years, then the…