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All About History

All About History No. 78

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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Future Publishing Ltd
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I often think you can learn a great deal about the humility of a civilisation through its religious understandings of death. Facing the end is naturally humbling, of course, so how a society chooses to approach that and the story it tells itself about what it all means can be very revealing about the culture as a whole. With that in mind, the concept of the underworld in ancient Egypt is one of the most enticing you could wish to uncover. This issue we welcome Dr Charlotte Booth to the magazine to give us her expert insight into the Egyptian concept of death and their rites of passage into the afterlife. You can learn all about the Book of the Dead, the ancient magic incantations that were used and about the…

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defining moments

OUT OF EXILE Yasser Arafat returned to Gaza after ten years based in Tunisia after he had made commitments to a peace process with Israel. Summits in Madrid in 1991 and the Oslo Accords in 1993 to end conflict with the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) and Israeli government had opened the door to his returning to Gaza and taking leadership of the Palestinian National Authority. He would, however, remain a divisive figure. 1994 NIXON IN USSR In the third summit between the two leaders and the second to be held in the USSR, Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev met in Moscow and would go on to sign the Threshold Test Ban Treaty, prohibiting the testing of nuclear weapons with a yield of over 150 kilotons. This would effectively stop the testing of the…

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rise of fascism

1915 MUSSOLINI MOVES AWAY FROM SOCIALISM 1915 Drafted into the Italian army, socialist journalist Benito Mussolini supports the war, breaking with socialist politics to form the Partito Fascista Rivoluzionario (PFR). THE FASCIST MANIFESTO EMERGES 1919 Mussolini founds the Fasci di Combattimento, or Fascist Party. The Manifesto of the Italian Fasci of Combat advocates Italian nationalism. Rise of the Nazis 1920 The National Socialist German Workers’ Party is founded in 1920 by Anton Drexler. It adopts a black swastika as the main component of the party’s flag and seeks nationalist expansionism as its goal. Anti-Semitic and anti-Marxist, it believes in a Volksgemeinschaft – a “people’s community” of Aryan supremacy. March on Rome 1921-1922 Fascists in Italy gain the support of disgruntled unemployed war veterans who continue joining the party’s paramilitary wing, known as Blackshirts. They intimidate socialists, occupy cities…

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new reich chancellery

Green space Outside the New Reich Chancellery, connecting to its older counterpart, was the Reich Chancellery Garden. The perfect place for a stroll, you could re-enter the New Reich Chancellery through an impressive portal that was flanked by two bronze horse statues. These statues were found again by German police in 2015 as part of an investigation into illegal art trafficking. A grand entrance With four huge columns, it was impossible to miss the entrance to the New Reich Chancellery. Above the portal was the Nazi eagle, spreading its wings wide as it held the swastika in its talons, a symbol of the power wielded by the regime. Belly of the beast The Reich Chancellery is arguably best known for the Fuhrerbunker that lurked underneath, which was built in 1943. In this labyrinth of small…

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mussolini’s march on rome

1 In the midst of a political and constitutional crisis in which Italy is run by a weak and quarrelsome coalition government, the newly formed National Fascist Party led by Benito Mussolini holds a Fascist Congress in Naples on 23 October 1922. Fascist supporters have already taken control of the Po Valley and many towns in Northern Italy. 2 In front of an estimated 60,000 supporters, Mussolini lays out his plans for the Fascist Party to ascend to power by constitutional means through an election, but with a threat of violent action should that not come to pass. He ends by saying, “Either we will be given the government or else we must take it by marching on Rome.” 3 An ultimatum is made by the Fascist Party to King Victor Emmanuel…

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fascist propagandists

CORNELIS VAN GEELKERKEN DUTCH 1901-1976 A co-founder of the Dutch National Socialist Movement, van Geelkerken created the party in the image of the German National Socialists, pretty much just translating their ideology into his native language. He was more hands-on than his leader, Anton Mussert, constantly encouraging the members. In 1934 he founded the youth division and relished his role in educating the young. From 1936 to 1940, he finally became head of the party’s propaganda. ERNEST BLYTHE IRISH 1889-1975 Twentieth century Ireland was a place of turmoil, and so fascism on the island is often overlooked. Ernest Blythe, who managed to be a member of both the Orange Order and the Republican movement at the same time, became a leading member of the Blueshirts, Ireland’s fascist movement. In the 1940s, Blythe then threw his…