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BBC History Magazine

August 2021

BBC History Magazine aims to shed new light on the past to help you make more sense of the world today. Fascinating stories from contributors are the leading experts in their fields, so whether they're exploring Ancient Egypt, Tudor England or the Second World War, you'll be reading the latest, most thought-provoking historical research. BBC History Magazine brings history to life with informative, lively and entertaining features written by the world's leading historians and journalists and is a captivating read for anyone who's interested in the past.

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“In October 1964 the athlete Yoshinori Sakai lit the flame at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. He had been born just over 19 years earlier, on the same day that the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This was no coincidence. Sakai was chosen for the role to symbolise Japan’s journey from the dark days of the war to its triumphant reconstruction as a modern, technological and welcoming nation – a thread that ran throughout the Games. As the second Tokyo Olympics is about to begin, Christopher Harding revisits the 1964 Games, showing how it reshaped the country’s reputation at home and abroad. You’ll find his piece on page 50. Reshaping reputations is also the theme of this month’s cover feature, where Ronald Hutton is taking a fresh…

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this issue’s contributors

Ronald Hutton “I discuss in my current book the rise of Oliver Cromwell, which shows him to be as impressively gifted as was always thought, but also much more ruthless, duplicitous and ambitious.” Ronald explores the dark side of the Civil War victor on page 43 Elinor Cleghorn “When I became an unwell woman I began to mine the annals of medicine for answers, and found an infuriating and fascinating history of myths, beliefs and assumptions about women’s bodies, minds and lives.” Elinor traces the misogyny that has infused medicine since the ancient Greeks on page 60 Christopher Harding “Across their long history the people of Japan have shown a tremendous talent for reinvention – drawing on the past to create something new. The 1964 Tokyo Olympics was a vivid example of that.” Christopher considers…

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this month in history

EYE-OPENER Stolen treasures These rosary beads, pictured with a bible that also belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots, were carried by the queen to her execution in 1587 – and are among the artefacts that were taken in a raid on Arundel Castle in Sussex in May. The objects also include cups given to Mary for her coronation in 1543. A spokeperson said: “The stolen items have significant monetary value but, as unique artefacts of the Duke of Norfolk’s collection, have immeasurably greater and priceless historical importance.” Have a story? Please email Matt Elton at matt.elton@immediate.co.uk…

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talking points set in stone?

Citing financial and logistical concerns, the University of Oxford’s Oriel College announced in May that it is reversing its earlier decision to remove a statue of controversial 19th-century alumnus Cecil Rhodes, which will instead stay in place alongside material contextualising his legacy. Conservative MP and historian Chris Skidmore (@CSkidmoreUK) was among those who tweeted in support of Oriel’s volte-face, writing: “Good. Rhodes must stay. Retain and explain. Make Rhodes part of an enhanced curriculum on the reality of empire. But don’t pretend the statue never existed. The responsibility of the present is to preserve our past for the future.” Peter Mandler (@PeterMandler1) swiftly rejected such an interpretation. “Most people who want to take such statues down don’t want to ‘pretend they never existed’ but, to the contrary, to re-present them not…