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All About History

All About History No. 83

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
Future Publishing Ltd
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The tale of Joan of Arc is one that has reverberated through the ages, retold and reimagined with each generation. But it is so often a tale, not a history. Her story is so compelling, so rich with religious belief, heroism and betrayal it’s easy to see why the reality of her life might be lost in the face of such compelling drama. The details become obscured by the wonder and horror that quite naturally draw the eye. Even so, we wanted to cut through the legend and look at how it was that a young French peasant woman was able to convince a nation she was the one to lead them to victory (and find some success). To that end we welcome historian Pamela Toler to examine the story and…

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editor’s picks

Helen Castor Interview We spoke with the esteemed author about her research into the life of Joan of Arc and what she learned, as the new Folio edition of her celebrated book launches Roman Legacy Kate Marsh takes a look at the Roman inventions and innovations that we still enjoy to this day to see what the Romans are still doing for us so many years later The Real Mr Hyde Catherine Curzon brings us a horror story from history as we uncover the life of Major Thomas Weir, an inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous villain…

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defining moments

KING OF THE MONSTERS Japanese monster movie Gojira (Godzilla) made its premiere in Nagoya, Japan, on 27 October 1954. The movie was inspired by an American monster movie called The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms released the previous summer, along with the Daigo Fukuryū Maru incident that saw a fishing boat contaminated by nuclear fallout from the Bikini Atoll weapon tests of March 1954. The film proved to be a massive success. 1954 THE GREAT CRASH Starting on 24 October with Black Thursday and running on to 29 October with Black Tuesday, the Wall Street Crash of 1929 was a catastrophic financial event that precipitated the Great Depression that would last for around 10 years, affecting all the industrialised powers of the day. The crash marked the final straw in a year of warning…

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the wall’s lifespan

1945 A NATION DIVIDED 8 MAY 1945 In accordance with the London Protocols agreed upon by the Allied powers the previous year, Germany and Berlin are each divided into four blocs, each to be overseen by one of the Allied forces. INTERZONENPASS 29 OCTOBER 1946 A new pass, valid for 30 days only, is introduced called the Interzonenpass that allows movement between East and West Berlin. It’s the first sign that movement between sectors will be challenging. 1948 CURRENCY WAR 23 JUNE 1948 The Western Allies introduce a new currency to West Germany and West Berlin, the Deutsche Mark. The new money quickly outvalues the Mark in East Berlin creating a stark contrast in buying power between citizens of the city. The Berlin Airlift 25 JUNE 1948 In response to growing tensions between the USSR and Western Allies, all land and water routes…

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the berlin wall

Shot on sight Defectors attempted to get from East to West just two days after construction began, starting with East German border guard Hans Schumann, but as many as 136 were killed by border guards. The Stasi was found to have told guards they must “stop and liquidate” anyone trying to cross. “Do not hesitate to use your firearm even when the border is breached in the company of women and children,” an order in 1973 said. Czech hedgehogs Thousands of anti-tank obstacles called Czech hedgehogs, which were commonly used during World War II, were used to line sections of the Berlin Wall. They helped to protect entrance points of East Berlin from Western advances while also posing yet another perilous challenge for anyone heading the other way. Lots of graffiti As if to highlight…

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SOVIET ISSUE Given the direct influence of the Soviet Union on East Germany it should come as no surprise that the equipment of the Grenztruppen was largely of Russian design, although it was made in East Germany. The standard issue assault rifle, for instance, was a MPiKM based on, but distinct from the famous Kalashnikov of the USSR. STANDING ORDER The Wall was built to prevent migration to the Federal Republic of Germany, known as Republikflucht and to enforce this, troops had a standing shoot order called Schießbefehl, authorising the use of lethal force to stop people escaping to West Germany. At least 140 people were killed as a result and after the fall of the Wall, many Grenztruppen were convicted of manslaughter for their role in deaths at the Wall. CAREFULLY CHOSEN Given the…