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All About History No. 67

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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What makes a great ruler? This is a conundrum that has taxed intellectual heavyweights from Plato to Machiavelli, Shakespeare to George RR Martin. Nonetheless, this is effectively the question we put to you two months ago, when we asked the public to crown the ultimate monarch in our online poll. Your answers surprised our entire team!We did give you some guidelines: we limited it to just European kings and queens from the Middle Ages onwards. We also focused on deceased rulers, so it couldn’t feature anyone currently reigning. This still gave you over a 1,000 years worth of royals to choose from, including mighty conquerors that amassed vast empires, just rulers who governed fairly, and glorious leaders that inspired legends with their daring acts of do. To find out…

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editor’s picks

The Great Game is afoot From code names to covert missions, discover the British Empire’s spy war with Russia in Central Asia Land of milk and honey Go inside the Ancient Egyptians’ obsession with honey, using it in everything from magic to medicine to mummification Viva the Weimar Republic! Was the Nazis’ rise to power guaranteed? Perhaps not, argues one expert on interwar Germany ■…

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defining moments

VOYAGE OF THE DAMNEDVictims of the RMS Lusitania sinking are buried together in a common grave at a cemetery in Cobh, Ireland. The transatlantic liner was torpedoed by a German U-boat during World War I as it sailed into the Irish Sea, heading to Liverpool. 1,198 of its 1,959 passengers drowned – including 129 children. The killing of an unarmed civilian ship, even within a declared war zone, was unprecedented and shocked the world. 1915 (© Library of Congress) REAL-LIFE ROSIEA unidentified woman operates a hand drill on a ‘Vengeance’ dive-bomber at Vultee Aircraft in Tennessee. She was one of millions who joined the wartime workforce after American men shipped out to fight during World War II. The Rosie the Riveter propaganda poster – with its ‘we can do…

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“There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars” Jack Kerouac ■…

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coming to america

There were at least two subsequent Siberian migrations that followed the founding population 25000 BCE THE FIRST AMERICANS During the last ice age, a large group of hunter-gatherers from North East Asia crossed a land bridge on the Bering Strait and arrived in North America for the first time. 15000 BCE DIVIDE AND CONQUER While one group of early Native Americans stayed in Alaska, another moved south along the Pacific Coast, forming settlements in the modern US as well continuing into Central and South America. 1000 VIKING EXPLORATION Norseman Leif Erikson and his crew travelled up and down the eastern coast before wintering in an area they called Vineland. Later Vikings also established permanent settlements,…

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the anatomy of victorian explorer

RIFLED MUSKET ARMED TO THE TEETHA Victorian explorer always came prepared for the worst, so would be fully armed. Henry Stanley packed a shotgun, two carbines, four rifles, eight pistols, 24 flintlock muskets, two swords, two daggers, two axes, 24 hatchets, and 24 long knives. His favourite was Model 1866 Winchester – a .44 rimfire lever-action repeating musket. He said it was great as a defence “against African banditti”. LEATHER WAIST BELT TRAVELLING LIGHTA gentleman explorer might wear a utility belt or light satchel to carry a few essential items . However, he would leave the heavy lifting to his porters. While exploring Central Africa, Stanley employed 157 men to carry two years’ worth of supplies, including food, weapons, medicine, books, his canvas tent and more. …