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BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine June 2020

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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United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
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1 min.
welcome

It was 20 years ago this month that the first edition of BBC History Magazine hit the shelves. “In a complex world, people are interested more than ever in their history – the forces that have shaped us, the stories that bring people to life,” wrote Greg Neale in his first editor’s letter. And while much has changed since then, this sentiment surely remains true today. If anything, we are now living through one of the most complex times of all, with the continued fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. We’re now producing the magazine entirely from our homes, and I know many of you will be making similar, or indeed more drastic, adjustments. I hope that you are all faring well and that history is shedding some light on, or providing…

1 min.
this issue’s contributors

Hilary Mantel I seem to have spent years at my desk combing through both national and local records, not in pursuit of a particular fact or theme but just trying to absorb the era through my pores, make myself fluent and enlarge my range of references. Hilary talks about the writing of her Wolf Hall novels on page 53 Suleiman A Mourad The more I studied the crusades, the more I came upon stories of Muslim and crusader alliances and exchanges, leading me to question our modern fixation on the period as a clash of civilisations. Suleiman argues that Muslim-crusader relations were defined by collaboration as well as violence on page 62 Emma Griffin Victorian autobiographies offer a new perspective on the statistics and numbers that make up big economic trends. They shed light on how individual…

1 min.
trading patterns

A new study of intricately decorated ostrich eggs found in Italy suggests that the ancient world was more interconnected than previously thought. By comparing chemical analysis of the shells with 21st-century examples, researchers were able to trace their origins – revealing that the artefacts could have been traded across the Mediterranean, north Africa and the Middle East during the Bronze and Iron Ages. Archaeologists from the universities of Durham and Bristol also attempted to replicate the methods used to produce decorative patterns (such as those seen below), but were unable to do so. Have a story? Please email Matt Elton at matt.elton@immediate.co.uk THE UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL-THE TRUSTEES OF THE BRITISH MUSEUM…

2 min.
quarantine quarrels

Along with much of the rest of the world, historians have been in lock-down – but, unlike most other people, their parlour games have tended to revolve around the past. Ray Ball (@ProfessorBall)’s starter for 10, “which historical figure from your research would be absolutely insufferable to be quarantined with?”, generated a huge range of replies and all kinds of characters – some well known, others less so. For Dr Andrew Robinson (@Andrew R_Physics), it was an easy pick: “Sir Isaac Newton. Anyway, he would be much too busy being super-productive and devising his Theory of Gravity.” Peter Furtado (@peterhistoryfm) thought that American poet, philosopher and abolitionist Henry David Thoreau would be insufferable: “He’d be desperate to be socially distanced, and would go on and on about how society (comprising a…

1 min.
ice captures effects of medieval murder

The 1170 murder of Thomas Becket and samples of lead pollution found in ice in the Swiss-Italian Alps may seem, at first glance, unconnected. Yet a study of a 72-metre core taken from an alpine glacier suggests that the consequences of the archbishop’s death did indeed ripple throughout Europe’s climate. The research, by experts at Harvard, Nottingham and Maine universities, used lasers to analyse 800-year-old ice samples for traces of pollutants. Bubbles, trapped as the ice grew each year, revealed that a huge spike in the amount of lead in the air was captured in the 12th century – which atmospheric modelling showed was carried from mines in the north-west of England. The link to Becket comes because Henry feared excommunication by the pope following the archbishop’s death. The king attempted to…

3 min.
history in the news

Lockdown aids rain research A project to fill in gaps in Britain’s historical weather data has been completed thanks to thousands of volunteers stuck at home as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. The Rainfall Rescue campaign called on the volunteers – many of whom suddenly had a lot more time on their hands – to digitise data previously only available as scans of original paper records. As a result, 5.25 million measurements of precipitation recorded in rainfall gauges around the UK between 1677 and 1960 have now been collated digitally. Brutal conditions at Nazis’ Alderney camp revealed An archaeological survey of the former site of a Nazi camp on Alderney, in the Channel Islands, has confirmed eyewit- ness testimony of its harsh environment. Lager Sylt was built as a forced labour camp in…