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BBC History Magazine August 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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1 min.
welcome

“There’s a joke doing the rounds on social media that historians of the future will have to be sorted into which part of 2020 they specialise in. Certainly, we seem to be living in extraordinary times, with a devastating pandemic now overlapping with the Black Lives Matter protests across the globe. In the latter instance, history is very much part of the story, with protestors highlighting centuries of racial inequity, and fervent debates taking place about the future of statues of those involved in slavery and other imperial misdeeds. For us the global quickly became local, as the statue of Edward Colston that was toppled a few weeks ago stood right outside our office. While people in Bristol and beyond have expressed strong and conflicting views on its removal, it’s hard…

1 min.
this issue’s contributors

Shushma Malik Nero’s literary afterlife is unlike that of any other emperor. From being vilified as an Antichrist by early Christians to being idolised as a supreme decadent in the 19th century, he has horrified, delighted and electrified audiences for centuries. Shushma reappraises the infamous Roman emperor on page 34 Peter Frankopan As an educator and an academic, I think a large part of my job is getting the next generation to be thinking and asking questions, rather than trying to come up with answers myself. Peter offers his verdict on the state of global history studies on page 29 Hannah-Rose Murray My research rediscovers and amplifies African-American testimony in the British Isles, from performances and speeches to written narratives of their experiences of slavery in the US. Hannah-Rose describes the impact of US abolitionists on Victorian Britain…

1 min.
eye-opener

Bearing only the enigmatic title Portrait of a Woman , this painting’s subject long remained a mystery – but has now been revealed as Mary Boleyn, Anne’s sister. A team of experts analysed the wood on which the image was painted, matching it to that used for a portrait of Lady Herbert, wife of Mary’s great-grandson, which was part of a set that decorated Windsor Castle 300 years ago. Archival research, meanwhile, revealed inscriptions identifying both portraits. Although they were painted at the same time (probably in the 1630s, when Mary was long dead), it’s thought that Mary’s portrait (now part of the Royal Collection) was separated from the rest due to her being painted in 16th-century, rather than 17th-century, dress. Have a story? Please email Matt Elton at matt.elton@immediate.co.uk…

2 min.
polarising figures

Do statues lead to vital debate, or inflame dangerous passions? And who should they commemorate? Those are just some of the issues being debated on social media following the events of June’s Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol. Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson), a great admirer of Winston Churchill – whose statue has been targeted by demonstrators – believes that “statues teach us about our past, with all its faults. To tear them down would be to lie about our history and impoverish the education of generations to come.” Robert Saunders (@redhistorian) argued that “statues inhabit the present, not the past, and are subject to its jurisdiction. Our relationship with the past, and what we choose to honour, can change over time. It is not an offence against history to reflect those changes…

1 min.
justin champion (1960–2020)

The British historian Justin Champion, who was emeritus professor at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL), has died after a long illness. He was 59. Champion studied at Churchill College, University of Cambridge and joined RHUL’s history department in 1992. He was an avid proponent of public history and, while department head from 2005 to 2010, established the UK’s first MA in the subject. He was president of the Historical Association from 2014 to 2017, and a year later was awarded the Medlicott Medal for outstanding services to history. “It was an honour and a pleasure getting to know Justin while he was president of the Historical Association,” said its chief executive officer, Rebecca Sullivan. “He was key in our move to cover more diverse histories, particularly black British histories. He believed…

3 min.
history in the news

Dame Vera Lynn, ‘the forces’ sweetheart’, dies The singer and entertainer Vera Lynn, whose performances became synonymous with the Second World War, has died at the age of 103. Born in East Ham in London in 1917, Lynn began performing at the age of seven, and left school at 11 to embark on a career as a singer and dancer. By 1939, still only 22, she had sold more than a million records – and, after war broke out that year, her shows for British troops in Egypt, Myanmar and India led to them voting her their favourite entertainer. The nickname ‘the forces’ sweetheart’ stuck, and the song ‘We’ll Meet Again’ became both her signature piece and one of the conflict’s most popular anthems. Indeed, its place in British culture has been…