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BBC History Magazine December 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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en este número

1 min.
welcome

It seems barely a week goes by these days without a new Viking discovery being announced. And the more we learn about these people, the deeper our understanding grows about their world and their behaviour – although, of course, scholarly disagreements remain. In this month’s cover feature, on page 50, Neil Price draws on the latest thinking to examine the Viking psyche, exploring everything from gender identities to magic and warfare. Another theme we’re covering in depth this month is medieval monarchy. On page 37 you’ll find a conversation between Dan Jones and Charles Spencer about the White Ship disaster, which famously left Henry I without a legitimate male heir. The result was almost two decades of the Anarchy, which saw Henry’s daughter, Matilda, battling her cousin Stephen for the throne.…

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this issue’s contributors

Laurence Rees I’ve spent the last 30 years making TV documentaries and writing books about the Third Reich, Stalinism and the Second World War, and I’m intrigued by the similarities and differences between Hitler and Stalin. Laurence explores the tyrants’ twisted dreams about utopia on page 22 Corinne Fowler Country houses are central to the image of Britain’s rural idyll, yet I’ve long wanted to draw greater attention to their links to the British empire. That’s why I’m heading the national education and public history project Colonial Countryside. Corinne reveals the web of colonial connections linked to stately homes on page 44 Ian Mortimer Until writing The Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain, I had never properly understood the depth of misery of the working classes during the industrial revolution – or how great the contrast was…

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this month in history

EYE-OPENER Heading home This ancient limestone plaque, crafted in Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC, is set to be returned to Iraq after having been smuggled out of the country and offered for sale in Britain. Dating from around 2400 BC, the plaque originates from a Sumerian temple and depicts a figure with a ceremonial goblet in its raised right hand. Because it’s one of only about 50 known examples of its kind, its scarcity made it an ideal target for illicit trade. The plaque was intended to be put up for online auction in May 2019, but it was instead seized by the arts and antiques unit of the Metropolitan Police, which has been working with experts from the British Museum to return it to its place of origin. Have a story? Please…

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talking points write here, write now

Public historian Greg Jenner (@greg_jenner) challenged Twitter with a really interesting question that he had been asked by a friend: “Were any popular histories of major wars and/or catastrophes written while the war [or] catastrophe was still ongoing and the outcome unknown?” It was a thought-provoking question, and one that produced a rich variety of responses. Dr Sara Barker (@DrSKBarker) was quick off the blocks, saying: “Several histories of the [16th-century] French Wars of Religion were composed as they were still ongoing – but those wars were so fragmented, no one quite knew how or when they might end.” Dr Rachel Gibbons (@rachel_gibbons) suggested “Jean Froissart’s chronicle of the 14th-century phases of the Hundred Years’ War,” while Graeme Millen (@Weegie_Graeme) noted, interestingly, that “Colonel Robert [Monro’s] memoir of a Scottish Regiment…

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clive emsley (1944–2020)

Historian Clive Emsley, who explored the history of crime and policing across a long career, has died at the age of 76. Emsley completed a degree at the University of York and undertook research at the University of Cambridge, before joining the newly founded Open University as a lecturer in 1970. He also held the position of visiting professor at institutions in Australia, France, Canada and New Zealand, and in 1995 he was elected president of the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice, a role he held until his death. Broadening access to historical material was a recurring theme throughout Emsley’s career. He played a key role in developing and cataloguing the Open University’s extensive archive chronicling the history of policing in the UK. He was also co-director…