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BBC History Magazine

BBC History Magazine

November 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
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English
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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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Monthly
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welcome

“It is one of the most celebrated tales of ancient history. A vast “Persian army is pitted against 300 Spartan warriors guarding a narrow pass, which they defend with every last drop of blood - inspiring their fellow Greeks to ultimate victory. Thanks in particular to the film 300, few today can be unaware of the legend of Thermopylae, but how far does it accord to the reality? As the world marks the 2,500th anniversary of the battle, Andrew Bayliss looks afresh at Sparta’s finest hour in our cover feature on page 20. Myths of a very different kind are the focus of this month’s Think Piece, from Richard J Evans. His new book explores the conspiracy theories that swirl around the Third Reich, and in his article he highlights some…

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this issue’s contributors

Richard J Evans Since I wrote a trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany a couple of decades ago, I’ve noticed more and more conspiracy theories about Hitler and the Nazis have come into circulation, so I thought I’d investigate some of them in depth. Richard probes influential Nazi conspiracy theories on page 59 Angelina Osborne The most appealing thing about researching black Britons in history is bringing to light the lives of individuals who disrupt the narrative as it has been presented to us for many years. Angelina chronicles the lives of seven trailblazing black people who shaped British history on page 66 Neil Oliver As William Faulkner said, the past is never dead. It’s still alive. Even the distant past is still very much alive. I have found opening my mind up to the ways…

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this month in history

EYE-OPENER Grim revelations The mummified remains of three animals sacrificed as offerings to the souls of the dead in ancient Egypt have been unwrapped and dissected - without physically removing their bandages. The snake, cat and bird, all of which are at least 2,000 years old, were examined using specialist scanners by a team from Swansea University and Leicester University. The resulting 3D images (one of which is shown above) have 100 times the resolution of a medical scan, and reveal new details of the animals’ deaths. The cat - or, more accurately, kitten - appears to have been strangled, while the snake also met a brutal end: its kidneys had hardened before death, suggesting dehydration, and bone fractures indicate it was killed with a whipping action. Both cases suggest the animals were…

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talking points musical statues

The reverberations of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement continue and, as the British Museum reopened its doors in August, it revealed that it had done a bit of rearranging. A statue of its founder, Hans Sloane, had been moved - or, as some sections of the press put it, “removed”. John Wilson (@JohnWilson14) was one of many to clarify this point. As he put it: “It’s been taken off [its] pedestal and put into a cabinet surrounded by artefacts that explore his wealth and collecting in context of the human exploitation which enabled it. Modern enlightenment at the British Museum.” Save Our Statues (@_SaveOurStatues) did not accept the distinction nor support the action taken: “British Museum removes bust of its founder from its pedestal and labels him a slave owner. Such…

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coronavirus impact hits history sector

The economic effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt around the UK, with several major historical and heritage organisations reporting changes in the way they carry out their day-to-day operations. One of the most significant shifts is being considered by the National Trust, which expects to suffer a loss of up to £200m as a result of the outbreak. As well as redundancy measures affecting about 10 per cent of its staff, proposals listed on a leaked briefing document include holding fewer exhibitions and decreasing its focus on historic homes. In response to criticism from some in the heritage sector, the Trust’s director general, Hilary McGrady, argued that she was “in charge of making sure the organisation survives”. Another institution facing an uncertain future is Bletchley Park, the Buckinghamshire…