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All About History

All About History No. 74

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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So much of the ancient world is buried by myth, legend and partisan accounts of events, but that’s what makes picking through the pieces so interesting sometimes. Take Sparta, for example, a city state that is vastly misunderstood, in part because what we know about it we get largely from its adversaries, but also because so much of its history became a part of Greece’s epic backstory. From Leonidas I’s 300 who were really a couple of thousand to depictions of Sparta as an empire builder when it would seem expansion was low on its pecking order, there’s much to break down. So, it was great to have longtime contributor Murray Dahm take a look at the rise of Sparta, to give us an insight into how this highly militarised state…

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editor’s picks

The Real Sparta It was fantastic to speak with ancient-world expert Philip Matyszak this issue, breaking down some of the misconceptions around Sparta and Athens Mona Lisa Jack Parsons, formerly of this parish, takes us through the incredible tale of the theft that helped to make Leonardo da Vinci’s painting a household name The Sultanate Of Women Ottoman expert and author Jem Duducu walks us through the incredible period when the harem of the Ottoman empire held as much power as the sultans themselves…

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defining moments

LIP READING George HW Bush accepts his party’s nomination for President of the United States of America at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans. It was the event at which he delivered possibly his most famous and long-lasting soundbite, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Unfortunately a recession early in is presidency meant that it didn’t prove to be a long-lasting promise and he would go on to serve only a single term in office. 1988 ROOFTOP ROCK Famously, The Beatles had stopped touring after their performance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966, but on 30 January 1969, during the recording process for Let It Be, they clambered to the roof of the Apple Corps building on Savile Row and played a surprise 42-minute set. While it was not…

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the western frontier

1803 THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE The United States buys 828,000 square miles of land from France This DOUBLES the country’s size 15 STATES will be created out of this territory A year later Thomas Jefferson commissioned the now-famous Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the new land 1830 INDIAN REMOVAL ACT When Americans started moving west, Native Americans were already there. As a result, the government decreed that the tribes could roam the Great Plains freely and a permanent Indian frontier was established, forcing the movement of many people. 1843 THE GREAT MIGRATION The event that arguably made the Oregon Trail famous saw about 1,000 people in 120 wagons spend five months trekking west in search of new lives on the frontier. 1844 JAMES K POLK Polk’s presidency saw the United States expand as he came to a compromise with England, setting the 49th parallel…

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a frontier township

As the American frontier moved west across deserts and mountain ranges, huge numbers of economic migrants began to occupy the lands once dominated by the Native Americans. They lived in self-built log cabins and worked in mines, farms and ranches but, within a short space of time, towns began to form as entrepreneurs sought to cater for the pioneers’ ever-expanding needs. Aided by the expansion of the railroads, most of the shops, saloons and service providers primarily catered for nearby farming communities. They not only allowed vital provisions such as general groceries, clothes and medicines to be bought and sold, they provided a marketplace for local produce. These towns became important social meeting places. Many frontier towns also traded with people passing through, springing up along numerous well-travelled routes. They tended to…

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a gold prospector

SHIRTS AND UNDERSHIRTS The clothes wore by miners depended on where they had come from but they were always durable and practical. Americans wore woollen Henley-style shirts as undergarments covered by a coloured or patterned loose-fitting shirt typically made of linen, cotton, wool or flannel, with two or three buttons at the neck. They’d also wear a hat to protect their head from the sun as well as a neckerchief. SLUICING IT OPEN Within a short timeframe, miners sought less labour-intensive methods of extracting gold. Sluice boxes would separate gold from gravel using running water: the gold would be slowed and become trapped by obstructions called riffles. In doing so, they’d process 200 times the amount of gold than panning. Prospectors would also use rocker boxes – a high-sided box placed on rockers…