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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2024

FEATURES

EVERY MONTH

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20 Seven Wonders From the Great Pyramid to the Hanging Gardens, Bettany Hughes reveals what drove the ancients to construct the Seven Wonders of the World

30 Victorian canal crimewave Susan Law reveals why Britain’s waterways were once the settings for alcohol-fuelled acts of violence

35 Medieval breastfeeding Hannah Skoda reveals what social attitudes to the nursing of newborns tell us about life in the Middle Ages

40 Five things you (probably) didn’t know about… the Regency Lizzie Rogers serves up five fascinating facts about Britain in the age of Walter Scott and Jane Austen

42 The bumper history quiz Test your historical knowledge in our epic quiz, marking BBC History Magazine’s 300th issue

64 Squirrel wars Peter Coates reveals why the grey squirrel became the small, furry animal that Britons loved to hate

6 Anniversaries

The Conversation

11 How will history remember

Henry Kissinger? 15 Michael Wood on the rise of Britain’s universities 16 Hidden Histories

18 Letters

Books

70 Interview: Christopher Harding on the west’s enduring fascination with eastern philosophies 74 New history books reviewed

Encounters

7 8 Diary: Things to se e and do this month 86 Historic Cities: Yo r k

88 Prize crossword

90 My h i s t o r y he r o George C Wolfe on civil rights activist Bayard Rustin

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