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Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editor David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager Constance Watson Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classif ed Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 1 Kathr yn Hughes victorians 6 Norma Clarke

Hardy Women: Mothers, Sisters, Wives, Muses Paula Byrne 7 Rosemary Ashton

Rites of Passage: Death and Mourning in Victorian Britain Judith Flanders the state we’re in 9 Richard V Reeves

Equality: T e History of an Elusive Idea Darrin M McMahon 11 Jonathan Wolf

In the Long Run: T e Future as a Political Idea Jonathan White 12 Justin Mundy

Not the End of the World: How We Can Be the First Generation to Build a Sustainable Planet Hannah Ritchie history 14 Michael Taylor

T e Reckoning: From the Second Slavery to Abolition 1776–1888 Robin Blackburn • Survivors: T e Lost Stories of the Last Captives of the Atlantic Slave Trade Hannah Durkin 15 Rana Mitter

T e Price of Collapse: T e Little Ice Age and the Fall of Ming China Timothy Brook 16 Donald Rayf eld

A Nasty Little War: T e West ’s Fight to Reverse the Russian Revolution Anna Reid 18 Daniel Rey

How the Spanish Empire Was Built: A 400-Year History Felipe Fernández-Armesto & Manuel Lucena Giraldo 19 Tim Smith-Laing

Forbidden Desire in Early Modern Europe: Male–Male Sexual Relations, 1400–1750 Noel Malcolm 20 Piers Brendon

Little Englanders: Britain in the Edwardian Era Alwyn Turner 22 Caroline Moorehead

I Seek a Kind Person: My Father, Seven Children and the Adverts that Helped T em Escape the Holocaust Julian Borger • Cold Crematorium: Reporting f rom the Land of Auschwitz József Debreczeni

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