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NOVEMBER 2013

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Features

What drove a group of economic dissenters to throw green bricks at 11 Downing Street? Find out on page 56

20 The Victorian war on terror Shane Kenna looks back at the late 19th century when, in reaction to Irish republican attacks in London, Britain’s rst secret police force was established

27 Nelson: 10 days that created a legend The moments that propelled the admiral to greatness, as selected by Quintin Colville and James Davey

35 A history of Greek theatre in two acts Michael Scott outlines why politics cast a long shadow over tragedies and comedies in h-century BC Athens

40 1914: Why Britain had to go to war Sir Max Hastings argues that, despite the high cost, Britain was right to confront Germany in the First World War

50 The other Elizabethan England What does a new National Portrait Gallery exhibition tell us about Tudor society? Tarnya Cooper investigates

56 The march of the green shirts They railed at bankers, Europe and austerity. David Nash tells the story of the Social Credit Party in the 1930s

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7 HISTORY NOW 7 The latest history news

10 Backgrounder: parliament and war 12 Lessons from history 13 Past notes

14 ANNIVERSARIES 18 LETTERS 47 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 59 BOOKS Experts review new releases, and

Philippa Langley and Michael Jones discuss their book on Richard III

73 TV & RADIO 7 3 The pick of this month’s history programmes 76 History on lm: science v crime

78 OUT & ABOUT 78 History explorer: Alyson Brown on 19th-century prison reforms 82 Ten things to do in November 84 Ye olde travel guide: Caracas, 1783

91 MISCELLANY 91 Q&A and quiz

94 Prize crossword

98 MY HISTORY HERO BearGryllsonRobertBaden-Powell

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20 Why did Irish nationalists target Londoners in the 1880s?

35 The politics of the theatre in ancient Greece

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