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JULY 2014

CONTENTS

Features

Follow the quest to discover a method for calculating longitude on page 28

22 Robert Bruce’s fight for freedom Fiona Watson explains how the battle of Bannockburn was framed as an epic struggle for liberation

28 The quest for longitude Rebekah Higgitt describes the race to solve a maritime conundrum

37 How the West was spun Karen Jones paints a warts-and-all portrait of the Wild West – rife with poverty, hunger and violence 42 Cities of the British empire Tristram Hunt explores how great imperial metropolises have reinvented themselves as 21st-century powerhouses 50 The real Richard III Chris Skidmore analyses the controver- sial Yorkist monarch – and reveals a devoted, ruthless, generous bon vivant

57 Victorian letter scams Antonio Melechi introduces the ranks of professional scammers who duped the Duke of Wellington and Charles Dickens

60 “Our First World War” In part two of our series, Peter Hart reveals how the looming con ict impacted on Britons’ lives in July 1914

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7 HISTORY NOW 7 The latest history news

10 Backgrounder: God and politics 13 Past notes

14 ANNIVERSARIES 18 LETTERS 21 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 63 BOOKS Expertsreviewnewreleases,plus KwasiKwartengdiscusseshisbook aboutgoldandwar

77 TV & RADIO The pick of July’s history programmes

80 OUT & ABOUT 80 History explorer: Timothy Mowl on English landscape gardens 84 Ten things to do in July 86 Holidays: Mont Saint Michel

89 MISCELLANY 90 Q&A and quiz 91 Sam’s recipe corner 92 Getmore from BBC History magazine

98 MY HISTORY HERO SolCampbellselectsNelsonMandela

48 EVENTS History Weekend in Malmesbury

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42 Why Britain’s imperial cities are the economic powerhouses of the modern world

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The harsh reality of life in the Wild West

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