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SEPTEMBER 2010

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BATTLE OF BRITAIN SPECIAL

26 Days of destiny Kate Moore describes five key moments that helped determine the outcome of the battle

30 The flying hell-raisers RAF pilots fought hard and partied hard, says Martin Francis

34 Looking up at the Luftwaffe Brett Holman explains how the people of Britain coped with the threat of a German invasion n

39 Two views on ‘Britain’s finest hour’ Laurence Rees and James Holland join the debate about the Battle of Britain’s importance e

46 A queen in a king’s world Helen Castor reveals how England nearly had a female monarch in the turmoil of the mid-12th century

50 Opinion: Analysis overload Seán Lang bemoans history teaching that promotes the study of sources ahead of the accumulation of knowledge

53 The rebirth of Rosslyn Being featured in The Da Vinci Code has done wonders for Rosslyn Chapel, explains Helen Rosslyn

56 Three films about… the American ‘occupation’ of Britain Mark Glancy compares three film depictions of US soldiers over here

60 The new alliance in Korea Tim Benbow examines the early Cold War relationship between Britain and the United States in the Korean War

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EVERY MONTH

5 Letters

8 Milestones: It happened in September

News

12 Breaking news

16 News from the journals

18 World news in context: Transnistria

23 Opinion by Dominic Sandbrook 42 Science story by Patricia Fara 43 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 59 Changing times by Chris Bowlby 67 Book reviews: 11 new history books reviewed 79 TV & Radio: What’s on in September

Out&About

82 Where history happened: The Wars of the Roses 88 Ten things to do this month

90 Holiday ideas

96 Diversions, and the crossword

98 My history hero by Dave Gorman

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