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MARCH 2011


26 Battle of the Atlantic GH Bennett explains how merchant seamen risked death to keep Britain supplied in the Second World War

34 Civil rights and Civil War On the 150th anniversary of the US Civil War, Robert Cook recalls the controversial centennial in 1961

38 The fine rolls of King Henry III David Carpenter on the fascinating insights offered by an extraordinary collection of medieval documents

40 The King James Bible Adam Nicolson and Pauline Croft explore the creation and legacy of this momentous translation

50 What do you do with a bulldog burner? Edward Higgs describes the challenges that faced the compilers of censuses in the 19th century

58 The wonder of the west Niall Ferguson tells us what set the west apart from other civilisations that enabled it to dominate the world


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8 Letters

10 Milestones: It happened in March

News 14 Breaking news 17 News from the journals 18 World news in context: Easter Island

49 Opinion by Amanda Vickery

57 Changing times by Chris Bowlby

61 Big days in history by Dominic Sandbrook

63 Book reviews 11 new history books reviewed

77 TV&Radio What’s on in March

Out&About 80 Where history happened: The Civil War 86 Ten things to do this month 88 Ye olde travel guide: Olympia in 480 BC

Miscellany 93 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 96 Prize crossword: Win one of five books worth £25 97 Puzzles

98 My history hero by Jonathan Agnew new

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