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MAY 2011


22 The prince and the devil dog Mark Stoyle on the unusual tale of a demon poodle who unsettled the Roundheads in the Civil War

30 The A to Z of royal weddings Tracy Borman looks at how William and Kate’s predecessors celebrated their special days

36 Does Russia need an iron fist? Martin Sixsmith explains why autocrats have long held sway over democrats in Moscow

40 What happened to Britain’s lost Roman legion? Miles Russell seeks to clear up one of the most beguiling puzzles of the ancient world

48 The political apes Francis Fukuyama discusses the surprisingly long history of humanity’s political development

50 Kennedy’s Cuban catastrophe Mark White considers the role of President John F Kennedy in the failed attempt to oust Castro in 1961

58 In search of the Dunkirk spirit Jeremy Crang and Paul Addison reflect on the importance of morale in the dark days of the Second World War


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6 Letters

8 Milestones: It happened in May

News 12 Breaking news 17 News from the journals 18 World news in context: Libya

39 Opinion by Amanda Vickery

47 Big days in history by Dominic Sandbrook

57 Changing times by Chris Bowlby

63 Book reviews 11 new history books reviewed

77 TV&Radio What’s on in May

Out&About 80 Where history happened: Elizabethan drama 86 Ten things to do this month 88 Ye olde travel guide: Samarkand in 1404

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

98 My history hero by Norman Stone

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