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DECEMBER 2012

FEATURES

18 Edward I: Man of principle or grasping opportunist? Caroline Burt seeks to challenge the negative reputation of the ‘Hammer of the Scots’

25 Race, religion and re-election With the US presidential election imminent, Adam Smith considers some historical parallels

31 Witches on trial Owen Davies lifts the lid on 10 infamous examples of ‘witches’ being brought to account

40 The dark side of abolitionism Richard Huzzey explains how anti-slavery drives could mask colonial exploitation

44 Jujitsu suffragettes Emelyne Godfrey reveals a novel way that suffrage campaigners sought to defend themselves

50 Mussolini’s willing followers Christopher Duggan shows that many Italians were enthusiastic supporters of Fascism and the duce

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6 Letters

8 The big picture

10 Milestones: It happened in December

News 12 Breaking news

14 World news in context: Japan and China

24 Opinion by David Priestland

37 Big days in history by Dominic Sandbrook

57 Changing times by Chris Bowlby

59 Book reviews 11 new history books reviewed 71 TV&Radio What’s on this month

Out&About 76 Where history happened: Thomas Becket 84 Ten things to do in December 86 Ye olde travel guide: Hong Kong 1842

Miscellany 93 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 96 Crossword: Win a history of the 20th century 97 Puzzles

98 My history hero by Ken Follett

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