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18 Hitler’s dark charisma Laurence Rees considers the reasons behind the Nazi party’s surge to power in Germany in the 1930s

26 A new church is born Geza Vermes explains how the early Christian movement departed from its origins at a key meeting in AD 325

30 The five big questions in global history Odd Arne Westad considers global history’s big debates, from human migration to the rise of the west

40 Living in sin? Rebecca Probert reveals that, contrary to popular assumptions, poorer Victorians did not cohabit

46 How Britain got the bomb Michael S Goodman tells the story of the country’s first nuclear weapons test, which took place 60 years ago

50 Tudors in America David Childs discusses why early English forays into the New World lagged far behind other powers

56 The scandal of female miners Denise Bates reveals how images of topless women working in coal mines shocked the nation in the 1840s


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10 Milestones: It happened in October

News 12 Breaking news

14 News from the journals

28 Big days in history by Dominic Sandbrook

39 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: Disability 84 Ten things to do in October 86 Ye olde travel guide: Dublin in 1000 AD

Miscellany 93 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 96 Crossword: Win a Wartime Farm book 97 Puzzles

98 My history hero by Paddy Ashdown

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