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APRIL 2017

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When we think of the de ning dates in English and British history, years such as 1066, 1649 and 1914 o en spring to mind. But should we also be adding 1660 to that list? That is the view of historian Ian Mortimer who argues that the restoration of Charles II had implications far beyond the upper echelons of power. All of society, he believes, was transformed by the return of the monarchy. You can explore his arguments in our cover feature, which begins on page 35.

Across the Atlantic, one of the most important dates of recent times was 1917 when the United States entered the First World War and began the process that led to it becoming the dominant global player of the past century. On the centenary of this momentous decision, Adam IP Smith revisits the erce internal debates in the US about the merits of joining a European war. His piece begins on page 22.

A few weeks ago, the history Twitter community was abuzz with a discussion about the under-representation of women in history magazines and popular history more generally. It’s an area we felt we wanted to explore more fully and so we convened a panel of leading female historians to share their views on this topic. That piece begins on page 46, and an extended version will be airing on our podcast soon. It’s a debate that’s set to continue, so please do share your views with us on women’s roles in popular and academic history.

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THIS ISSUE’S CONTRIBUTORS

Jonathan Hogg The 1980s is a fascinating period for contemporary historians. In a world where nuclear weapons still exist, I am interested in tracing their social, cultural and political roots. P Jonathan explores the impact of nuclear tensions on 1980s culture on page 50

Janina Ramirez History is a subject bursting out of the seams. There’s a new generation of women’s voices coming through with some really refreshing new research, which is incredibly exciting. P Read our interview with four leading female historians on page 46

Ian Mortimer The late 17th century fascinates everyone who studies it. There were so many fundamental changes – it can seem both modern and medieval at once. P Ian takes us back to the seismic events of 1660 on page 35

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