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JULY 2017

CONTENTS

Features

Every month

6 ANNIVERSARIES 11 HISTORY NOW 1 1 The latest history news

1 4 Backgrounder: Venezuela 16 Past notes: gin

Find out why Hugo Chavez remains such a divisive figure in Venezuela, on page 14

20 Was King John murdered? Was there any truth to the rumours that the monarch was the victim of an assassin’s poison? Laura Ashe investigates

25 Child soldiers Emma Butcher and James Rogers tell the story of children sent to war – from ancient Greece to modern-day Liberia

34 The Poles who fought back Monica Whitlock recounts a staggering wartime odyssey, taking in Stalin’s gulags and the battle elds of central Italy

40 Cromwell’smigrationcrisis James Evans asks what drove one in 10 English men and women to emigrate to the New World in the 17th century

17 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 18 LETTERS 46 OUR FIRST WORLD WAR 65 BOOKS Thelatestreleasesreviewed,plus Clare Mulley discusses her book onfemaleaviatorsinNaziGermany

77 TV & RADIO The pick of new history programmes

80 OUT &ABOUT 80 History Explorer: British iron

87 Five things to do in July 88 My favourite place: Vietnam

95 MISCELLANY 95 Q&A and quiz 96 Samantha’s recipe corner 97 Prize crossword

98 MY HISTORY HERO TelevisionpresenterNickKnowles picksJuliusCaesar

32 SUBSCRIBE Save when you subscribe today

50 Dunkirk Tim Benbow reveals how the Allies pulled o one of the most spectacular rescue missions in the history of warfare

84 EVENTS Details of our events at Winchester and York

60 How the Cold War thawed David Reynolds traces east-west relations from the Cuban missile crisis to the fall of the Berlin Wall

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60 When the Cold War clash between east and west went truly global

40 Did the Americas o er England’s 17th-century emigrants a better life?

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34 The epic tale of the Poles deported by Stalin in 1941

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