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THEBRIEFING 6 Viewpoints: Emma J Wells on the catastrophic fire at Notre-Dame J, Iain Overton on the history of suicide bombers J, and Jonathan Fennell on the global impact of D-Day J

12 History Headlines: Discoveries and developments in the world of history

CULTURE 80 Agenda: The latest exhibitions, films,

books, TV and radio programmes JOURNEYS 84 In the footsteps of… Robert Louis

Stevenson’s first South Pacific voyage by Christina Thompson 92 Global City: Nuuk, Greenland by Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough 94 Wonders of the World: Borobudur,

Indonesia by Paul Bloomfield REGULARS 30 A Y e a r i n P i c t u r e s : 1910

by Richard Overy 98 Museum of the World: Maharani Jind

Kaur’s gold earrings by Davinder Toor

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Kevin Fong On page 79, the presenter of a major new BBC World Service podcast series discusses the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission. “Everyone knows who Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are, and almost nobody knows the names of the people in mission control. Yet they were as essential as the people who flew the spacecraft,” he says.

Deborah Lipstadt On page 23, the influential author and historian explores the origins of antisemitism and the pervasive stereotypes that perpetuate it. “Its roots can be found in the New Testament and the story of the crucifixion of Jesus, but hostility towards Jews did not begin with the rise of Christianity,” she says.

Suleiman Ali Mourad “The Middle Ages witnessed a lot of violence, but also countless cases of cooperation, political and military alliance, exchange of trade and science, and forms of religious tolerance,” observes the historian of Islam at Smith College, Massachusetts. He’s one of six experts debating the modern legacy of the crusades on page 38.

Chris Parkes Why did a grimy New York bar spark a wave of gay rights activism that changed attitudes worldwide? That’s the question tackled by historian Parkes on page 52. “The Stonewall Inn benefited from a coincidence of circumstances that gave it the potential to transcend its humble character and turn into something iconic,” he says.

Christina Thompson In 1888, the writer Robert Louis Stevenson sailed from San Francisco for the South Pacific on a fateful voyage traced by author Thompson on page 84. “He loved the ragtag quality of the colonial settlements,” she says, “and he loved the beauty and vitality – and, sometimes, the absurdity – of the islanders themselves.”

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