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ISSUE 6

The 1770 Boston Massacre, a pivotal event in the build-up to the American Revolution, as seen in an 18th-century engraving. This issue, we explore the impact of such uprisings around the world

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J On the cover

22 THE BIG QUESTION

Are revolutions doomed to failure? J

Six experts debate whether uprisings have ever achieved their aims 28 The empress and the Munshi J

The surprising relationship between Queen Victoria and her beloved Muslim attendant 38 Have nuclear weapons helped to maintain global peace? J

A panel of historians discuss whether the ‘bomb’ has made the world safer

48 Why North Korea went nuclear J

BY NICOLA LEVERINGHAUS The atomic threat posed by Pyongyang now seems greater than ever. But how did North Korea arrive at its current nuclear status? And what does the country really want? 68 Pride and prejudice J

BY BRIAN LEWIS From ancient Greece to 20th-century law courts, a history of global sexual diversity 78 Scythians: The art of war BY ST JOHN SIMPSON The curator of a new exhibition at the British Museum on the nomads’ striking artefacts

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