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ISSUE 2

An anti-fascist poster from the Soviet Union, 1929. This issue, we explore Russia’s relations with the rest of the world throughout the 20th century – and how they still influence politics today

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24 Lenin’s lust for power BY VICTOR SEBESTYEN The man behind the communist myth, and how his legacy shaped the world for decades 30 Russia’s Revolutions BY ROBERT SERVICE On the centenary of Russia’s upheavals in 1917, we explore their global impact 40 THE BIG QUESTION

Did the Cold War ever really end? A panel of experts debates the real story of Russia’s relationship with the west

56 The truth about ancient Egypt BY JOHN ROMER Our view of the land of the pharaohs may be based on fiction, a leading expert argues 68 Gli￿ering Korea BY SOYOUNG LEE Highlights from an exhibition exploring the peninsula’s diverse cultural history 74 Crusader, deserter, traitor BY JEFFREY LEE The life of Raymond III of Tripoli, whose treachery cost the kingdom of Jerusalem

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