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35 Why we disparage the genius of medieval science at our peril

50 How the Franco-Prussian War had dire consequences for 20th-century Europe

20 “The Spartans fought so fiercely that they seemed to be in a frenzy with no regard for their lives”


This month in history

7 History news 11 Michael Wood on the Greeks’

fir st glimpse of Britain 12 Anniversaries 16 David Olusoga’s

Hidden Histories 18 Letters 4 8 Q&A Your history questions answered


74 Interview: Neil Oliver talks about his new book, which explores how the lives of our ancient ancestors can help cure our modern malaise 78 New history books reviewed


86 Diary: What to see and do this month, including TV & radio, food and exhibitions 9 2 Explore: Rye, East Sussex

96 Prize crossword

98 My histor y hero Susie Dent chooses Francis Grose

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