JUNE 2014



Discover how the perception of pain has changed over 150 years of war on page 36

22 D-Day: tragedy or triumph? James Holland argues that the successes of the Allies’ Normandy campaign far outweigh the well-documented reversals

30 Queens of industry Caroline Barron asks whether the new economic power enjoyed by women a er the Black Death represented a ‘golden age’

36 The pain of war Joanna Bourke traces changing attitudes to the pain of wounded soldiers through con icts since the American Civil War

43 A Tudor murder mystery Derek Wilson investigates the rst handgun hit in 16th-century London – and asks who hired the shadowy assassin

51 What the navy did for us Admiral Lord West reveals eight key achievements of the Royal Navy – from thwarting Hitler to ending the Cold War

56 The butcher of Baghdad Justin Marozzi tells the tale of Caliph al-Mansur, the mighty, miserly and murderous Abbasid ruler

60 “Our First World War” Peter Hart introduces four people whose lives were transformed by the war in the rst of a new series of personal histories

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7 HISTORY NOW 7 The latest history news

10 Backgrounder: Brazil 13 Past notes

14 ANNIVERSARIES 18 LETTERS 21 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 63 BOOKS Expertsreviewnewreleases,plus JerryTonerdiscusseshisbookabout theroleofslavesinRomansociety

75 TV & RADIO The pick of June’s history programmes

78 OUT & ABOUT 78 History explorer: Sarah Gristwood on the bloody battle of Tewkesbury 82 Ten things to do in June 84 Ye olde travel guide: Gorée, 1782

87 MISCELLANY 87 Q&A and quiz 89 Sam’s recipe corner 90 Prize crossword

98 MY HISTORY HERO KenanMalikchampionsCLRJames

101 EVENTS History Weekend in Malmesbury

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