20 George VI: the everyman king Denis Judd tells the story of a monarch who overcame adversity to win the nation’s hearts

26 Wales – in search of a history Martin Johnes considers how past events have helped to shape a sense of Welsh identity

28 Beware what you buy Sheilagh Ogilvie, Markus Küpker and Janine Maegraith reveal the limits imposed on German consumers

32 The golden coast Gus Casely-Hayford reveals how a west African kingdom grew enormously rich through the trade of gold and slaves

35 Are these the most overrated people in history? A panel of experts selects the historical figures who don’t quite live up to their glowing reputations

46 The Wannsee protocol Roger Moorhouse asks whether this 1942 conference was really where the Holocaust was planned


50 How Islam crushed the crusaders Thomas Asbridge on how the Christian warriors finally met their match

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41 Big Days in History by Dominic Sandbrook

49 Changing Times by Chris Bowlby

57 Book reviews 11 new history books reviewed

69 TV&Radio What’s on in January

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Miscellany 93 Q&A: Your historical questions answered 96 Prize crossword: Win a copy of The Great Global

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98 My history hero by Mary Beard

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