CHRISTMAS 2016

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What’s the historical perspective on the momentous US election result? See page 12

22 The charge of the Light Brigade Saul David unpicks who was to blame for the catastrophic British charge into a Russian deathtrap in the Crimea

31 The most dramatic years How does 2016 compare with other tumultuous eras? Six historians make their case for history’s landscape-changing years

38 Medieval nostalgia Even in the 14th century, people yearned for an idealised past, reveals Hannah Skoda

43 Black Power Peter Ling traces the origins and achievements of the Black Power movement

50 Henry VIII’s six wives Reputations reprieved, myths busted: Lucy Worsley takes a fresh look at the Tudor king’s six fascinating brides

54 The shock of Pearl Harbor Nicholas Best shows how the Japanese bombing reverberated around the world

62 Politics and history Four historian-politicians discuss history’s role in modern politics

6 ANNIVERSARIES 9 HISTORY NOW 9 The latest history news

1 2 Backgrounder special: historians deliberate what Donald Trump’s triumph means

18 LETTERS 21 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 67 BOOKS Expertschoosethebesttitlesfrom 2016’splethoraofnewhistorybooks; plusthecreamoftheyear’shistoryTV

79 TV & RADIO The pick of new history programmes

82 OUT &ABOUT 82 History Explorer: Caerleon Roman settlement 86 My favourite place: Bethlehem

91 MISCELLANY 91 Q&A and quiz 94 Christmas quiz 96 Prize crossword

98 MY HISTORY HERO Billy Bragg chooses American folk singerWoodyGuthrie

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The Nazi plot to seize Gibraltar

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54 Pearl Harbor and its a ershocks around the world

43 Black Power: a movement misrepresented?

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