JUNE 2017

CONTENTS

Features

Every month

Find out how snap elections have changed the course of British history, on page 61

20 Britannia’s greatest rebel Miles Russell tells the story of Caratacus, a heroic warrior who fought against the odds to resist the Roman invasion

25 Hilary Mantel on fiction Ahead of her BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures, Hilary Mantel describes the challenges of writing historical novels

28 The workers’ revolution Stephen Bates explores the role of espionage and government intrigue in the ill-fated Pentrich uprising of 1817

33 Tudors in their own words Andrea Clarke reveals how the musings of ve monarchs are laid bare in a series of personal letters and diaries

41 The race to prosperity Joel Mokyr explains how European cities became the cradles of the intellectual revolution, triggering the modern age

50 The Six-Day War Matthew Hughes recounts the brief but erce Middle East con ict that altered the face of the region in 1967

61 Bolting to the ballot box With Britons heading for the polling station, Sarah Richardson looks at other unexpected elections in UK history

6 ANNIVERSARIES 11 HISTORY NOW 1 1 The latest history news

14 Backgrounder: Britain’s global role

16 LETTERS 19 MICHAEL WOOD’S VIEW 48 OUR FIRST WORLD WAR 59 READER SURVEY Share your views on the magazine

65 BOOKS Expert reviews, plus Lucy Worsley on her new book about Jane Austen

75 TV & RADIO The pick of this month’s history programmes

78 OUT & ABOUT 78 History explorer: Georgian navy

85 Five things to do in June 86 My favourite place: Philadelphia

33 Read the inside story of England’s most famous royal dynasty

93 MISCELLANY 93 Q&A and quiz 94 Samantha’s recipe corner 95 Prize crossword

98 MY HISTORY HERO RubyWaxchoosesCarlJung

82 HISTORYWEEKENDS Your guide to our events at Winchester and York

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25 Hilary Mantel on the secrets of successful historical ction

28 Did the government secretly encourage the Pentrich Rising?

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