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The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, presenter Jeremy Paxman and a selection of historians answer ten big questions about the British empire.
Elsewhere in the magazine, Michael S Goodman reveals how Britain beat the Soviet Union to the services of some of Germany's most brilliant minds at the end of the Second World War.
The February issue also features Jonathan Grossman who, on the bicentenary of Charles Dickens's death, explores the impact of the 19th-century transport revolution on the author's life and work.
Also in this issue, Peter Watson examines how and why civilisation developed differently in the Old World and the New.
Meanwhile, Thomas Freeman and Mark Greengrass examine the enduring power of the Tudor book Foxes's Book of Martyrs.
Our February magazine also includes Stephen Bourne who looks at treatment of homosexuals in the armed forces during the Second World War, while Sophie Gordon explores Britain's monarchs through the works of art they have acquired.
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