Issue 20 of BBC World Histories is out now

The January/February 2020 issue of BBC World Histories magazine is now on sale

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BBC World Histories, a title from the makers of BBC History Magazine, brings you a fresh take on our global past – and how it shapes our lives today.

In our January/February 2020 issue, now on sale:

Hidden stories of the Holocaust


Historian Nikolaus Waschmann explains to Matt Elton why the Nazis’ system of detention and death camps was more wide-ranging than is commonly understood

The remarkable resistance of Lilo

The story of a German Jewish lawyer in Berlin who risked her life to defy the Nazi regime | Alice Doyard and Fergal Keane

Who was the greatest leader in history?

The most influential rulers from across the expanse of global history, as chosen by a panel of 20 expert historians and authors

The game that turned the tide of the Second World War

As the battle of the Atlantic raged, a small group of women attempted to thwart Nazi U-boats via unlikely means: a war game played with chalk and string | Simon Parkin

The lives of others

The groundbreaking anthropologists who sought to understand how different cultures around the world tackle life’s big questions | Charles King

Plus: Serhii Plokhy discusses his new book which explores the story of three US-Soviet air bases in Ukraine in the Second World War, while Alev Scott considers the parallels between ancient Athens and the modern travails of Nato.

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Coming up in issue 21 (on sale from 27 February 2020)

The science of evil

How researchers turned to science in a bid to make sense of the Holocaust

A history of the menopause

Trace the ways in which societies have viewed women’s stages of life

1982 in pictures


A tour of the year’s events, from freezing weather to the Falklands War