Issue 14 of BBC World Histories is out now

The February/March 2019 issue of BBC World Histories magazine is now on sale, with features on the conditions that contribute to lasting peace, America's war on drugs, and the consequences of the Iranian revolution…

Issue 14 of BBC World Histories Magazine.

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 cover feature this month, we ask: what makes a good peace? A century after postwar reconstruction and reconciliation got underway in Europe, six historians debate the conditions that contribute to lasting, meaningful peace.

Elsewhere, in a feature on America’s war on drugs, Benjamin T Smith examines modern global approaches to narcotics trafficking and addition. Forty years on from the Iranian Revolution, Ali Ansari considers its causes and consequences, while Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones writes on the unlikely afterlife of Cyrus the Great. Caroline Dodds Pennock revisits the pivotal encounters between Spanish conquistadors and the Aztecs, and the horror of war is explored in the photography of Don McCullin.

There’s much else besides, from the history of philosophy to a look at Gandhi’s non-violent protests. Plus, a 10th-century trek through Asia.

Coming up in issue 15 (on sale from 28 March) 

The United States’ hidden empire

The surprising story of America’s colonial ambitions

Magic numbers

How Arabic numerals became cultural icons worldwide

High ambition

Take a historical tour of Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s sacred masterpiece in Barcelona


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