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 final issue of 2017, we explore the United States’ historical legacy with a set of features charting the events and tensions that continue to shape the nation. Adam IP Smith asks if an understanding of the true nature of the American Civil War would help heal divisions within the United States, while Benjamin Houston considers the riots that gripped Los Angeles in 1992. Plus, our big question of the issue: should we judge historical figures by the morals of today?
Elsewhere, Caroline Dodds Pennock goes in search of the real Aztecs, explaining why we need to change our view of the civilisation that dominated central Mexico.
Meanwhile, Des Shaw shares what David Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes tells us about the cuture of Cold War-era Berlin, and Eric Kurlander investigates the paganism, Nordic myths and occult beliefs that informed Nazi ideology.
Michael Burleigh and Peirs Brendon discuss the former’s book on global relationships, while Alex von Tunzelmann considers socialist icon Che Guevara, 50 years after his death.
In this issue, we’ve also been asking: why is the discovery of nothing rewriting the mathematical history books? Plus, there’s an account of the launch of Sputnik I, Michael Scott on global connections, and an in-depth look at 1922, this issue’s ‘year in pictures’.
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