March issue out now


The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, GH Bennett explores the Merchant Navy’s six-year campaign to preserve the Atlantic supply line and keep Britain from starving during the Second World War.


Elsewhere in the magazine, Edward Higgs reveals how Britain’s statisticians met the  challenge of producing an accurate survey of the working population in the 19th century, in the first census.

The March issue also features Dominic Sandbrook who, in the first of a new series, nominates 2 August 1100 – when William II met his demise in the New Forest – as a big day in history.

Also in this issue, as we approach the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Robert Cook explains how the 1961 centennial commemorations were undermined by racial tensions.

Meanwhile, 400 years after it was first published, Pauline Croft considers the genesis of the King James Bible, the “most important book in the English language”, while Adam Nicolson explains why the book’s influence has proved so enduring.

Other topics this month include the fine rolls of King Henry III –  records of gifts offered to a monarch in return for favours – as examined by David Carpenter, while Niall Ferguson tackles one of the fundamental questions of world history – how the west came to dominate the rest.


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