September issue out now


The latest issue of BBC History Magazine is now on sale. In our new edition, Sir Ian Kershaw explains why hundreds of thousands of Germans were willing to follow Hitler to the end, while Mark Mayhurst, writer of a forthcoming BBC drama and documentary, describes a unique event in 1931 when Hitler found himself in the dock of a Berlin courtroom.


Elsewhere in the magazine, Paul Cartledge explains how as well as being the birthplace of democracy, classical Athens was also the first society to own large numbers of slaves.

The September issue also features Gemma Hagen, who gives us the lowdown on some of the archaeological mysteries faced by Dr Alice Roberts in the forthcoming BBC Two series of Digging for Britain, which airs in September.

Also in this issue, Clive Bloom explains what happened when pupils across the country went on strike in September 1911, and Thomas Harrison sets the record straight on some of the misconceptions surrounding the Persian empire.

Meanwhile, Emily Manktelow takes a look at marital and sexual relations between British missionaries and native peoples in the British empire during the 18th and 19th centuries, and historian and broadcaster Dan Snow, co-host of the new BBC history programme National Treasures Live, discusses the importance of bringing history to life on television while still making it enjoyable to watch.

September’s magazine also includes James Walvin, who speaks to BBC History Magazine‘s Charlotte Hodgman about nine places related to the campaign to end the British slave trade, and Dominic Sandbrook, who nominates 15 September 1964 as a big day in history – the date that The Sun first appeared on shelves in newsagents.


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