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In the August issue of History Today

By Paul Lay | Posted 15th July 2011, 9:00
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The August edition of History Today carries an extraordinary array of articles covering every historical period from the ancient world to the present day.

We look at what happened in 1961 when Francisco Goya’s masterly portrait of the Duke of Wellington went missing from London’s National Gallery – with repercussions that changed the very nature of English law; David Abulafia reveals the perilous nature of a pilgrim’s progress through the Mediterranean during the 13th century; Robin Waterfield tells the dramatic and ultimately tragic story of Olympias, the mother of Alexander the Great, who sought to shore up an imploding Macedonian Empire following the death of her son; while Thomas Ruys Smith, in a remarkable account of the history of New Orleans, tells us why life has always been hard in the Big Easy.

Plus, in the August edition of History Today: the Book Club focuses on Roger Moorhouse’s new paperback, Berlin at War; we look at the ancient roots of the Greek debt crisis; why the West’s embrace of liberalism may not last; and provide new insights into the Fools of the Tudor court.

All this, plus the quiz, the crossword, competitions and comments from our readers.

The issue goes on sale on August 25th; subscribe now to ensure you receive your copy.

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