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In the January issue of History Today

By Charlotte Crow | Posted 13th December 2012, 12:55
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In the cover story of our January issue, Benjamin Ziemann asks what led the German army officer Karl Mayr, midwife to Adolf Hitler’s political career, to defect from the Nazi Party to the Social Democrats in order to defend the Weimar Republic - a move that cost him his life?

Also in this issue:

  • Tom Wareham tells the true story of Captain Kidd, hung out to dry by cut-throat politicians and self-interested businessmen embroiled in the East Indies’ trade wars.
  • Adrian Bell and Richard Dale see parallels between modern marketing techniques and efforts to attract pilgrims to shrines across medieval Europe.
  • Hent Kalmo considers the roots and thorny branches of sovereignty.
  • Synnøve Veinan Hellerud describes how Hákon the Good was inspired by Athelstan of England to transform tenth-century Norway into a well-ordered Christian kingdom.
  • Frances Larson presents the designer Syrie Maugham, who dazzled 1920s London with her all-white interiors and her vibrant love life.
  • and Clive Emsley questions the historical evidence for electing police commissioners.

The January issue of History Today is out on December 20th; subscribe today and ensure you never miss a copy.

You can also download the new issue from December 17th  via our tablet edition, which you can get on your iPad, Android device or Kindle Fire.

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