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The march of the Mongol Empire. A focus on how the grandson of Chinggis destroyed two Islamic empires.

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Also in this issue:

  • Disaster at Djerba
  • Biafra 50 Years On
  • Russia's Grassroots Revolution
  • Evil May Day 1517
  • On the Spot with Paul M. Cobb
  • Plus: The Western Design, Franco-German relations, working women and wolves and more.

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Selected articles from this issue

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By Alexander Lee

Attempting to recover the human experience of Communism in the post-Soviet era, a Belarusian investigative journalist found pessimistic nostalgia in place of hope for the future. 

By Kate Wiles

Kate Wiles on an illustrated map of the US responding to the Prohibition with puns.

By Nicolas Kinloch

Unlike his grandfather Chinggis Khan, the Mongol ruler Hulegu Khan is little known in the West. But his destruction of two Islamic empires, as well as a failed attempt to forge an alliance with Christendom, gave him a notoriety that persists to this day. 

By Susan Reed, Katya Rogatchevskaia

Underneath the sweeping history of the Russian Revolution is another story, one told through the lesser-known people, moments and objects of a world in transformation.

By R. T. Howard

The civil war that resulted from the division of Nigeria was a major human disaster that should not be forgotten. 

By Bruce Ware Allen

During a period of European peace, Spain sought to establish control of the Mediterranean. Yet a disastrous attempt to oust the Ottomans from North Africa threatened to accelerate the westward advance of Islam. 

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By Derek Wilson

Foreign traders were attracted to the City of London by England’s prosperous trade in wool and cloth. They were not always made welcome. 

Carsten Niebuhr’s drawing of himself dressed as a Janissary officer of the Ottoman Empire in Yemen.

By Mark Ronan

A Danish-German survey sought to unearth the roots of the Hebrew Bible in Arabia. It became the first to comprehend a new Islamic ideology, which now threatens the West. Mark Ronan

By History Today

We ask leading historians 20 questions on why their research matters, one book everyone should read and their views on the Tudors ...

The 1919 Amritsar Massacre depicted in a contemporary illustration. © Chronicle/Alamy

By Suzannah Lipscomb

Is it ahistorical for public figures to say sorry for events that took place before they were born? The issue cuts to the heart of the relationship between the living and the dead.