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Editor Peter Furtado explores this month's features and major anniversaries being covered.

This issue, we mark a curious new phenomenon of our times: the pre-centenary celebration. Andrew Lambert offers us his magisterial appreciation of Nelson and Trafalgar, on the occasion of the 199th anniversary of Nelson’s fatal triumph off the south-west coast of Spain. I might apologise for this slightly odd choice of date, were it not for the fact that we are all being assaulted by a broadside of important Nelson titles this autumn, and there is a long and busy year in store of celebration and historical interrogation of this pivotal event in British history, and its relation to other aspects of British life, past and present. For us, for example, the incipient Nelson-fest segues easily into the continuing exploration of the Entente Cordiale (which had its true centenary earlier this year), with Glenn Richardson’s survey of a thousand years of rivalry, suspicion and grudging respect between the two nations.

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