All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.
All About History
MUNITIONS FACTORY • United Kingdom 1914-18
MUSKETEER • The Netherlands c.1608
GOLD-INLAID COLT MODEL 1849 POCKET REVOLVER • Opulence and gunpowder come together in a deadly work of art USA, c.1853
FAMOUS GUNSLINGERS • Introducing ten of the baddest, meanest and quickest draws in the Old West
THE ORIGINS OF GUNPOWDER • Professor Peter A Lorge explores China’s experimentation with gunpowder and its evolution into a weapon of war
FIREARMS & ARMOURIES MUSEUMS • These museums house some of the world’s finest collections of firearms and related artefacts
REAL HISTORY OF THE GLADIATORS • Brutal reality of Rome’s most famous bloodsport uncovered
ROME’S MOST POPULAR SPORTS • The great arenas of Ancient Rome hosted all manner of spectacular – and often lethal – events that drew massive crowds
EMPERORS IN THE ARENA • The glamour of victory might have enticed even the most powerful men in Rome
ENTER THE GLADIATRIX • The reality of women in the arena
A GESTURE OF DEATH • What did the ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ signal mean?
FIGHTING FOR RECOGNITION • The 50-year battle for seven African American heroes to receive the Medal of Honor
EXAMPLES OF VALOUR • These Black soldiers’ heroic deeds saw them awarded Medals of Honor
AMERICA GOT SOUL • How soul music grew into one of America’s most powerful artforms
Soul’s Forgotten Superstar • Shy and suffering with mental illness, what James Carr lacked in charisma he made up for in extraordinary vocals
RISE OF THE BODY SNATCHERS • In the 18th and 19th centuries dark shadowy figures prowled Britain’s graveyards seeking fresh bodies for the country’s anatomy tables
PRESERVED FOR POSTERITY • Malcolm McCallum, curator of the Anatomical Museum in Edinburgh, tells us about the city’s history of grave-robbing and the skeleton of William Burke
WHY YOU SHOULDN'T WAVE DISEMBODIED ARMS AT YOUNG BOYS • In 1788 the citizens of New York turned against the medical establishment that for years had been pillaging its graves, after a cruel prank by a young student
Royal Lineage • Historian Robert Bartlett reveals how royal dynasties shaped the politics of medieval Europe
What’s in a Name? • Bartlett explains how dynasties used names to express their identities
Female Regents of Medieval France • These women wielded power in a realm that denied them the right to be sovereigns
HISTORY OF COMPUTING • A BRIEF TIMELINE OF THE EVENTS THAT CREATED THE DIGITAL WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY
DOES CHAMBERLAIN DESERVE SOME SYMPATHY? • Novelist Robert Harris and director Christian Schwochow discuss their new film about the 1938 Munich Agreement and plead the case for British PM Neville Chamberlain
BATTLE OF KLUSHINO • MUSCOVY, 4 JULY 1610
POLISH-LITHUANIAN COMMONWEALTH ARMY
WOMEN HAD RULED IN ROME? • Would putting power politics and military muscle under a matriarchal royal family have brought stable government or bloody sibling civil war?
TREASURES FROM THE TOMB • In 1922 Howard Carter made one of the world’s most famous archaeological discoveries: the final resting place of a young pharaoh
REVIEWS • The books, TV shows and films causing a stir in the history world this...