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An exhaustive examination of the mystery surrounding the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X Creators Rachel Dretzin, Phil Bertelsen Distributor Netflix Released: Out now On 21 February 1965, Malcolm X was addressing the Organisation of
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Editor Jonathan Gordon jonathan.gordon@futurenet.com Art Editor Kym Winters Features Editor Callum McKelvie Staff Writer Jessica Leggett Production Editor Iain Noble Editor in Chief Tim Williamson Senior Art Editor Duncan Crook Michael E Haskew Joe C
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West Africa Before Slavery
Dates: c.500–c.1200 Area at largest known point: 1,600 km2 Thanks in part to the introduction of the camel into the western Sahara, which had enhanced trade routes throughout the region, the Ghana Empire, or more properly known as Wagadou, grew rich
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Sas Great Escapes
Author Damien Lewis Publishers Audible Studios Price: Free Released Out now Stories of perseverance, determination and improvisation during World War II are commonplace, but you will find few as heart-pounding, tense and fraught as those told in th
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History of Joseon Korea
General Yi Seong-gye is ordered to attack Chinese troops on the border of the Goryeo Kingdom, but instead decides to lead his troops against his own leaders. Yi Seong-gye is victorious and crowned as the first king of a new Joseon Dynasty. He is giv
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Atomic Spies
On the morning of 6 August 1945, seven American aircraft head towards the Japanese city of Hiroshima. As part of Special Mission 13, the Enola Gay is the only one fitted for weapons delivery – this is no ordinary bombing raid. The city has been on al
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The Life And Death Of Ancient Cities: A Natural History
Author Greg Woolf Publisher Oxford University Press Price £25 Released Out now When we think about cities of the ancient world, we tend to think of the great cities whose physical remains have survived to this day such as Athens, Persepolis, Alexan
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Gyeongbokgung Palace
The story of Gyeongbokgung is full of splendour and hardship. As the largest of the Five Grand Palaces that were constructed by the Joseon Dynasty it was the primary residence and seat of government for most of the era, but that also made it the targ
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Inside The Fat Man
To achieve critical mass of the radioactive plutonium core, a perfectly encompassing shock wave was created by the surrounding explosives, compressing the plutonium sphere. During the chain reaction, excess neutrons were reflected back into the core
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The Ambassadors: Diplomacy In The West From Richelieu To Kissinger
Author Robert Cooper Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson Price £25 Released Out now Diplomacy is by no means an easy feat. It requires a calm head while emotions and tension simmer under the surface, and at times peace negotiations can cause further co
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A Joseon Official
Waist belts, usually gold, silver or black bands, were an important part of a government official’s uniform as they were another way to identify the rank of the wearer. First-rank officials wore seodae belts made from rhino horn, which were considere
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The Kame’s Philby... Kim Philby
Kim Philby, who may or may not have tipped off Fuchs about British intelligence placing him under surveillance, himself lived a double life as a notorious spy. One of the infamous Cambridge Five, he was recruited by the Soviet Union as early as 1934,
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American Frontiers
The story of the United States expanding from one coast of the continent to the other is filled with adventure and hardship and this special looks to chronicle it all. Learn about the treatment of the Native American population, the lawless west that
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Joseon Koreans
Usually remembered by his pen name Dasan, Jeong Yak-yong was one of the greatest thinkers of the Joseon Dynasty. He passed the state exam to become a high-ranking official at the age of 28 and was a trusted advisor and confidant of King Jeongjo, who
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Banned
The materials that a community deems suitable or unsuitable for consumption by its citizens is an interesting and ever-evolving conversation. As we can see in our own media landscape, there are some films and TV shows that were once considered risque
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RECOMMENDS… Across An Angry Sea
Author Sir Cedric Delves Price £12.99 Publisher Hurst Delves had been in command of D Squadron 22 SAS since the start of 1982. There was nothing to suggest that within a few months his men would be waging war at the gateway to the Antarctic. Delves t
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Kyung Moon Hwang
Q. IT IS OFTEN ARGUED THAT JAPANESE COLONIAL RULE RESULTED IN THE MODERNISATION OF KOREA. HOW DID THIS NARRATIVE BEGIN AND WHY HAS IT PERSISTED TO THIS DAY? A. Japanese officials and intellectuals constructed this narrative in the early 20th century
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The Pirate Republic
The Golden Age of Piracy has come to describe the decade between 1715 and 1725 where, with the Treaty of Utrecht bringing an end to Britain’s involvement in the War of the Spanish Succession, a number of enterprising and ruthless commodores had taken
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History Vs Hollywood
Director: Joe Wright Starring: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lily James Country: United Kingdom Released: 2017 This look at Churchill’s first challenges as PM in 1940 plays fast and loose with the details, but gets the broader truths right 01 A
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Historic Locations
The construction of the Fortress Wall began in 1396, at the beginning of the Joseon Dynasty, to defend the boundaries of Hanyang (modern-day Seoul). In total, 200,000 labourers took part in building the wall, which is 18.6km long and between five to
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New Providence
A supply of fresh water ensured that New Providence was a fine safe haven for outlaws. The island offered the pirates coneys (rabbits), pigs and plenty of fruit. The New Providence farmers also grew corn, peas, yams, onions and a variety of other pro
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Kimchi
It is believed that kimchi originated during the Three Kingdoms period (57 BCE – 668) when picking vegetables helped to preserve food for longer. The earliest kimchis consisted of radishes fermented in brine, although this changed as new vegetables s
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Seated Bodhisattva
Buddhism spread through the three kingdoms of Korea – Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla – between the 4th and 5th centuries after arriving from China. It became the official state religion and remained so for over 1,000 years until the fall of the Goryeo Dy
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Battle Of Villers-bocage
As one of the largest cities in Normandy, Caen was a communications hub at the centre of a major road network, connected to the English Channel through a canal. Its seizure after D Day would anchor the left flank of the Allied perimeter and deny the
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Paranormal Investigators
What exactly is The Ghost Club and what is its mission? The Ghost Club is essentially a private body of friends and members who are particularly interested in ghosts and the paranormal. It’s a place where sceptics and believers can meet on common g
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British Army: 22nd Armoured Brigade
While the poor performance in Normandy would see Erskine lose his command, he still managed to regain trust and important roles in the war effort as Head of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force Mission to Belgium and later GOC 43rd Inf
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Victorian Occult
On 1 April 1848, ten-year-old Catherine Fox and her sister Margaret, 14, received a mysterious visitor at their home in New York – a ghost. The spirit, which went by the name Mr Splitfoot (a popular name for the devil at the time) communicated with t
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German Army: Ss Heavy Tank Battalion 101
Starting as a staff officer along with Erwin Rommel in the Afrika Korps, Major General Fritz Bayerlein went on to command Panzer divisions in Europe. He was among the German troops who managed to escape the Falaise Pocket, but ultimately surrendered
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