BBC History Magazine: July 2022

The feature articles in the July issue.
The Watergate scandal Clifford Williamson delves into the murky events of 1972 that sparked a constitutional crisis-and the fall of US president Richard Nixon. (Was it really 50 years ago!)

British front doors
Rachel Hurdley explains what the entrances to homes reveal about the hopes and fears of the nation over the centuries. (Did your house have a boot scraper?

Normans in Africa
Levi Roach explores a litle-known and short-lived Norman attempt to forge a north-African kingdom in the 12th century.

New light on the Dark Ages
Michael Wood examines the latest discoveries about life in England before the Norman conquest.

Russian Civil War
Antony Beevor tells Rob Attar about the turbulent years of conflict, hunger and repression in Russia that followed the revolutions of 1917. (12 million died in Russia’s Civil War.)

Into the wild
In the seventh part of our series on the history of the BBC, David Hendy looks at the evolution of the broadcaster’s pioneering natural history films.

Accessorising the past
Cordula van Wyhe and Susan Vincent discuss how buckles, buttons and other adornments expressed historical attitudes.

News
One of the surprising news items was a finding that Anglo-Saxon kings were “mostly vegetarian.” “Experts from the University of Cambridge analysed the chemical composition of bones of more than 2,000 people buried in England between the fifth and eleventh centuries, then researched their social status based on the location of their burials and the objects included in their graves. The resuts indicated that the elite didn’t eat more meat on a daily basis than other social groups.

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