The long way round

History Revealed - - FROM THE EDITOR -

When faced with an ob­sta­cle as im­pos­ing as the Great

Wall of China, most at­tack­ers would be forced to ad­mit de­feat. Not Genghis Khan. He sim­ply went around it and in­vaded China by the back door. And it’s his sheer in­sis­tence that he was go­ing to suc­ceed that drove him to cre­ate the largest con­tigu­ous land em­pire in the whole of hu­man history. Not bad for a no­madic pau­per. We pick up his in­cred­i­ble story on page 28.

From a man whose name is known around the world to the story of one whose name has been largely lost to history. But for Fabian Ware, founder of what would be­come the Com­mon­wealth War Graves Com­mis­sion, the whole point was that his work would en­sure that oth­ers would not be for­got­ten. His work to com­mem­o­rate the fallen of World War I de­serves to be re­mem­bered, and we tell his story on page 46.

Else­where, you’ll find fea­tures on sub­jects as di­verse as Thomas Becket ( p39 , Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe ( p55 and the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion­ary War ( p63) – and that’s just for starters! Happy read­ing... Paul McGuin­ness Edi­tor

Genghis Khan wasn’t one to let a lit­tle thing like the Great Wall of China get in his way

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