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This month’s best historical reads

“Many graves and cemeteries in Britain bear witness to the presence of a multinational community in wartime. When the war was over this community was largely forgotten”

CLAIRE WOOD X1, GETTY X1, U.S. NATIONAL ARCHIVES X1

Mixing It: Diversity in World War Two Britain

By Wendy Webster Oxford University Press, £25, hardback, 336 pages

Amid the trauma of the conflict on the continent, it’s easy to overlook the ways in which World War II also massively reshaped society and culture in Britain. As the demands of the war grew, people arrived from Europe, the United States and around the British Empire for a diverse range of reasons. Some came to work, and some to fight; others still came because they were refugees or exiles. This fascinating new history of the period tells the forgotten stories of some of these individuals and puts them in their wider context, exploring the triumphs and tensions of a population that was more diverse than it had ever been before.

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In this month’s issue… Who killed JFK? We know Lee Harvey Oswald pulled a trigger, but was he a lone gunman or part of a larger conspiracy? Plus: Elizabeth’s I love rival; the Irish Potato Famine; Picasso’s most prolific year; the medieval knight who’s travels made him more famous than Marco Polo; the Top 10 art controversies and the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.