ISSUE: VOLUME 47.01 SPRING 2018
The abuse of history

The powers being used to manipulate the past

The spring 2018 issue of Index on Censorship magazine explores how across the globe, governments and various groups are using their powers to change their narratives - and manipulate history. Lucy Worsley talks about the Tudor Court and Margaret MacMillan discusses how Germany rewrote its past in the interwar period. Louisa Lim says she wouldn't be able to write her critically acclaimed book on the Tiananmen Square Massacre today. And Irene Caselli meets the duo behind a museum in Cuba seeking to readdress the country's dissident past. Elsewhere in the magazine bestselling Palestinian author Abbad Yahya talks to Index about the threats against his life, Laura Silvia Battaglia examines how refugees in Italy are self-censoring themselves in order to fit into their new society and ahead of the release of her new book, award-winning author Christie Watson writes an exclusive short story for Index.   Editorial: Past imperfect | Full contents

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Simon Callow
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Louisa Lim
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Neil Oliver
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Editorial: Past imperfect

Access to knowledge about history is being manipulated around the world to build political support, says Rachael Jolley.

At the same time as undermining public trust in the media, governments in this spin cycle seek to stigmatise academics, as well as close down places where open or vigorous debate might take place. The result is often the creation of a “them and us” mentality, where belief in the avowed historical take is a choice of being patriotic or not.

Spring 2018

Contents

A look at what’s inside the spring 2018 issue, focusing on the manipulation of history across the world.

Spring 2018

Magazine extra: Podcast

Featuring interviews with renowned historians Bettany Hughes, Rana Mitter and Omar Mohammed, the man behind Mosul Eye.

Spring 2018

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