Foreign News: Pruning Time

Far more important than Who's Who in the eyes of many blue-blood Britons is the deeper question : Who was who? For years, the responsibility of cataloguing the ancestors of noble families in Europe and Great Britain was shared by Saxony's famed Almanack de Gotha and Britain's Burke's Peerage.* Of the two, the Almanack was the older and more conscientious, but in 1946, the unfeeling Red army marched into Saxony and put it out of business for good, though carefully carting its presses and files off to Moscow. The burden of keeping Britain's pedigrees straight thereafter fell squarely on the shoulders...

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