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Do not pass go: The secret history of Monopoly

Do not pass go: The secret history of Monopoly

By Leslie Scott Friday, 24 April 2015

Devised early in the 20th century, Monopoly was meant to be a warning about land ownership by the few. The boardgame's history makes a fascinating story, says Leslie Scott.

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