That The Second World War changed the world forever is an unquestionable fact. This book explores one of the less obvious impacts – on Hollywood. Mark Harris’ Five Came Back is a fascinating snap shot – or should that be reel? – of how five of Hollywood’s most talented, successful and notorious directors – John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, …Read More »
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Dr Olivette Otele is a historian of transnational colonial history at the College of Liberal Arts, B...
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By Justin Reash As we find ourselves in the second year of the centenary of World War I, the sinking of the RMS Lusitania reminds us that the Great War was not limited to professional soldiers perishing in muddy trenches. No, the tragedy of the Lusitania poignantly embodies the total war that was born in the failures of autumn 1914. …Read More »
By Fiona Whelan and Kieran Hazzard Historians for Britain consists of a group of scholars attempting to use history to push a political agenda by utilising history facts to aid in the debate about the relationship between Britain and the EU, but also to justify a renegotiation of Britain’s position within the EU. Representing the group, David Abulafia of the …Read More »
Pregnancy, False Pregnancy, and Questionable Heirs: Mary I and her Echoes 16 April 2015 Wednesday May 20 5-7pm Lecture Roberts G08, Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre, Roberts Building This illustrated lecture examines beliefs – medical and cultural – about phantom pregnancies in early modern England with specific connections to the political implications of Mary I’s false pregnancies. While historians have …Read More »
The discovery of Richard III’s skeleton may not in itself be sufficient to disprove the dark stories about him but it has revived interest; perhaps one day man and myth will be separated for good. The process was respectful, from the first cut into the concrete, to the last handful of earth crumbled onto his coffin, giving him the dignity …Read More »
This ancient, much-repaired but beautifully crafted bed frame discovered at auction in Chester in 2010 is an exceptional national treasure that will revolutionize the way we understand later medieval monarchs and their environment. When the owner invited me to inspect it, I had assumed like many others reasonably would, that this varnished, pre-Renaissance styled object must be a late Victorian …Read More »
Ever since man realised that riding a horse into battle was much more effective than running on their own two feet, animals have become an effective and potent game changer in war. For Alexander the Great, the horse proved vital in carving out his empire in the ancient world. Alexander’s ‘Companian’ cavalry would charge forward in a wedge formation, their …Read More »
THEY say the sun shines on the righteous. If so, the controversial reputation of King Richard lll was vindicated on Sunday, March 22. It was a glorious day for a funeral as the remains of our last Plantagenet king were taken back to Bosworth Field, the scene of his final fateful battle. There were so many of us at the …Read More »
During the first half of the nineteenth century the Strand’s reputation as a place of recreation was reinforced by new and expanded forms of entertainment. Where amateurs had previously ‘obliged’ at ‘Free and Easy’ concerts, professional performers started to appear in the singing rooms of taverns. Venues such as the Coal Hole, Strand, and the Cyder Cellars, Maiden Lane, offered …Read More »
Here follows an extract from Wanda Wyporska’s new book Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland 1500-1800: In 1613 the good gentlemen of Kalisz’s municipal court arrived in the village of Kucharki to try Dorota of Siedlików and Gierusza Klimerzyna. Listening to a wide range of testimonies, they heard tell of sex with the Devil, ruined beer, stolen milk, a visit to …Read More »
Hallie Rubenhold is an author, social historian and broadcaster. Her second book, Lady Worsley’s Whim, about a notorious 18th century Criminal Conversation (or adultery) trial has been adapted for screen by the BBC. Starring Natalie Dormer (Hunger Games, Game of Thrones), it will be broadcast in August. What is an historian? An historian is someone who is dedicated to an …Read More »
What separates grand foreign policy strategy from simple opportunism? This is the question that Clinton’s Grand Strategy, US Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World, by James D. Boys, struggles with. The book attempts to defend the Clinton Administration from charges by critics that the president’s foreign policy was ad-hoc, and without an ideological grounding. While the author is willing to explain Bill Clinton’s policy …Read More »
As the commemorations of World War One grind on, there’s a pattern that seems to have been ignored by almost all media and historians. Curious? Then read on… One of the fears of Germany prior to the war was potentially becoming surrounded by hostile nations. So Germany was constantly looking for diplomatic ways to ease this pressure. This resulted in …Read More »
In this first biography of Simon de Montfort in nearly twenty years, Darren Baker reveals a revolutionary figure who did in fact play a major role in the development of the English parliament. As part of a virtual tour he is undertaking for the book, he explains in this guest article below how that came to pass. Imagine you are about …Read More »
As economic underperformance, loss of sovereignty and German domination of the EU grind away at French self-esteem, contemporary France is also divided by chronic and deep-rooted anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. French Jews were leaving the country for Israel, the UK, Canada and the United States in their thousands long before the latest atrocities in Paris. Many Muslims in France continue to …Read More »