Category Archives: History

Let’s move on and not dwell on the past

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The Suffragettes knew how to protest

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Seventy years of decline: Two Conservative Prime Ministers

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The Importance of the Battle of Warsaw, 1920

Tsarist Russia was engulfed in a revolutionary civil war, which led to a Bolshevik government in1917. The leader of the Red Army, Leon Trotsky, wanted to end capitalism in Europe. He believed Germany was the key to this. If the … Continue reading

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Joseph Heller* on War

“What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There … Continue reading

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Black History Month, 2022: Lyrics of ‘I wish’

I wish I knew howIt would feel to be freeI wish I could breakAll the chains holding meI wish I could sayAll the things that I should saySay ’em loud say ’em clearFor the whole round world to hear I … Continue reading

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The Purchase of Commissions in the British Army, 1683-1871

The 17th century was transformative. It began with the attempted assassination of James I and ended with a successful invasion and three quasi-legitimate monarchs. The century included three civil wars, the execution of a king, a warrior class seizing power, … Continue reading

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Hitler copied the USA’s segregation policies…and then some

‘Segregation Forever’ documents the legal establishment of a racial purity regime as strict as any of its 20th-century European competitors. North Carolina required not only separate schools for black and white children but segregation of textbooks (‘Books shall not be … Continue reading

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An Awe-Inspiring Tudor Church: Lavenham, Suffolk

All the people you live among will see the Lord’s work, for what I am doing with you is awe-inspiring. Exodus 34:10 Lavenham church was completed in 1525 immediately before the religious upheavals of the 16th century.1 As a parish … Continue reading

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17th century snowflakes were protected

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