May 15 2012

What’s it all about?

Mostly history that’s not the speciffically the history of Crete or Greece. Some of the articles were originally produced as essays for my History BA (as will be obvious I suspect!) and others are articles on historical topics that take my fancy. Feel free to comment either on the page or via The picture …

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Jan 15 2013

Little known (or remembered) historical facts #5: …without any King or House of Lords.

Declaration of the English Commonwealth 1649

An Act Declaring and Constituting the people of England to be a Commonwealth and Free-State. Be it Declared and Enacted by this Parliament, and by the authority of the same, That the People of England, and of all the Dominions and Territories thereunto belonging, are and shall be, and are hereby Constituted, Made, Established and …

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Jan 08 2013

Little known historical facts #4: Cigarettes – Highly Recommended by the Medical Faculty

They come 'Highly recommended by the Medical Faculty'...honest.

Not sure which ‘ Medical Faculty’, though the jacket is rather fetching. Advert in The Graphic, February 1908.

Dec 03 2012

Dublin Fish and Chips – via the Dogger Bank and Odessa

In 1904 the Imperial Russian government was faced with an awkward dilemma. As a result of a longstanding dispute over who should control Manchuria and Korea, on 8th February, three hours before the formal declaration of war, a Japanese fleet had attacked the Russian fleet anchored in Port Arthur, Korea, sinking and damaging a number …

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Sep 04 2012

Little known historical facts #3: The Brazilian Crusader.

Just what's going on under all that tin?

  While the crusades to the middle east are known for many things, not least the continuing suspicion that lingers between the Christian and Muslim religions and the part the Fourth Crusade played in the downfall of the (Christian but Orthodox) Byzantine Empire, it’s not impossible that one of the more exotic practices of the …

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Jul 02 2012

Little known historical fact # 2: Gladstone’s Bike – a correction

Gladstones bike

Sitting at the PC the other day trying to get my thoughts about Col. Timeleon Vassos* in order, as one does, when I strayed into one of the many areas of history about which I know next to nothing i.e. the life and times of William Ewart Gladstone FRS FSS (29 December 1809 – 19 May …

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May 31 2012

Little known historical facts #1


On the 7th May 1942 after two and a half days fighting in which 250 died and over 600 were wounded, outnumbered Vichy French forces in Antsirane, Madagascar, capitulated to a British and Commonwealth force under command of Major General Robert Sturges RM. Three days later the British held a victory parade in the town, …

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May 15 2012

Was there anything fundamentally new about the anti-Semitism that spread in Europe in the late 19th Century?

  Thie anti-Semitism that spread in Europe in the later part of the 19th century was a new form of an old curse; one influenced as much if not more by notions of economics, nationhood and race than by religious beliefs. However the appearance of ‘modern’ anti-Semitism did not mean that the previous forms of …

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May 15 2012

19C European Armies – Good at coping with technological change, bad at social change?

  European armies underwent a period of immense technical change during the ‘long’ nineteenth century; beginning in an era of massed ranks firing smooth bore, single shot, flintlock muskets and ending in an age of the empty battle field, magazine fed rifles and machine guns. While the technological changes were occurring vast social changes were …

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May 15 2012

WWI – Differing experiences in western and eastern Europe

How different were the experiences of the First World War in Western Europe and Eastern Europe? The manner in which the First World War was experienced will clearly depend on who, where, and when the experiences in question occurred. This piece looks very briefly at the experiences of British troops in the campaigns on the …

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