Category Archives: African History

African Explorer: The brief but dramatic career of Joseph Moloney (1858-1896)

Being a historian is a bit like being a detective. A simple inscription on an old broken memorial led me to piece together a fascinating story about human endurance. The main cemetery in Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey contains the grave of … Continue reading

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A United Kingdom: a review and brief analysis

Billed as ‘the true story of a love that shook an empire’, the movie A United Kingdom opened the London Film Festival in October, 2016, before going on general cinema release in the UK. To date, box office receipts exceed £2 million. The … Continue reading

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Going Global: BBC launch new ‘World Histories’ magazine

The publishers of the very popular BBC History magazine, a monthly publication which covers all aspects of history and the past, but mainly with a focus on Britain and Europe, have just launched an exciting new companion magazine entitled World Histories. … Continue reading

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Mandela’s Arrest and the CIA: New evidence for historians?

Scholars of African colonial and apartheid history were given some possible new important evidence last weekend about the role of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Nelson Mandela’s arrest in August, 1962. In what was described by journalists as a … Continue reading

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Queen of Spies? The fascinating life of Daphne Park

A new book by author Paddy Hayes lifts the lid on some of the hidden aspects of the life of Daphne Park (1921-2010), who was born in Surrey and became arguably one of Britain’s most successful female spies in the … Continue reading

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