Category Archives: American history

Trump and Johnson: Two peas from the same populist pod?

Historians will have much to write about when they look back on current affairs in Britain and America, and the rightwing brand of ‘identity’ politics will be a major aspect of this. When it comes to the negative impact of … Continue reading

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A Year of Upheaval: ‘Red’ 1920 in retrospect

It is often assumed that when the Armistice was signed in November, 1918, the world entered a period of relative peace. Yet, as a number of historians have pointed out, the following year – 1919 – proved to be a … Continue reading

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Overview of Overlord: Uncovering Kingston’s role in the 1944 D-Day landings

It is no exaggeration to say that D-Day, the 6th June, 1944, is a day that changed history. With the recent anniversary of the D-Day landings, a day which began ‘Operation Overlord’ and the invasion of German-occupied France by the … Continue reading

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Recycling the Past? Donald Trump and his ‘America First’ creed

Here we go again. According to the London Times newspaper (April 22), President Donald Trump has resurrected ‘America First’ as a key election issue: he has sought to ‘revive a central theme of his 2016 election win’ by announcing plans … Continue reading

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History for the Gullible: another dose of conspiracy theory from David Icke

The arch-conspiracy theorist David Icke was given nearly two hours of airtime in an ‘interview’ on the cable TV channel ‘London Live’ on Wednesday evening (8th April, 2020) to air his madcap views. All his usual nonsense was on full … Continue reading

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The authoritarian nature of Viktor Orban’s ‘illiberal democracy’: A historical perspective

One of the worrying consequences of the current coronavirus crisis is that leaders with authoritarian tendencies are using it as an opportunity to exploit the emergency and entrench their powers. Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary is the latest stark … Continue reading

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Five facts about Kingston’s ‘hidden’ history

Spies, lies and secret lives. The secret side to history can be fascinating to explore, and is an exciting part of studying history at Kingston University, Surrey. The market town of Kingston-on-Thames itself has a ‘hidden’ side, and here we … Continue reading

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Launching the League: The foundation of the League of Nations Union in Kingston

One hundred years ago this month, in January, 1920, the League of Nations was officially launched, and the first meeting of the new League’s Council took place on 16th January. There have been times in history when the global has … Continue reading

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A Year of Upheaval: ‘Red’ 1920 in retrospect

It is often assumed that when the Armistice was signed in November, 1918, the world entered a period of relative peace. Yet, as a number of historians have pointed out, the following year – 1919 – proved to be a … Continue reading

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Russia in NATO? Newly-released files offer glimpse into UK’s foreign policy thinking in mid-1990s

The latest batch of declassified British government files, released to The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, south-west London, in the New Year, offer some intriguing insights into the secret foreign policy deliberations that took place under John Major’s Conservative administration … Continue reading

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