Category Archives: American history

Ronald Ray Gun? ‘Star Wars’ and the U.S. Presidency in historical perspective

Did American Republican President Ronald Reagan allow his deep love of movies to shape his perceptions of domestic and world politics? During his time in the White House, Reagan often peppered his speeches with references to the ‘Rambo’ and ‘Dirty … Continue reading

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Celebrating Black History Month in Britain

This month is Black History Month (BHM) in Britain. BHM is a month of events in October which takes place annually and celebrates the culture, history and achievements of Britain’s African, Asian and Caribbean communities in the country. Although the … Continue reading

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Four Pennies for Doomsday

It sounds like something out of a 1950s British comedy film. The ability of the United Kingdom to launch a counter-strike against a nuclear attack on the country in the 1960s was apparently dependent on the availability of four old copper pennies. … Continue reading

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History for the Gullible: Yet another conspiracy theory from David Icke

Why do so many people appear to believe that ‘secret’ forces are at work in the world, or that there is no ‘truth’ in the versions of the past written by academic historians? I have often pondered such questions in my research on the … Continue reading

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

Donald Trump just doesn’t get it, does he? Alternatively, he is in denial. Much more likely, however, is that he knows exactly what he is doing. President Trump simply refuses to accept that his incendiary words on race and ethnicity can lead … Continue reading

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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 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a day which began ‘Operation Overlord’ and the invasion of German-occupied France by the Allies, it … Continue reading

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‘Ike’ on the Hill: Kingston’s D-Day secret

When the History Dept at Kingston University put on a special talk in 2018 by three very research-active staff members to help commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, it proved to be one of the … Continue reading

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