Category Archives: British history

Radical readers in Richmond: New research explores the Left Book Club of the 1930s

New research by a member of Kingston University’s cutting-edge History teaching team offers some fascinating insights into the local impact of the famous Left Book Club of the 1930s. Published by Dr. Steven Woodbridge in the latest issue of the … 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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When the Bombs fell: The impact of wartime air raids on Kingston

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus was a good reminder of how the local area suffered some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe during the years 1939-1941. Kingston University’s … Continue reading

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State of Emergency: Kingston and the General Strike of 1926

One of the areas of expertise in Kingston University’s History Department is in-depth knowledge of the interwar period and, in particular, some of the key political and social upheavals of the 1920s and 1930s. A good example is knowledge of … 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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Regal Racist: New article explores the strange life of Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk

A new article in the journal Patterns of Prejudice, jointly penned by the historian Graham Macklin and Routledge social sciences books editor Craig Fowlie, has lifted the lid on the truly strange life and controversial career of Count Geoffrey Potocki de … Continue reading

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More details released on new ‘Cold War’ season at the National Archives

The National Archives (TNA), at Kew in south-west London, has provided some further exciting details about its new ‘Cold War’ season, ‘Britain’s Cold War Revealed’, which starts in April, 2019. The Cold War, which lasted from approx. 1945-1991, was a 46-year stand-off … Continue reading

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