Category Archives: European History

An Age of Rage? A historical perspective on anger

Are we living in an age of anger? Why does everyone seem so steamed-up, aggressive or furious about certain aspects of today’s society? These are some of the intriguing questions that were posed by Zoe Williams, writing in the UK’s … Continue reading

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Dangerously Dictatorial? The nature of Viktor Orban’s ‘illiberal democracy’

Hungary’s General Election on 8th April, 2018, saw Prime Minister Viktor Orban win a landslide victory, giving him his third consecutive term in office. It is a major, but also very disturbing, achievement, and also creates all sorts of difficulties … Continue reading

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A Future Career shaped by a History Degree

At this time of the year, when students are thinking carefully about where to study and what type of degree to pursue, it is good to pause for breath and reflect briefly on the value of studying history and the … Continue reading

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In Defence of History: experts reject criticisms of their field of study

A short while ago I was faced with having to explain to a sceptical audience why it was still important to study the Ancient Greeks and their views of both history and politics. I pointed out that the Athenian thinker … Continue reading

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History as Hoax: Why the TV series ‘Hunting Hitler’ is fiction not fact

I have become alarmed at how many people appear to be taking the TV series Hunting Hitler seriously. The show, which started production in 2015 and has been aired on the History Channel, has now seen three seasons, the second … Continue reading

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Alt-America: New book explores the rise of the radical right in the age of Trump

A new book by U.S. journalist and historian David Neiwert, Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump (Verso, 2017), explores how the American extreme right has been growing steadily since the 1990s and has now received a considerable … Continue reading

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Secret Heroism: Remembering the ‘listeners’ of Bletchley Park

Many of us are now familiar with the story of Bletchley Park, the British government’s top-secret code-breaking establishment in World War Two, and the huge achievements of some of the key staff there, such as Alan Turing. Bletchley Park secretly … Continue reading

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