Category Archives: European History

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 and Caribbean communities in the country. Although the event had … 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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Kim Philby confession part of latest MI5 files released to the National Archives

A two-page confession made by Kim Philby, a double-agent and one of the most infamous British traitors of the Cold War, has been made public for the first time. It is part of the latest round of MI5 (Security Service) … 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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Nazis and Witches: New article explores Himmler’s witch hunt

According to an interesting new article, the Third Reich’s obsession with a ‘pure’ Germanic past led to a renewed interest in the witch hunts that took place in early modern Germany. Writing in the new issue of History Today (September, … 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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The ‘Cold War’ season continues at the National Archives

Are you looking for somewhere unusual to visit over the Summer? The National Archives (TNA), at Kew in south-west London, has provided details about the latest events in its ongoing ‘Cold War’ season, ‘Britain’s Cold War Revealed’, which started in April, 2019 … Continue reading

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