Category Archives: European History

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 ‘Red’ Scare: middle-class fears of Bolshevism in south-west London, 1919-22

A little over one hundred years ago, in October, 1917 (depending upon which version of the calendar one uses) the Bolshevik party under Lenin achieved a dramatic seizure of power in key cities in Russia, a coup d’etat which sent a … 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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A Bridge Between Extremes: New study explores the fascist and marginal career of A.K. Chesterton

For anybody interested in the nature and growth of Britain’s extreme and racist right, a new biographical study of Arthur Kenneth (A.K.) Chesterton (1899-1973) will be essential reading. The new study, A.K. Chesterton and the Evolution of Britain’s Extreme Right, … Continue reading

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Secrets and Spies: Latchmere House in Wartime

A blog post I penned recently included some brief coverage of ‘Camp 020’, the secret MI5 interrogation centre at Latchmere House. I have received a number of enquiries about this, so here is a more detailed blog I wrote on … 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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Historians reflect on the UK public’s obsession with the Nazis

In any average week on the British cable and satellite TV channels, if a viewer is looking for war films with Nazi themes or documentaries on every aspect of the Third Reich, they will not be disappointed. Some of this … Continue reading

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