Category Archives: European History

Is America still haunted by its past? New edition of BBC’s ‘World Histories’ magazine explores the question

The publishers of the very popular BBC History magazine, a monthly publication which investigates all aspects of history and the past, recently launched an exciting new companion magazine entitled World Histories, and issue no. 7 of this has just been … Continue reading

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The Big Con: Throwing some light on the role of conspiracy theory in history

I recently gave a talk on the role of conspiracy theory in history, and tried to address the very difficult question of why so many people appear to believe that ‘secret’ forces are at work in the world, and allow themselves … Continue reading

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Launching the League: The foundation of the League of Nations Union in Kingston

There are times in history when the global will very much influence the local, and during the interwar period Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey saw a burst of activity from a local lobby group which was designed to both promote the new … Continue reading

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Historian sets up TV company to counter misleading portrayals of great women

British historian Bettany Hughes, who is well-known for her writings about the ancient past and for her television documentary appearances, has helped set up a TV company in order to counter what she has called the ‘misleading’ portrayals of great … Continue reading

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Upcoming Talk at Kingston University: ‘The French Revolution: Terror, Conspiracy and the Guillotine’

Kingston University History Research Seminar Series Dr. Marisa Linton Associate Professor of History at Kingston University and a leading international expert on all aspects of the French Revolution, will be speaking on:  ‘The French Revolution: Terror, Conspiracy and the Guillotine’  … Continue reading

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Red Scare: Surbiton and Fears of Bolshevism

One hundred years ago this October (depending upon which version of the calendar one uses) the Bolshevik party under Lenin achieved a dramatic seizure of power in Russia, a coup d’etat which sent a chill of fear across much of Europe, … Continue reading

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A New Side to Clement Attlee? Fresh evidence from British archives

The image of British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in the historiography has often been one of a shy, rather reserved but efficient individual, who was primarily interested in carefully planned domestic reform in post-war Britain, but also had notable distrust … Continue reading

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