Category Archives: French History

Terror! The French Revolution Confronts its Demons

Marisa Linton, Professor Emerita in History at Kingston University, has published a new book on the “Terror” in the French Revolution. Entitled Terreur! La Revolution francaise face a ses demons (Paris: Armand Colin, 2020), the book was co-written with Professeur … Continue reading

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A Year of Upheaval: ‘Red’ 1920 in retrospect

It is often assumed that when the Armistice was signed in November, 1918, the world entered a period of relative peace. Yet, as a number of historians have pointed out, the following year – 1919 – proved to be a … Continue reading

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Overview of Overlord: 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 recent anniversary of the D-Day landings, a day which began ‘Operation Overlord’ and the invasion of German-occupied France by the … Continue reading

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Under a ‘Rain of Bombs’: How the Dunkirk evacuation was reported in Kingston-on-Thames

Britain has just marked the 80th anniversary of what one war correspondent called at the time the ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk, the dramatic rescue of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from the beaches of the small Belgian seaside town, which took … Continue reading

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The world-view of Nesta Webster: a case study in conspiracy theory

With the seeming surge in conspiracy theories during the current coronavirus crisis, it is important to be aware of the history of such views, and understand the claims of some of the ‘classic’ advocates of these paranoid and distorted interpretations … Continue reading

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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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What the French Revolution Means Today

Marisa Linton, Professor Emerita at Kingston University in Surrey and an internationally renowned expert on the French Revolution, has recently spearheaded a major online rethinking of ‘What the French Revolution Means Today’. The rethinking takes the form of a virtual … Continue reading

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A Year of Upheaval: ‘Red’ 1920 in retrospect

It is often assumed that when the Armistice was signed in November, 1918, the world entered a period of relative peace. Yet, as a number of historians have pointed out, the following year – 1919 – proved to be a … Continue reading

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One of our highpoints of 2019: History at Kingston University achieved exceptional National Student Survey results

Looking back over the past year, one of our proudest moments came in mid-2019, as summed up in the following blog published at the time. The History undergraduate Degree at Kingston University has done exceptionally well in this year’s recently … 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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