Category Archives: History skills

Rewriting history: Russia’s invention of an alternative Chernobyl story

It was a real pleasure to see the TV drama Chernobyl pick up a number of BAFTA 2020 TV awards last Friday, including one for Jared Harris, one of the lead actors in the series. The drama was arguably one … Continue reading

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How a conspiracy theory bit the dust: Hess was indeed Hess

One of the big challenges for professional historians in recent years has been the worrying growth of conspiracy theory. Highly questionable claims with no empirical evidence often spread like wild-fire across the internet and, disturbingly for scholars, are regularly taken … Continue reading

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Past and Present: Why studying History tells us who we really are

In 2017 the historian Sir David Cannadine, in his capacity as president of the British Academy, made a strong and very welcome defence of the study of his subject, pointing out that the academic investigation of the past is necessary … Continue reading

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Secret Heroism: Remembering the ‘listeners’ of Bletchley Park

As we recall the end of the war in Europe 75 years ago, in May, 1945, and remember the eventual end of full hostilities in the Far East a few months later in August, 1945, it is also worth reminding … Continue reading

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Subverting the Subversives: Did MI5 infiltrate the British entertainment industry?

In 2018 some revealing new claims were put forward that the British domestic Security Service, MI5, was not just involved with monitoring and collecting intelligence on political movements and individuals deemed as potential threats to the state in the post-war … Continue reading

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Wake Up! Invasion fears in Surrey during early World War One

By late 1914, it had become very apparent to people in Britain that the ‘great war’ would not be ‘over by Christmas’, as many had initially predicted and hoped. Moreover, as 1914 gave way to the new year of 1915, … Continue reading

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Superb new issue of ‘Richmond History’ journal

Do you want to read the remarkable story of Vincenzo Lunardi and the part that Richmond-on-Thames in south-west London played in this fascinating episode in history? This, and a good number of other very interesting articles, can be found in … Continue reading

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Digital Decay: Should historians be worried?

The problem of ‘digital decay’ could become a difficult challenge for historians in the future. We re-publish a piece on this tricky conundrum from April, 2015. Here’s a major technological challenge that might face the next generation of historians. Everybody … Continue reading

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