Category Archives: Irish History

African Explorer: The brief but dramatic career of Joseph Moloney (1858-1896)

Being a historian is a bit like being a detective. A simple inscription on an old broken memorial led me to piece together a fascinating story about human endurance. The main cemetery in Kingston-on-Thames in Surrey contains the grave of … Continue reading

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Another Kind of War: IRA Terror incidents in the Thames Valley area in 1939

Terrorism has been very much in our minds in recent months, for obvious reasons, and historians have increasingly turned their attention to the nature of terror campaigns and how such activities were conducted in the past. What lessons can we … Continue reading

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Just 14? Secrecy row over latest TNA files release

One of the highlights for scholars of contemporary history of that nicely peaceful few days between Christmas and the New Year in the UK has been the annual December release of the latest newly-declassified official files to the National Archives (TNA) at Kew. … Continue reading

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First to draft the past? Seminar hears views on journalism and history

To what extent does a journalist produce a ‘first draft’ of history as it happens? What are the similarities and differences in the research techniques and working methods of journalists and historians? A fascinating dialogue took place on the relationship … Continue reading

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