Category Archives: Media history

Winston and the Aliens: Churchill believed in extra-terrestrial intelligence

Take us to your leader. A newly-discovered typewritten essay written by former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill appears to show how he anticipated later findings about the conditions required for the existence of alien life in other galaxies. The unpublished 11-page … Continue reading

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Trump versus Roosevelt: two leaders compared

The American fascination with, or possibly contempt for, Donald Trump’s election as President has spawned a new wave of documentaries and newspaper articles by commentators attempting to compare Trump to Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919). Trump’s victory, in the face of the opinion … Continue reading

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‘Little Englander’: some personal thoughts on a contested label

In a teaching session recently I was asked about the term ‘Little Englander’ – what it means, why it is used and where it comes from. I had to admit that, while it is one of those terms that many historians … Continue reading

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A United Kingdom: a review and brief analysis

Billed as ‘the true story of a love that shook an empire’, the movie A United Kingdom opened the London Film Festival in October, 2016, before going on general cinema release in the UK. To date, box office receipts exceed £2 million. The … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s Germanophobia? Newly-released files offer more clues

The latest round of declassified files from The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, south-west London, released last Friday (30th December), offer some further fascinating insights into Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister (PM) in the 1980s. The files, which mainly cover the … Continue reading

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The Christmas Truce of 1914: not unique?

Speaking in 1963 for a BBC series on the Great War, the author Henry Williamson, whose best-known work probably remains Tarka the Otter, gave some fascinating details about what he witnessed in December, 1914, when he was serving as a private in … Continue reading

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