Category Archives: Media history

Rejoicing and Mourning: Responses in Kingston to news of the Armistice in 1918

The end of the First World War brought great joy to many people in cities, towns, villages and numerous other communities across the British Isles, but at the same time there was also sadness and some poignant scenes for the thousands who … Continue reading

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Fighting Franco: Commemorating the British volunteers in the Spanish Civil War

Eighty years ago this month, on 28th October, 1938, the volunteers of the ‘British Battalion’ joined the other volunteer Battalions of the International Brigades (IB) in Spain and held a poignant farewell parade, which included the transfer of their flags and … Continue reading

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Latest BBC History magazine offers a sound defence of studying History

The latest issue of the popular and best-selling BBC History magazine (October, 2018), which devotes its main article to Anne Boleyn (‘A victim of her father’s ambition?’), and also reflects on the nature of appeasement in the 1930s, includes some very sound advice, … Continue reading

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A Future Career Based on the Past: the benefits of studying History at postgraduate level

Why study history at postgraduate level? At this time of the year, when students are about to commence or re-commence their study of the past in History Departments at Universities right across Britain, including here at Kingston, it is good to pause … Continue reading

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Mussolinism in Kingston: How the Italian dictator caused local controversy

After days of political and constitutional stalemate, Italy now has a new government, made up of two populist and controversial parties in an uneasy alliance: the Five-Star Movement and the League (formerly the Northern League). Both parties have referred to … Continue reading

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