Category Archives: Media history

Rewriting history: Russia invents an alternative Chernobyl story

In 1986 public opinion around the world was shocked when the full extent of the nuclear disaster that had occurred from an explosion at Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine slowly became clear. Approximately 350,000 … Continue reading

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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 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, a day which began ‘Operation Overlord’ and the invasion of German-occupied France by the Allies, it … Continue reading

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When the Bombs fell: The impact of wartime air raids on Kingston

The recent discovery of an unexploded Second World War bomb on a building site near Kingston University’s Penrhyn Road campus was a good reminder of how the local area suffered some considerable attention from the German Luftwaffe during the years 1939-1941. Kingston University’s … Continue reading

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State of Emergency: Kingston and the General Strike of 1926

One of the areas of expertise in Kingston University’s History Department is in-depth knowledge of the interwar period and, in particular, some of the key political and social upheavals of the 1920s and 1930s. A good example is knowledge of … Continue reading

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‘Ike’ on the Hill: Kingston’s D-Day secret

When the History Dept at Kingston University put on a special talk in 2018 by three very research-active staff members to help commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, it proved to be one of the … Continue reading

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Erasing the Past: China’s censorship of the events of 1989

It is probably one of the most famous images of the late 20th century: a lone Chinese man showed incredible courage back in 1989, by defiantly standing in front of some Chinese tanks, apparently trying to block their way. Yet … Continue reading

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Regal Racist: New article explores the strange life of Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk

A new article in the journal Patterns of Prejudice, jointly penned by the historian Graham Macklin and Routledge social sciences books editor Craig Fowlie, has lifted the lid on the truly strange life and controversial career of Count Geoffrey Potocki de … Continue reading

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