Category Archives: Media history

Launching the League: The foundation of the League of Nations Union in Kingston

One hundred years ago this month, in January, 1920, the League of Nations was officially launched, and the first meeting of the new League’s Council took place on 16th January. There have been times in history when the global has … Continue reading

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One of our highpoints of 2019: History at Kingston University achieved exceptional National Student Survey results

Looking back over the past year, one of our proudest moments came in mid-2019, as summed up in the following blog published at the time. The History undergraduate Degree at Kingston University has done exceptionally well in this year’s recently … Continue reading

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Ronald Ray Gun? ‘Star Wars’ and the U.S. Presidency in historical perspective

Did American Republican President Ronald Reagan allow his deep love of movies to shape his perceptions of domestic and world politics? During his time in the White House, Reagan often peppered his speeches with references to the ‘Rambo’ and ‘Dirty … 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 late 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 … Continue reading

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Fuel to the Fire? The effect of Internment on ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

Known by the name ‘Operation Demetrius’, a British Army operation led by RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) intelligence began in the early hours of 9th August, 1971, and saw the arrest of 342 people. More arrests were to come. In fact, … 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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