Category Archives: World 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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A Year of Upheaval: ‘Red’ 1920 in retrospect

It is often assumed that when the Armistice was signed in November, 1918, the world entered a period of relative peace. Yet, as a number of historians have pointed out, the following year – 1919 – proved to be a … Continue reading

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Russia in NATO? Newly-released files offer glimpse into UK’s foreign policy thinking in mid-1990s

The latest batch of declassified British government files, released to The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, south-west London, in the New Year, offer some intriguing insights into the secret foreign policy deliberations that took place under John Major’s Conservative administration … 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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