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Trump and Johnson: Two peas from the same populist pod?

Historians will have much to write about when they look back on current affairs in Britain and America, and the rightwing brand of ‘identity’ politics will be a major aspect of this. When it comes to the negative impact of … 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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Recycling the Past? Donald Trump and his ‘America First’ creed

Here we go again. According to the London Times newspaper (April 22), President Donald Trump has resurrected ‘America First’ as a key election issue: he has sought to ‘revive a central theme of his 2016 election win’ by announcing plans … Continue reading

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The authoritarian nature of Viktor Orban’s ‘illiberal democracy’: A historical perspective

One of the worrying consequences of the current coronavirus crisis is that leaders with authoritarian tendencies are using it as an opportunity to exploit the emergency and entrench their powers. Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Hungary is the latest stark … Continue reading

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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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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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Donald Trump and Boris Johnson: Two peas from the same populist pod?

Donald Trump just doesn’t get it, does he? Alternatively, he is in denial. Much more likely, however, is that he knows exactly what he is doing. President Trump simply refuses to accept that his incendiary words on race and ethnicity can lead … 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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