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Terror! The French Revolution Confronts its Demons

Marisa Linton, Professor Emerita in History at Kingston University, has published a new book on the “Terror” in the French Revolution. Entitled Terreur! La Revolution francaise face a ses demons (Paris: Armand Colin, 2020), the book was co-written with Professeur … Continue reading

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Clement Attlee and the Secret State: Recent evidence from British archives

As we recall the surprise election of Clement Attlee as Britain’s Prime Minister 75 years ago this summer, and his role in reconstructing Britain after the war, it is a good moment to also consider recent evidence on the more … 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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Overview of Overlord: 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 recent anniversary of the D-Day landings, a day which began ‘Operation Overlord’ and the invasion of German-occupied France by the … Continue reading

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Early reactions to Mussolini in Britain: The case of Kingston

The dramatic rise of Benito Mussolini to the leadership of Italy, and his destruction of liberal democracy, engendered a variety of reactions at local level in Britain in the 1920s, some of them (in hindsight) surprisingly supportive of the new … Continue reading

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

Eighty two years ago, 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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After Hitler: Why did Nazi Germany fight on?

Seventy-five years ago, after Hitler’s suicide in his bunker in Berlin, his chosen successor, Grand-Admiral Donitz, was briefly the new leader of a Germany that, astonishingly, fought on for a few more days. Donitz did not concede defeat until 7th … Continue reading

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From Russia With Hate: Looking back on Pamyat and other neo-fascists

Many moons ago, during the early 1990s, and not long after the surprise collapse of the Berlin Wall and Eastern Bloc Communism, I became increasingly interested in the emergence of far right groups in post-Soviet Russia, and – as a … Continue reading

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The world-view of Nesta Webster: a case study in conspiracy theory

With the seeming surge in conspiracy theories during the current coronavirus crisis, it is important to be aware of the history of such views, and understand the claims of some of the ‘classic’ advocates of these paranoid and distorted interpretations … Continue reading

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