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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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The Red Cross meets the Suffragettes via an Indian Princess

To help celebrate NursesDay2020, we republish this fascinating blog by Dr. Sue Hawkins. The Red Cross’s Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) from World War One have in the past been saddled with a popular public image something akin to the Women’s … 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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Amazons against the Nazis: Women’s Home Defence in Wartime Britain

At the height of invasion fears in the summer of 1940, the British government asked for civilian volunteers ‘to go on duty against airborne invasion’ and be ‘entrusted with certain vital duties’ for which a knowledge of firearms would be necessary. Many … Continue reading

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History for the Gullible: another dose of conspiracy theory from David Icke

The arch-conspiracy theorist David Icke was given nearly two hours of airtime in an ‘interview’ on the cable TV channel ‘London Live’ on Wednesday evening (8th April, 2020) to air his madcap views. All his usual nonsense was on full … 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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A Bridge Between Extremes: New study explores the fascist and marginal career of A.K. Chesterton

For anybody interested in the nature and growth of Britain’s extreme and racist right, a new biographical study of Arthur Kenneth (A.K.) Chesterton (1899-1973) will be essential reading. The new study, A.K. Chesterton and the Evolution of Britain’s Extreme Right, … Continue reading

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Five facts about Kingston’s ‘hidden’ history

Spies, lies and secret lives. The secret side to history can be fascinating to explore, and is an exciting part of studying history at Kingston University, Surrey. The market town of Kingston-on-Thames itself has a ‘hidden’ side, and here we … Continue reading

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