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COVID-19 Agricultural Crisis? We have been here before – in World War One

On 20th May, 2020, The Guardian newspaper ran the headline ‘Farmers still need up to 40,000 workers to harvest fruit and veg’. As lockdown continues for many people and the summer picking season reaches its height, farmers in the UK … Continue reading

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Secret Heroism: Remembering the ‘listeners’ of Bletchley Park

As we recall the end of the war in Europe 75 years ago, in May, 1945, and remember the eventual end of full hostilities in the Far East a few months later in August, 1945, it is also worth reminding … Continue reading

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Subverting the Subversives: Did MI5 infiltrate the British entertainment industry?

In 2018 some revealing new claims were put forward that the British domestic Security Service, MI5, was not just involved with monitoring and collecting intelligence on political movements and individuals deemed as potential threats to the state in the post-war … 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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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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Nazis and Witches: New article explores Himmler’s witch hunt

According to an interesting new article, the Third Reich’s obsession with a ‘pure’ Germanic past led to a renewed interest in the witch hunts that took place in early modern Germany. Writing in the new issue of History Today (September, … 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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The Goebbels Quandary: German government in dilemma over bungalow used by Nazi propagandist

Retain or demolish? A luxury bungalow used by the notorious Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has raised difficult ethical questions about the ways in which buildings associated with dictatorship and intolerance in the past should be treated in the present. … Continue reading

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