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Fifth Column Fears in Kingston, 1939-1940: A Brief Survey

A few years ago I carried out some research on wartime fears about ‘Fifth Column’ activities in Richmond-on-Thames, Surrey, and the extraordinary degree of paranoia that gripped some of the local townspeople at the time about the possible activities of … Continue reading

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Searching for the Real Story: the challenge of biographical research

Why have some major political ideologues and activists often been tempted to fabricate or spin myths about their own lives? Moreover, what research challenges do such people pose for the historian when it comes to writing accurately about their careers? … Continue reading

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Queen of Spies? The fascinating life of Daphne Park

A new book by author Paddy Hayes lifts the lid on some of the hidden aspects of the life of Daphne Park (1921-2010), who was born in Surrey and became arguably one of Britain’s most successful female spies in the … Continue reading

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Secrets and Spies: Latchmere House in Wartime

I have a fascination with ‘secret history’, especially when it has local connections. During World War Two captured enemy spies were taken to Camp 020, located south-west of London. The Camp was a secret interrogation centre run by MI5, the … Continue reading

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