Portraits of Native Americans by George Catlin

In this week’s blog post I am going to look at the work of George Catlin, a nineteenth century artist and writer who painted and interacted with Native Americans along the advancing American frontier. I want to establish how easy or difficult the task was, how events and opinions forming in the background affected the … More Portraits of Native Americans by George Catlin

An overview of the art and religion of the Aborigines in Australia

Hello readers, this week I was challenged to write a blog post on the art and religion of the Aborigines in Australia as part of the blog challenge here at wuhstry. Since I don’t really look at religious or art history, this was a completely different area of the past for me to look at. … More An overview of the art and religion of the Aborigines in Australia

Recruitment to the British army during the First World War

As part of the First World War themed month here at WUHstry, I will be exploring recruitment to the British army during the First World War. The British army at the outbreak of the war numbered 700,000 whereas the German wartime army was over 3.7 million strong. To fight such a large-scale modern war Britain … More Recruitment to the British army during the First World War

Edward Oxford, the man who almost killed Queen Victoria

As Britain longest reigning monarch, who would have thought that Queen Victoria’s life could have been ended so early in her reign in 1840? Only three years before had she been announced Queen on the turn of her eighteenth birthday, freeing herself from the control of her Controller of her household Sir John Conway. However … More Edward Oxford, the man who almost killed Queen Victoria

Saburo Ienaga and the fight against Textbook Censorship

For this week’s blog update I am going to talk about the Japanese historian and educator Saburo Ienaga (1913-2002) and his lawsuits against the Japanese Ministry of Education (MOE) from 1965 to their climax in 1997. His struggle against textbook censorship was one of the most important social and political struggles in Post-war Japan and … More Saburo Ienaga and the fight against Textbook Censorship

A brief look at the early stages of Dunamase Castle, Ireland

As part of the tag challenge month I am going to briefly investigate the two themes of Ireland and Castles and Fortifications. Castles were, for the most part, military structures that were constructed in areas along frontiers to stop enemies from moving through their owners land. They could also be used aggressively both as a … More A brief look at the early stages of Dunamase Castle, Ireland

The Occupation of Alcatraz Island: November 1969- June 1971

For this week’s blog post I am going to be talking about the occupation of the Island of Alcatraz in 1969 by group of Native American Indians known collectively as the Indians of All Tribes. Located offshore from San Francisco Bay California, this historical island is most recognised as a dangerous and tough prison for … More The Occupation of Alcatraz Island: November 1969- June 1971