Grigori Rasputin- a man whose legend has defined him, who is not as well-known as he should be. Rasputin in popular culture is defined through the film Anastasia as the main villain: as the individual that tried to kidnap Anastasia, who put a curse on the Romanov family. But for me, he is best remembered through the words … More Rasputin- There Was a Cat That Really Was Gone
When you think of China in the modern-day, you think of a communist/socialist state, a place of beauty with the Great Wall, and a country whose cuisine has spread worldwide. However there was a time when China did have its own emperor, and was not ran by either the Japanese or Mao. Image of Henry … More Who Was China’s Last Emperor?
With the WADA report and the Rio 2016 games highlighting doping still happens in sport, did it really end with the Cold War? … More Did Cold War Doping Ever Stop?
Two men from very different backgrounds, with very different ideas on implementing their ideas, but with the same common core: universalism. Edmund Burke In one corner you have Edmund Burke, the Irish Whig politician, whom Sarah Palin (though not always the best backer, as seen through her Trump backing) once praised as one of the … More Burke or De Condorcet, who was the true king of Universalism?
Image of the famous Bed As a child, the 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks often filled me with joy, with the mix of animation, upbeat songs and fun story providing me with many hours of entertainment as a child. The film for you of those that haven’t watched it (if not, get on Netflix now to … More Film Review- Bedknobs and Broomsticks- The Best Film to Teach British History?
As part of WUHstry’s tag challenge, this blog will focus upon a man who is often overlooked at this time of year, and at a time of year where in the mid 17th century celebrations were restricted. The man in question is Oliver Cromwell, whom was in charge of England after the English Civil War of … More Oliver Cromwell- The Man that Banned Christmas
As a keen blogger for WuHstry, I have covered a vast range of subjects, mainly sport related, so you can imagine the difficulty in coming up with an idea for a new blog post can sometimes be challenging. This post in particular was inspired by something my girlfriend said, with of course Thanksgiving being celebrated … More Thanksgiving- The Background on the National Holiday of America
As part of my dissertation research into the football in Basingstoke in the late nineteenth century, I look at an event which perhaps has gone massively unnoticed in the modern era, but shook the walls of not only the Basingstoke local governance, but a problem for parliament as well. An image of the old Basingstoke … More The Basingstoke Riots- Did the Salvation Army go too far!
As a man who has spent most of his life on Old Basing, the relevance of Basing House has been something often slipped by under my nose, even though I often saw memories of it on a daily basis. Yet on a recent trip to the ruins, unlike through previous visits during childhood, I was … More Basing House- Is it One of the Most Underrated Symbols of Early Modern British History?
As many of you know, Winchester is famously known for having an influential college in the 19th century, with the boys school playing an integral part to the community. For the boys, sport and recreational events allowed for competitions, not only amongst the other houses within the school but against other boys schools. But for … More Why did Winchester Play Rugby rather than Football in the 19th Century?