I think it best I preface this with some definitions otherwise someone will revolt. Second International= Organisation of Socialist and Labour parties. ISB= International Socialist Bureau- Permanent organisers of the above. ISC= International Socialist Comission- Like the above but friendly to the Zimmerwald Movement. SDP= Social Democrat Party- just testing you on this one! This was the state … More The Zimmerwald Movement: Why you shouldn’t bring socialism to the dinner table.
I thought I’d do something different this time and drop by a little story about the Muses with the concept of if History no longer existed. “Why History Miss Antiquity?” “Please, Calliope, and why not History?” She responded, reclining in her lush blue chair, lifting her crystal glass to her pink lips and I just … More The Muses.
The history of the British suffragette movement is likely to be well known to many. It began in the late 1890s and early 1900s, with campaigns from women across Britain leading to the Representation of the People Act in 1918 which granted women over the age of 30 (who met minimum property qualifications) the vote. … More Suffragettes And The Census: The 1911 Protest
Medieval London was a thriving cultural and political playground, with a multitude of different trades. The focus of this article is apprenticeships in London and the types of crafts people took on. Apprenticeships usually started when a boy or girl was around 14 to 17 years old. The opportunity to learn a craft signified the … More Apprenticeships in Medieval London
I’ve been reading some interesting stuff lately from Laura Clouting (Imperial War Museum) on fashion and trade during the Second World War and how things develop in Britain in this industry from there on. As we all have very ingrained in our minds, this was indeed a period of great austerity in the UK with … More Fashion Trends in the Age of Austerity
Espionage is not always the first topic that comes to mind when thinking about World War Two. In fact, most World War espionage stories are most likely still untold. Yet, espionage was massively signifcant when referring to the successes of the British Army. Britain’s Special Operations Executive (S.O.E), active between 1940 and … More Britain’s secret World War Heroines: Female Espionage in World War II
In A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway described the desolate environment of the Soča Valley: “There was fighting for that mountain too … the branches were bare and the trunks black with rain. The vineyards were thin and bare-branched too and all the country wet and brown and dead with autumn.” It is hard to … More THE ELEVENTH BATTLE OF THE ISONZO: A FORGOTTEN SACRIFICE?
The events that led Victoria to the throne involved a love match, national mourning and a race for royal princes to procreate quickly, quietly and efficiently. The sons of George III had a race to provide him with a suitable grandchild to continue the house of Hanover and naturally the most pressure fell on his … More Princess Charlotte and the road to Victoria
Since before 3500 BC people have been putting defensive walls around their settlements. As I’m sure you all know, these pesky walls and fortifications can be a real pain when you want to get inside somewhere for whatever reason. Maybe you’re at war with the occupants, maybe they have something of yours, like some loot … More Siege Warfare Through the Ages – Which Siege Tactics Are Right For You?