This January is the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points. Wilson addressed to congress a 14-point programme to aid with universal peace on January 8th, 1918. These peace negotiations were intended to take affect after World War I. On the face of it, the 14 points looked as if they were a “cure” to … More Woodrow Wilson & the 14 Points
When President Woodrow Wilson implored congress for a “war to end all wars” that would “make the world safe for democracy,” he made reference to the incursion upon United States neutrality in the German Empire’s resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare. Such warfare had has its incitation’s of military intervention in Europe overruled by Anti-War lobbies … More The Zimmerman Telegram-The Provocateur’s Poorly Perpetrated Ploy
As many of you will know Canada and parts of the United States have historical ties to France. Today, Canada recognises French as an official language along with English and the recognised native languages of Chipewyann, Cree, Gwitch’ in, Inuinnqtun, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, South Slavey and the Dogrib language. This post will explain the … More Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain- Formation of New France
Although Greenland has always been one of the more remote places of the world, its position leaves it with a potentially very significant role to play in any world-wide conflict. The Geographical location of Greenland is important for three reasons, the first being that it is part of the land that forms the ‘GIUK Gap’ … More The Role of Greenland in WW2 and The Cold War
Let me take you away to the white taiga of the north of Europe today. Where lakes cover the land, and the tundra approaches on the horizon. Okay, it may not be Lapland with all its mythos, but this border region has been a very contested area of influence up in Scandinavia. Swedes, Finns and … More Karjala – In search of Karelia
The society of 17th century Europe loved luxury items. And as it happens one of these artefacts brought two nations to conflict. There was not a war per se, but rather what perhaps could be considered one of he first espionage trifles in history. This is a story about how France and Venice became political … More …Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…Was it Espionage After All? The “War of Mirrors” in 17th century France and Venice
One word has appeared more regularly in the news and media than any other in recent months and years and this is the European Union or EU. Whether this is because of financial reasons such as in Greece within the debt crisis or political with David Cameron’s dispute with the EU of the Britain’s role … More The ‘United States of Europe’.
So it’s that time of year again, we’ve all by now finished our scrumptious Christmas dinners, whether Turkey; Goose or vegetarian alternative (thankfully not banned this year as under Oliver Cromwell’s reign as lord protector in England, Scrooge), lost track of the amount of presents we’ve carefully wrapped; which are then subsequently ripped apart by … More A Christmas Truce