Myths of History: The Battle of Britain (July -October 1940)

After the defeat of France in June 1940, Britain alone and faced the might of the armed forces of...

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Historical computer games and collective memory

Historical computer games, much like historical films, are perhaps entitled to a little ‘artistic licence’. The obvious example being...

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At War with Donald Duck

During the Second World War, Walt Disney became closely associated with the American propaganda effort. One character in particular...

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The positive uses of TV as Public History

In 1994 social historian Raphael Samuel warned those associated with the academic discipline of history to not dismiss the...

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The Miskito Kingdom: The third power in Central America

While it is easy to see colonial American history as the straightforward clash of European Empires, fighting over land...

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“Operation Barbarossa” June – December 1941: Why it Failed

At 3.15 am in the morning on Sunday June 22nd 1941, Adolf Hitler launched “Operation Barbarossa”- the invasion of...

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History is actually useful, who knew!

We often study the past because we have a fascination with a certain century, period or topic. Something stands...

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The Planners dilemma: Do we really need old buildings?

I thought I would briefly write about a question that has been on my mind for quite some time...

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‘Undesirable Aliens’? – The contribution of immigrant groups to British society and culture

A couple of years ago, I happened to come across a video on YouTube entitled ‘Mass Immigration and the...

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The Road to Apartheid: the entrenchment of racism in early twentieth century South Africa

When people think of South African history, their thoughts tend to jump to the notorious apartheid regime which lasted...

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