My Time at University

I haven’t posted on this blog for a long time. My studies (especially my dissertation) took up a lot of my time this year, but now that I have graduated I hope that I can get back to writing more posts. This is just a quick post about my time at Uni, and hopefully give…

The Christmas Truce of 1914

The Christmas truce of 1914 saw around 100,000 troops on sections of the Western Front put down their weapons in a series of unofficial ceasefires. The origins and reasoning for this event are not entirely known, but it is estimated the ceasefires spread across approximately two-thirds of the 30-mile British Expeditionary Force (BEF) front.[1] It…

The Easter Uprising of 1916

On the 24th of April 1916, the streets of Dublin saw six days of bitter fighting between Irish nationalists and the British Army. The issue around Home Rule in Ireland had been a political topic for many years, particularly leading up to the First World War. Home Rule would provide Ireland with a limited degree…

The Reichstag Fire of 1933: The key to Dictatorship?

On the 27th of February, 1933, the German parliament building (The Reichstag) was burnt down in an arson attack. The fire caused around $1 million worth of damages to the building before it was able to be dealt with, and a young Dutchman was arrested at the scene.[1] He was Marinus van der Lubbe, a…

The British General Strike of 1926

The General strike of 1926, lasting from the 4th – 12th of May, was the largest industrial dispute in Britain’s history.[1] The mass strike movement occurred during a time of economic hardship within Britain, as they tried to recover from the First World War. The war is also particularly relevant to the General Strike, as…

The 1945 British General Election

The 1945 general election saw a shock result in the history of British politics. Winston Churchill, wartime hero and assumed winner, was defeated by a landslide victory for Clement Atlee’s Labour Party. Why, then, did Churchill’s seemingly easy victory not occur? The scale of the defeat for the Conservatives is seen in the figures. Clement…

The Abdication Crisis of 1936

The abdication of Edward VIII was a monumental moment in the history of Britain and the Royal Family. It was the first time that an English monarch voluntarily gave up their position of power, as well as providing a key example of the power the government hold in shaping the actions of royalty.[1] Furthermore, the…

Board Games

Board games are an important pastime for many people across the world. Especially in the current pandemic, they are likely to become increasingly important to many families. This is not a trend of recent years, but one that has existed throughout history. Whilst often beginning as purely folk creations, board games are increasingly integrated into…

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962

The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, lasting 13 days throughout October, saw the world essentially waiting to see if the Cold War would develop into international nuclear warfare. The complexity of the event is widely noted, and even those involved struggled to make sense of it. They had ‘different degrees of knowledge, ignorance, and misinformation…

The Peterloo Massacre of 1819

The Peterloo Massacre took place on the 16th of August 1819, in St Peter’s Fields in Manchester. The occurrence demonstrated official reaction, oppression and killing of innocent people, with its influence leading to the event ultimately being coined ‘one of the most radical events of British history’.[1] It is a widely contested and discussed event,…