Today's Russia is pursuing the same aims as in 1946: autarchy for Russia and Russian-dominated adjacent areas by a leader, under pressure from nationalistic backers, who has miscalculated the situation.
24 September 2022 Read Time12 mins Read More
The Queen was an ever constant in a changeable and unpredictable world. Over seven decades, she was always there for us.
19 September 2022 Read Time4 mins Read More
One of History's lessons is that once a group is deemed unteachable they will be placed in the category of an ever present threat to the preferred social order.
28 February 2022 Read Time3 mins Read More
Freeman Dyson famously wrote that “A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.”
5 November 2021 Read Time1 min Read More
While access to information is now relatively more widespread than in the past, the modern paywall can often prove to be as much of a hurdle to access as the price of manuscripts was in yesteryear.
4 June 2021 Read Time7 mins Read More
I went up to the hillside and took a panorama view of the city and found the whole city on fire. - Kiyoshi Tanimoto,
6 August 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
As the contagion bit hard, Pepys chronicled the flight from the city, mostly of doctors, lawyers and merchants. Then as now, only those with the financial means to do so can seek refuge in seclusion.
3 August 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
The history of the Spanish Armada is a call to take care on our journey home. Although we may feel mauled by the day, we can salvage most of what we have.
29 July 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
There is no dearth of ideas, but each was pondered and rejected in turn as the research involved exceeds the allotted time for this daily challenge.
18 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
Much the same could be said for the current protests. Eventually the people will leave the streets and things will largely go back to how they were.
15 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Memory is more than the activity of an individual. It is an object, in so much as a statue or inscription reminds passers by of a person or event.
11 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Pushing back on unorthodox views has given rise to 'wrongspeak,' 'the things we believe to be true but cannot say,' creating a Media Archipelago.
10 June 2020 Read Time3 mins Read More
Yet for all the antics, there was a certain honesty about such naked corruption. Votes were sold and it was clear who was buying them.
7 June 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
One of the most memorable photographs of D-Day was taken by Chief Photographer's Mate Robert F. Sargent and aptly titled 'Into the Jaws of Death.'
6 June 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
With digital services often serving as our memory, to remove content from personal drives is to airbrush our memory.
23 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
I didn't have the time to write you a short blog about historical analogies, so I wrote about something else.
21 May 2020 Read Time1 min Read More
The key is to avoid reading events falsely, which inevitably leads to politics shaping what we think is true.
20 May 2020 Read Time2 mins Read More
Chrysostom argued against the notion of men being elevated to the level of gods as such men had not been able to restore their kingdom after death.
28 November 2014 Read Time25 mins Read More
The Fourth Crusade veered from its original aim, the reconquest Jerusalem, and ended in the sack of Constantinople; earning for itself the ignominious title of the crusade against fellow-Christians.
5 April 2010 Read Time8 mins Read More