Category Archives: Obituaries

Obituary – Brunhilde Pomsel (11 January 1911 – 27 January 2017)

If you click here you will get to the BBC obituary for Brunhilde Pomsel. She was Goebbels’ personal secretary, and one of the last direct links to the Nazi regime. You may know of her from the excellent German life documentary (trailer … Continue reading

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Obituary – Ernst Nolte

If you click here you will get to Tony Barber’s obituary for Ernst Nolte. I have included an extract below. Read the article and see if you agree with him. “On Friday June 6 1986 the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a West … Continue reading

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Obituary – John Bossy

Year Twelve, Apologies – this news passed me by at the time. You will come across John Bossy when you write on Elizabethan religion. He was very much an original thinker, and wrote beautifully. He died in December, and Simon … Continue reading

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Obituary – Asa Briggs

If you click here you will get to The Guardian’s obituary for the great polymath, Asa Briggs. War hero, broadcaster and very very good historian – they don’t make them like him any more. Mr Kydd.

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Obituary – Christopher Duggan

All, If you click here you will get to the Daily Telegraph’s obituary for Christopher Duggan. He worked at the University of Reading from 1987, and was noted for his work on Italian history. Indeed, one of his earlier works, A … Continue reading

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Obituary – Hans Mommsen

All, With our interpretations and evidence posters now complete, next week is going to be very important for us. We are going to plan and write a past paper on the causes of the First World War debate. As you … Continue reading

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Obituary – Churchill’s biographer – Martin Gilbert

You may have noted that the 24th January marked the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. As this Radio 4 programme by  Sir David Cannadine and this BBC news magazine article reflect, Churchill was a complex and often controversial man. … Continue reading

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What should the historian think about the death of Nelson Mandela ?

Well the obvious answer to that is it is up to you. Moreover, many of you will have a clear understanding  of what Nelson Mandela did to destroy Apartheid from your GCSE coursework.  Yet, since studying Mandela, you will have moved … Continue reading

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Obituary – Penry Williams

Sincere apologies all, but the pressures of examinations and the end of term meant that I missed the passing of the great Penry Williams in May. Many of you will have come across his text  The Later Tudors as further reading … Continue reading

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Obituary – David Lomon

I must confess that I am rather disappointed that the passing of Mr Lomon has not received more attention. He was the the last surviving British-based member of the International Brigade, who fought General Franco’s fascists in the Spanish Civil War. … Continue reading

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