Category Archives: history in the news

Enrichment – things to discuss – How valid are the parallels between the Trump administration and 1930s Germany ?

If you click here you will get to an Independent write up of historian Timothy Snyder’s article for  The Guardian (it can be found here  but is not the easiest of reads). Snyder is a leading Yale historian, who suggests … Continue reading

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Enrichment – ‘Incredibly rare’ William Caxton print discovered at the University of Reading

If you click here you will get to a BBC report on a find in the University of Reading’s special finds department – two pages of previously unknown print by Claxton. “Erika Delbecque, special collections librarian at the university, described the find … Continue reading

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80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street

Today marks the the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street. If you click here you can read an excellent piece by Kirsty Major in The Independent. She argues that this has lessons for today. “Eighty years ago today … Continue reading

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Enrichment – DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London’s Great Plague.

If you click here you will get to a BBC report on the causes of the 1665 plague outbreak. It states that; “DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London’s Great Plague.  The plague of … Continue reading

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Enrichment – Brexit and historians

Something for your summer holidays. If You click here then you will get to a History News network article which summarizes the reaction of different historians to the June vote. The strength of the article is that you can immediately contrast the … Continue reading

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“All the past repeats itself and acts only behind new masks”

So said Birdiev – you will find out about him next year. There is so much happening at the moment that lots of comparisons with events in the past can be drawn. However, Adam Green (in The Economist) seems particularly … Continue reading

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Enrichment – historians and the Brexit debate

If you click here you will get to Gideon Rachman’s article in the Financial Times discussing the differing views of historians to the Brexit debate. It is an excellent read, and there is a certain  schadenfreude in watching them fall out with each … Continue reading

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History In The News – England’s First Printed Bible Holds Secret Annotations

The website below contains an excellent article from David De Mar in The New Historian. It explains how secret annotations have been found on a very early English Bible, and then ties this to our debate about when and how … Continue reading

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Why the Study of History Is Imperative Today

If you click here you will get to an article by Amy Licence in the Huffington Post on the importance of history in the modern world. It is well worth a read – I have included an extract below… “History should teach us compassion. … Continue reading

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Agincourt 600 – will it will soon be time to re-think remembrance ?

Despite claiming to be a historian when I think of Agincourt it is always this speech that I come back to, and if I am honest with some very real pride. However, if you click here you will get a different view in … Continue reading

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