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Wrestling on Mules?

This article from the Guardian about WW1 documents released by Britain's National Archives soon returns to the horror of that conflict. But early on there is some light relief, in the form of a sport's day programme from October 1914 in which soldiers took part in wheelbarrow races, pillow fights and even wrestling on mules for entertainment.

Adam Tooze's New Book Looks Interesting

Many people, myself included, first heard of economic historian Adam Tooze with his critically acclaimed ' The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy'. Well, he's got a new book out looking a little earlier in the century: 'The Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of Global Order'. Show More Summary

Highs and Lows of WW1 Relationships

I'm pointing you to two news stories this week, both about relationships during World War 1. The Daily Mail have the tragic tale of Mr and Mrs Critchley, who killed themselves rather than be parted when Mr. had to go to war. A sad story, so I'm also mentioning the darkly heartwarming story of Mr and Mrs Oldham from History Extra... Read Full Post

New This Month: May Part 3

More Industrial Revolution this week, as we tackle the question of whether it was really a revolution, or actually an evolution. We also look at one of the landmark buildings of the era in the Iron Bridg... Read Full Post

New This Month: May Part 2

This week we look at the railways, whose mania gripped Britain during the Industrial Revolution, and the textiles industry, often called the sector which drove the revolution.

Christopher Clark on Tim Butcher's New Book

The Guardian newspaper has published an article by Christopher Clark, author of an excellent recent book about World War One's start, on a new work by Tim Butcher all about Gavrilo Princip. The latter was the man whose assassinationShow More Summary

New This Month: May Part 1

Continuing our coverage of the Industrial Revolution, we begin to look at transport. As well as an overview of what changed, we examine the often overlooked roads, and then at the far better known canals: how the revolution changed them, and how they changed the revolution.

Some Fun: Man finds Air Raid Shelter while Digging Pond

I've dug a lot in my back garden, but I've never uncovered a World War 2 air raid shelter, unlike the man in this Portsmouth News story. Jealous? Yes, very.

The D-Day Crosswords

This Telegraphy article narrates a story that's been in the public domain for a while now, and is being retold because the central crosswords are being collected by the paper. But if you want a tale involving war, alleged skulduggery, the difficulties of secrets, crosswords and a potential leak of D-Day details, you won't be disappointed.

Well that?s a New Festival Experience

I've been to a few fairs with re-enactors, but I've never been to one where people had re-created medieval injuries. However, according to this Sussex Express article the Lewes Chalklife Festival featured a 'Medieval Medicine' stand where children could be made up in all manner of hideous ways.

A Guide to Dragons, Medieval Style

The British Library's Medieval Manuscripts Blog has assembled a guide to dragons out of medieval illustrations, and called it The Anatomy of a Dragon. It's a visual treat, but also informative.

World War 1 Watch Double Bill

I've got a double bill of news stories for you today linked by watches and World War One. The first is the sadder story, where a watch was stopped by the explosion which killed its wearer, then fighting in the Somme area, and found by relatives many years later. Show More Summary

New This Month: April Part 3

I thought this pair of articles deserved their own post, because it's two ways to look at the coal industry during the industrial revolution. On the one hand, you've got how coal production expanded and its economic role here, but on the other there's the human side, and we have a piece on living and working conditions in the mines.

New This Month: April Part 2

Developments in iron production were at the heart of the industrial revolution, with technological advances causing greater production and the industry to physically move to new places; here's more. However, it's steam that the most famous development, so we have a look at how it slots in.

New This Month: April Part 1

This month we expand our industrial revolution content with a look at causes and preconditions, and the often overlooked issue of banking and finance. We also have snapshots of two key figures: Richard Arkwright and Abraham Darby I... Read Full Post

Why Did Russia give Crimea to Ukraine?

Some of the press surrounding the recent acquisition of Crimea by Russia included the statement that they were changing borders established in the aftermath of World War 2. However, Crimea was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic by the Russian Soviet Federation in 1954. Show More Summary

A Historians Shoots back at Alternate History

Richard J Evans, a historian I greatly admire, has written a book on 'counterfactual' history, a subject I find good fun (examples of counterfactual include what would have happened if Britain had stayed out of WW1). It looks an interesting...Show More Summary

Is it Richard III? Experts Preach Caution

Two experts, Michael Hicks of the University of Winchester, and Professor Martin Biddle, Director of the Winchester Research Unit, have spoken to BBC History Magazine about their great concerns regarding the identification of a skeleton found under a car park as Richard III. Show More Summary

Coastal Storms and Erosion Threaten British Heritage

As with the last time I spoke about the effect of the weather on heritage, I feel a little bad talking about historical sites when so many people have suffered in the storms. But after a winter of harsh weather, English Heritage have...Show More Summary

The Great Escape of 1918

History Extra have an interview with Saul David about a mass escape of British officers from a German prisoner of war camp in the last year of World War One. They tie it into 'The Great Escape' of World War Two, and make a claim that it should be better known.

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