Tag Archives: History

The Right Side Of History…

We all want to be on the “right” side of History The problem with History is that it usually takes a long time. If a 14th century peasant was transported to the 17th century, he may not notice a lot … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Commemoration

This year will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Association. No doubt a lot of events planned. This one looks interesting. Of course a lot of organisations etc will be wrapping themselves in the Civil Rights cause. Some … Continue reading

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The Belfast Blitz 1941

in 1941, Belfast was bombed by th German Luftwaffe. During four nights of bombing, up to 950 Belfast civilians were killed. The city was inadequately defended and the infrastructure and emergency planning was woeful. My Uncle Jackie often talked about … Continue reading

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David Cameron Fails His History Test

Oh dear. Did you spot the horrible history mistake that David Cameron made yesterday. Seemingly he wont be doing deals with the Scottish Nationalist Party because it is unprecedented for nationalist parties to have influence in the politics of the … Continue reading

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A History Footnote

As many of you will know, I collect Irish stamps. Take a look at this envelope and stamp I bought today….very cheaply. A few pence.  This is an envelope posted in Cork on 8th May 1941. The stamp is a … Continue reading

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Two Years Ago…In Texas.

Two years ago today. Or to be more precise….Monday 11th February 2013…. I was in Texas. For several years, I had been involved in various “History” forums online and struck up a friendship with a very good PhD student in … Continue reading

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When Does History Begin?

I was thinking the other day about Francis Fukuyama and his thesis that History has ended. We are now so evolved as people that we have reached the point where we are supposed to be. The Fall of the Berlin … Continue reading

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Seán Lemass -Terence O’Neill Stamp

I was 12 years old when Seán Lemass travelled to Stormont to meet Terence O’Neill, the first meeting between an Irish Taoiseach and the “Prime Minister” (sic) of Norn Iron….a meeting which infuriated Norn Iron unionists …including Rev Ian Paisley … Continue reading

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The Second Draft Of History?

Reflecting on the the three part series on “Charlie” (Charlie Haughey), it is hard to resist the fact cliché that Journalism is the First Draft of History. All History students agonise about movies that are described as “historical drama”. My … Continue reading

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Congratulations Ellen

Delighted that my friend, Dr Ellen Tillman from Texas State University, has been awarded the prestigious Coffman Prize for Military History for 2014. I have known Ellen for many years thru Internet History forums. She is an enthusiastic supporter of … Continue reading

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