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HOW PROPAGANDA works: THE NAZI MODEL

German children read an anti-Jewish propaganda book titled DER GIFTPILZ ( “The Poisonous Mushroom”). The girl on the left holds a companion volume, the translated title of which is “Trust No Fox.” Germany, ca. 1938. This post is slightly abridged … Continue reading

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Lusitania: A Hundred Years on…

The Lusitania Conspiracy? By Dr Ken Baker View this Author’s Spotlight Paperback, 46 Pages This item has not been rated yet Preview Price: €10.00 Ships in 3–5 business days For one brief shining moment, the Lusitania, a British-built ocean liner, … Continue reading

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Churchill: Worst Lord of the Admiralty?

Ken’s new book on Churchill’s role as First Lord of the Admiralty (1911-1915)was presented as a lecture last month, at the National Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin and is available here

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1923 Kanto: Japan’s last major Earthquake

Echoes From Japan’s Past With the massive quake and tsunami that struck Japan last week, the specter of another devastating event has returned: The 1923 Kanto earthquake, which shook the region around Tokyo, was the country’s last “big one.” The … Continue reading

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STRESEMANN

Gustav Stresemann (1878-1929) was the son of a well-to-do restauranteur. He worked in the family business and studied hard. After attending the Andreas Real Gymnasium in Berlin, Stresemann studied literature, philosophy, and political economy at Berlin and Leipzig. During these … Continue reading

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Raising the GCSE History Standard

During the last couple of weeks radio and TV stations have been running the story of King Charles I School in Kidderminster, which has seen its GCSE results rise by an extraordinary 18% in one year. In interviews with the … Continue reading

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The Cold War: Introduction

The Cold War was the most important political and diplomatic issue of the early postwar period. The main Cold War enemies were the United States and the Soviet Union. The Cold war got its name because both sides were afraid … Continue reading

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Roosevelt’s first war…on the Depression

Image via Wikipedia By late winter 1933, the nation had already endured more than three years of economic depression. Statistics revealing the depth of the Great Depression were staggering. More than 11,000 of 24,000 banks had failed, destroying the savings … Continue reading

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The Consequences of the Great Depression

Though the U.S. economy had gone into depression six months earlier, the Great Depression may be said to have begun with a catastrophic collapse of stock-market prices on the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929. During the next three … Continue reading

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Gladstone & The Irish Question

What was Gladstone’s level of success in dealing with the “Irish Question”? He looked at the whole complex of issues in a fresh way and that gave the Irish Catholics hope for the future. Evidence for The disestablishment of the … Continue reading

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