Paul Belshaw

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The Death of Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley died on 8 July 1822, at the age of 29, when his boat went down in a sudden storm off the coast of the Gulf of …

The Missouri Compromise - a summary

Slavery in the newly-established United States did encounter a decline shortly after the end of the American Revolution. It has been argued that …

Operation Barbarossa – a summary

<b>On 22 June 1941, Adolf Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union. What followed was a war of annihilation, a</b> …

Max Schmeling - summary

One of most politically-charged sporting events took place in New York’s Yankee Stadium on 22 June 1938 – a boxing match between the then heavyweight …

The Battle of Sluys - a summary

The often forgotten Battle of Sluys of 24 June 1340 was a major turning point in the Hundred Years’ War—a war that practically defined the direction …

Battle of Bannockburn - a summary

Robert the Bruce had been king of Scotland since March 1306 but his land was still populated by several English garrisons and under constant threat …

150 Years of Misunderstanding the Civil War

As the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg approaches, it's time for America to question the popular account of a war that tore apart the nation.<p>In early July, on the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, pilgrims will crowd Little Round Top and the High Water Mark of Pickett's Charge. …

Edward I - a summary

Edward I of England, Hammer of the Scots, born 17 June 1239, was at 6 foot 2, a giant of a man for the time, earning him the nickname Edward …

The Appeal of 18 June - Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle’s <i>L’Appel du 18 Juin</i>, the ‘Appeal of 18 June’, is of huge symbolic importance for the French. Former French president, Nicolas …

Georgy Zhukov - a summary

Georgy Zhukov achieved fame as perhaps the most successful Soviet military commander of the Second World War. In the post-war Victory Parade in …

Native Americans and the American Civil War

The American Civil War was a years-long battle that divided the United States into two: north versus south. The war is most often remembered for its …

‘The House in the Middle’: How to survive a nuclear war through good housekeeping!

I hadn’t realized, until seeing this 1954 PSA <i>The House In the Middle</i>, that the possibility of nuclear apocalypse was apparently welcomed as an …

Robert the Bruce - a summary

Few figures from the time of the First Scottish War of Independence (1296 to 1328) are more confusing than Robert the Bruce. Feted as a Scottish hero …

Escape tunnel discovered at Nazi death camp Sobibor

A team of Polish and Israeli archaeologists believe they have discovered traces of an escape tunnel at the infamous Nazi death camp at Sobibor.<p>Lying five feet below the surface, the tunnel stretched for 32 feet from one of the barracks and under the barbwire fences surrounding the camp.<p>Its …

D-Day: a summary

<b>D-Day, 6 June 1944, marked the start of Operation Overlord, the long awaited Allied offensive to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe.</b><p>The writing of …

Ronald Reagan and The Cold War: a summary

Born 6 February 1911, Ronald Reagan was only a few days short of his seventieth birthday when, on 20 January 1981, he became the fortieth and oldest …

Lord Kitchener - a summary

Field Marshall Lord Kitchener’s face and pointing finger proclaiming ‘Your country needs you’, often copied and mimicked, is one of the most …

The Iranian Revolution of 1979

In Part One we read about the Road to the Iranian Revolution. Here, in Part Two, <i>Rowena Abdul Razak</i> describes the return in February 1979 of the …

Reinhard Heydrich - a summary

On 4 June 1942, the Nazi wartime leader of occupied Czechoslovakia, Reinhard Heydrich, died. He had been the victim of an assassination attempt a …

Why did the Neanderthals die out?

The puzzle is one of the greatest surrounding our species. On a planet that bristled with different types of human being, including Neanderthals and …

The Sinking of HMS Hood - a summary

On 24 May 1941 two mighty ships engaged in battle – the respective pride of the German and British navies: the <i>Bismarck</i> and HMS <i>Hood</i>.<p>It started six …

Truth behind the death of suffragette Emily Davison is finally revealed

As an emblem of women's emancipation Emily Wilding Davison has always been controversial. The suffragette who was fatally injured at the Epsom …

20 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About History

By Nico Lang,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/10qqc4M<p>Did you ever read <i>Lies My Teacher Told Me</i> by James Loewen? If not, you should. It’s a book full …

Ghost Army: The Inflatable Tanks That Fooled Hitler

The Allies saved thousands of lives by embracing the artistry of war.<p>These props -- "advanced technology" as advanced technology -- were amazingly effective, doing what all good theater props will: setting a believable scene. The Ghost Army, some 1,100 men in all, ended up staging more than twenty …

1983: The Most Dangerous Year of the Cold War

Credit: militarists.ru.<p>Just how close did the world come to full-blown nuclear war in the 1980s?<p>Frighteningly close.<p>That's the conclusion of …