Category Archives: History

Remembrance Day: November 11, 2014

Dead Man’s Dump The plunging limbers over the shattered track Racketed with their rusty freight, Stuck out like many crowns of thorns, And the rusty stakes like sceptres old To stay the flood of brutish men Upon our brothers dear. … Continue reading

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25 years since the Berlin Wall came down

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Another forgotten moment in history

Totalitarians come in so many different forms and the mutation rate is astounding. This is from Daniel Hannan in an article in The Telegraph in London on The greatest cultural victory of the Left has been to disregard the Nazi-Soviet … Continue reading

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September 11

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There but for the Grace of God

I catch the flight home in half an hour but I must say seldom has any trip of mine been so complete. All my interests – economic, political and historical – came together so seamlessly that I only wish life … Continue reading

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Today 51 years ago

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French battlegrounds of various sorts

We have just been off to a couple of the battlefields of France which have great meaning to me. Yesterday it was Azincourt and today Crecy, 1415 and 1346 respectively. Not great successes for the French but the museum at … Continue reading

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2000 years since Augustus Caesar died

Octavian becomes consul. SJ emails to remind us that today 2000 years ago (Australian time*) Augustus Caesar (23 September 63 BC – 19 August 14 AD) passed away. The first and greatest of the Roman emperors. The scene above is … Continue reading

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A victim of tyranny

I hope that one day this photo is as famous as Tank Man.

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Marking the start of World War I

World War I was the most momentous historical event of the past century, having consequences that continue to haunt us still. The collapse of the Ottoman Empire, to take only one example, continues to reverberate through the Middle East with … Continue reading

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