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Flash For Freedom: More Cringes Than Chuckles Here

Flash for Freedom! is a very difficult book to review because there are two things going on, and both of these functioning at very different levels. 203 more words


Empires and Caliphates - anything new here?


It is a struggle to sort out who dislikes whom in the Middle East what with Al Quada, ISIS/ISIL, Sunni and Shia Muslims and warring factions within each group. 1,276 more words

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Royal Flash: Volume 2 of The Flashman Papers...Great Fun

Royal Flash is a interpretation, along despicable Flashy lines, of Anthony Hawkins’ The Prisoner of Zenda. Fraser, through Flashman, even goes so far as to argue that Hawkins got his idea for Zenda from Flashman’s adventure in Germany with Bismarck and his toadies. 210 more words


Loyal Christian Indians and Ugandans

The British Empire’s contribution to the war effort was a significant one. The Germans had hoped that colonial unrest would be to their advantage, but instead, many men from across the Empire volunteered, from all faiths. 181 more words

Joining Up

Playing with Fusion

At the moment, I’m writing a chapter on voluntary contributions from Indigenous communities in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand during the First World War. Any discussion of First Nations enlistments in Canada is bound to include a discussion of the 114th (Brock’s Rangers) Battalion, raised in Haldiman County in Southwestern Ontario. 1,742 more words


How did Scientific Racism Become so Popular in Victorian Britain?

Whilst it is often forgotten or brushed under the carpet, Victorian Britain had a love affair with scientific racism. Such pseudoscience supposedly helped explain Britain’s pre-eminent place in the world and also gave justification for the Empire, leading to the trampling of indigenous peoples’ rights, as they were seen as ‘lesser’ races in comparison to Anglo-Saxons. 1,132 more words