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UK/Irish History

Sometime before the start of the first millennium AD, the Celtic people of Western Europe took to boats and settled the two islands later known as Britain and Ireland. Since that time, the history of these two islands has been interconnected. The Irish invaded and created Scotland. The Norman British later returned the favour and launched an invasion that started centuries of fighting that lead to the political division of Ireland today.

Amidst this constant fighting, the two island have produced many of history’s biggest names: King Arthur, St. Patrick, Henry VIII, Shakespeare, Thomas Moore, Duke Wellington, Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, and so many more.

A Crusade For Peace: George Lansbury’s Worldwide Trip for Peace, 1936-37

George Lansbury was perhaps the greatest idealist of his generation. He was an absolute pacifist who believed sincerely that war was the greatest evil...

Big Ben: The fascinating story of the creation one of Britain’s most enduring symbols

On the night of October 16, 1834 a fire tore through the Palace of Westminster destroying the houses of Parliament. Ten years later,...

Lacock Abbey

Lacock Abbey is a beautiful country abbey, formerly the home of William Henry Fox Talbot, a pioneer of early photography. The astonishing Lacock Abbey is...

The Easter Rising: Irish Republican Uprising of 1916

The 1916 Easter Rising paved the way for the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922. The causes and consequences of the 1916 Easter...

Life in Regency England, Part 2: More than Games

For those at the top of Regency society, entertainment in various forms was the main activity during the Season (and for much of the...

English Civil War

The English Civil War involved much blood-letting, but it also generated a lot of writing and thinking about democratic-republican government. The conflict between rising notions...

“A Prophet Before Her Time:” Beatrice Potter Webb, Part 2: The Poor Law Commission...

Nineteen men and women were appointed the Royal Commission For Poor Law Reform and Relieving of Distress. Most of the appointees were social reformers,...

“What About the Rentiers?”: The Formation of the National Government (1931), Part 2

Many had expected that a Conservative-Liberal Coalition would become the next Government, a thought that MacDonald shared. (1) However, this was not the case....

The Boer War (1899-1902): Britain’s Wakeup Call

In 1886, gold was discovered in the Transvaal region of South Africa, an area then populated mostly by Afrikaans speaking Boers, descendents of the...

“A Prophet Before Her Time:” Beatrice Potter Webb, Part 3: The Aftermath, 1909-1947

In late 1908, Beatrice began writing her landmark Minority Report. In it she wrote that people became poor ...from a variety of causes, from old...