History Review

This journal covers international historical events, people in power and those involved in social movements.

Articles from September

Answering Structured Questions
As we enter the new dispensation, wherein AS and A2 equals an A Level, Graham D. Goodlad gives some timely and pertinent advice. One of the most common criticisms of the old A-Level History examination was that it placed too heavy an emphasis on...
Charles I in 1637-1649: Not a Bad King after All?
Graham E. Seel defends the record of Charles I, arguing that he showed effective powers of political and military leadership and that he very nearly succeeded in holding on to the throne. Although the arguments of revisionist historians have done...
Dunkirk: Victory or Defeat?
Patrick Wilson assesses the importance of Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of allied forces from the beaches at Dunkirk. `So long ax the English tongue survives, the word Dunkirk will be spoken with reverence. In that harbour, such a hell on earth...
Keele University
Tim Barrett, currently a postgraduate student, recalls his undergraduate days in Staffordshire. When it was suggested that I should think back to my glory days at university and write a short essay on the subject, I readily accepted -- how could...
Lebensraum -- Policy or Propaganda?
What did Hitler mean by Lebensraum? Did he attempt to translate theory into reality? Martyn Housden `unpacks' the term and puts it into historical context. The Idea When the Germans talked of Lebensraum, that is to say `living space', they used...
`Reduced to Cinders': The Impact of the French Religious Wars
David McKinnon-Bell analyses the state of France around 1598 and explains why recovery under Henry IV was so rapid. The civil wars which tore France apart in the second half of the 16th century had appalling consequences for her economy, society...
Sack the Manager, Sack the Government!
Richard Kelly finds compelling links between England soccer managers and post-war political leaders. The Touchy-Feelies During the first 18 months of Tony Blair's government, a number of people noted similarities between the new Prime Minister...
The Communist Manifesto
Roger Spalding introduces one of the most important publications in modern world history. The Communist Manifesto was a product of the social, economic and political turmoil that characterised Europe before 1850. Both of its authors, Marx and Engels,...
The Great Depression in Europe, 1929-1939
The economic crisis which began in 1929 is often seen as the major turning point in 20th-century world history. Patricia Clavin examines its causes and effects. The modern world has never experienced an economic crisis as severe as the `Great Depression'....
The Liberal Party 1894-1906
Mark Rathbone charts a dramatic transformation in the fortunes of the Liberal Party by examining its leaders. In 1891 John Morley insisted that the Liberal Party consisted simply of Gladstone: after him, `it will disappear and all will be chaos'....
The Pilgrimage of Grace, October-December 1536
The Pilgrimage of Grace has often been written off as a little local difficulty. Yet Nick Fellows is impressed by the power which Robert Aske and the other leaders could muster, by the shock they dealt to Henry VIII's government and by their success....
Why Bother Using the Internet?
A few students and teachers of history are passionately convinced that the internet is an essential learning resource. A few more are adamant that it is a pointless gimmick that they will not use under any circumstances. However, from my experience...