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‘The Britain we live in today is the Britain of Attlee’s creation’ John Bew on his new book, CITIZEN CLEM

Posted on: 09/09/2016 with tags: biography, Citizen Clem, Clement Attlee, John Bew, Labour Party, non-fiction, Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, 20th Century, World History, WW1, WW2

The gallons of ink spilled on Winston Churchill – and the huge appetite for books about him – have created something of an imbalance in our understanding of twentieth-century Britain. Not only does Clement Attlee’s life deserve to have a rightful place alongside the Churchill legend. It is also more emblematic, and more representative, of Britain in his time. It is difficult to think of another individual through whom one can better tell the story of how Britain changed from the high imperialism…

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How the Nazis built the biggest hotel in the world

Posted on: 22/03/2016 with tags: guy saville, Hitler, nazis, The Madagaskar Plan, world war II, WW2

Think of the Nazis and what comes to mind? Hitler’s demagoguery and massed ranks of black uniforms? The war? The Holocaust? What you probably don’t think of is package holidays, cruise-ships and beach resorts. Yet the Nazis were at the forefront of modern tourism. Shortly after coming to power they established Kraft durch Freude (KdF: Strength through Joy), a leisure organisation. By 1937 it was the biggest tour operator in the world, organising cheap holidays for over 1.4 million people – as lo…

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Q&A with Ingrid Carlberg on Raoul Wallenberg

Posted on: 23/02/2016 with tags: ingrid carlberg, Q&A, raoul wallenberg, WW2

How did you first find out about Raoul Wallenberg? If, like me, you were born and raised in Sweden, you would of course know the name Raoul Wallenberg. But for me, growing up in the 70’s, his name was for a long time primarily linked to an eternal political and diplomatic struggle between Sweden and the Soviet Union. Which meant that his name was linked to something grown up people were tired of hearing about: ‘stop going on about Raoul Wallenberg, it won’t change anything, everybody knows that …

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My inspiration for ‘Deep Trouble’ by Rob Lofthouse

Posted on: 26/01/2016 with tags: Deep Trouble, Rob Lofthouse, WW2

I have always been interested in Military History, but I’ve a particular interest in the Second World War as my Grandfather served in 6th Airborne Division as an artilleryman. I was only young when he told me his stories – of taking part in D-Day and making drops throughout North West Europe – but they stayed with me and have inspired me ever since. Did it have an impact on my own decision to join the army? Perhaps, but what is certain is that when I left the army in 2013 and decided I wanted to…

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