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Inspired by The Killing Fields

Posted on: 29/01/2016 with tags: Cambodia, Jacob's Colours, Lindsay Hawdon, The Killing Fields, 20th Century, Asian History, World History

Lindsay Hawdon has written this brilliant and moving article for us about her trip to Cambodia which helped inspire her novel Jakob’s Colours: ‘In October 2011 I set off with my two young boys on a trip around South East Asia for a year.  Though Jakob’s Colours is set during WWII, the following story very much affected a large part of the writing.  The events that occurred in Cambodia, only thirty six years ago, are very similar to what occurred during the holocaust.  Tragically they are still o…

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Guy Saville on The Man in the High Castle

Posted on: 23/11/2015 with tags: Afrika Reich, guy saville, Madagaskar Plan, nazi germany, third reich, World History, WW2

Guy Saville, author of The Madagaskar Plan, has written this brilliant article for us about  The Man in the High Castle and and the move in alternative history from sci-fi to the thriller. ‘The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick is arguably the most influential what-if-the-Nazis-won-the-war novel. Published in 1962, it was considered unfilmable for decades. Amazon, however, has just released a big budget TV adaptation produced by Ridley Scott. The original book is a work of science fiction…

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The Liberation of Paris

Posted on: 19/08/2013 with tags: liberation of paris, nazi germany, European, World History, WW2

The Liberation of Paris On This Day: 19th August, 1944 The Liberation of Paris began on 19th August, 1944, when members of the French Resistance led an uprising against the German garrison. It ended with the German surrender six days later. Paris had fallen to Nazi Germany on 14th June, 1940, and eight days later France signed an armistice with the Germans. Although a puppet French state was set up with its capital at Vichy, the Resistance soon sprang up to resist Nazi and Vichy rule. In 1943, t…

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Paris, Bastille Day and the French Revolution

Posted on: 15/07/2013 with tags: bastille day, edward rutherfurd, french revolution, paris, European, World History

The French are well-known for their stubborn attitude towards anything that may threaten their liberté, égalité or fraternité, the mantra which arose from the French Revolution and which has stuck firmly ever since. Bastille Day, celebrated every year on the 14th July, commemorates the storming of the massive Bastille fortress-prison on the same day in 1789, an act which was seen to represent the uprising of the modern nation. Held there were many would-be revolutionaries, arbitrarily imprisoned…

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