This week, a previously-unexploded bomb was safely detonated in Exeter. It was controlled, with no injury reports to date. But it does serve as an awkward reminder of the era in which European tensions were at their highest. Discovered by chance, had this bomb inadvertently self-detonated prior to being unearthed, it might have inflicted civilian... Continue Reading →
Counterfeiting during the US Civil War – how to topple a government
Dismantling the Confederacy Through an unprecedented surge in the production of fake currency, Northern counterfeiters significantly contributed towards toppling the Confederate government. In extreme brief, the US Civil War erupted in April 1861, following the secession of several Southern states from the Union, primarily to preserve the institution of slavery. Concluded in 1865 by Robert... Continue Reading →
Britain’s statues – what is the historical reality?
Britain’s statues have long-since been controversial since what exactly they represent is ill-defined. Are they celebratory monuments, or historical relics? An educational tool, or offensive, exclusionary celebration? Well, the reality is both. This site has previously referenced the cultural difficulty enshrouding statues – interpretations are as diverse as Britain’s population. Taking Cecil Rhodes, for example,... Continue Reading →
Who was the first female President of the United States?
To clarify, the short answer is: no-one. To date, no woman has officially served as President of the United States. In fact, Kamala Harris (featured) is making history, as the first female, first black, and first Asian American to be Vice-President. A momentous achievement, just 232 years since George Washington’s inauguration, and subsequent all-male successions.... Continue Reading →