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Etymology of Baltic Countries' names

Recently asked what was the origin of the name Lithuania - which I didn't know - set me thinking. Hence this blog. I am always pleased...

An Eclectic Book List

I don't usually either read or recommend historical fiction. However, over recent years as the quality of this type of fiction has...

The Baltic States ....

....comprising Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia have over the centuries been the plaything of Great Powers, notably in the modern era,...

Monarchy: For and Against

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee made the nation think of what comes next. In one sense we know that Prince Charles will inherit the throne,...

Hopes Dashed: Gorbachev, Yeltsin, & Putin

Gorbachev was to prove the last leader of The USSR. He was also the first Soviet leader to be born after The October Revolution of 1917....

JW3: Thursday 14th July......CROMWELL

It is perhaps difficult today to think that once civil war raged throughout England's green and pleasant land - to say nothing of Wales,...

RUSSIA 1917: Two Revolutions

Everyone knows of the Communist October 1917 Revolution in Russia which brought Lenin to power. Fewer, perhaps, are aware of the earlier...

NICHOLAS II 1894-1917

The one thing everyone knows about the last Romanov Tsar is the nature of his death. Along with his entire family he was shot by a...

Towards the Abyss: Alexander III 1881-94

The reign began in bloodshed. Alexander III's father, Alexander II, was assassinated by home grown terrorists. The new Tsar's reflex...