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History and Memory

One of the strange things about teaching contemporary history is that the teacher, as well as the students, tend to have but a muddled...

A Tudor Story

This is the story of John Vesey, who became bishop of Exeter. He was born John Harman in c.1464 in Sutton Coldfield. The change of...

Mrs Thatcher, we need you now ......

Some of you may wonder why lawyers are so concerned with The Rule of Law. The simple answer is that it is the bedrock of our democracy. ...

NOT ANOTHER! A FURTHER BOOKLIST

Travel: THE LAND OF MAYBE by Tim Ecott, former BBC correspondent. Tells the story of a year in Faroese life. Much of the book is about...

Before Compulsory Education: Autodidacts

As an adult educator, I have always been fascinated by autodidacts, that is people who have largely taught themselves, sometimes as...

STEPMOTHERS: In Folklore and History

The stepmother is a frequent motif in folklore, from a dialect term for cow parsley - stepmother's blessing - to the stepmother in the...

Asylum Seekers: A British History

People coming across The Channel with the intention of reaching Britain in order to claim asylum have dominated the news in the last few...

Always a student: West African Empires

A late friend of mine, Professor Brian Groombridge, once said, 'we are learning animals from the moment of our birth to the moment of our...

Further Reading List

First, as a follow up to Anne Applebaum's book, 'Twilight of Democracy', another American academic, Joel Kotkin, has published a title...