Reviewed over the next few weeks, books, for you or the History lover in your life. #1 Review #1: The First World War. by Hew Strachan: It will not have escaped your notice in these centenary years of 1914-18, that WWI books are everywhere. Many are readable and interesting, some are excellent. Even in that… Read More The First World War: Hew Strachan.
The nonsense some people talk (with great confidence) about World War One. It was all futile, the troops were lions led by donkeys, the generals were incompetent and it was all for nothing. Really? Myths dispelled and some WWI factual television, lightly reviewed. If you can see 3 columns of text, you may be on… Read More Lies, Myths (and television) about the First World War.
Another, final post from wonderful Languedoc. So many wondrous things to see and do; walking or boating the gorgeous Canal de Midi… …to exploring superb architecture… and extraordinary ecclesiastical art…. …to hillwalking the landscapes of mountain and dramatic, steep sided river valleys. But what makes Languedoc unique, and gives the area its extraordinary atmosphere of mystery and… Read More Cathars | Cathartic.
Just back from a 9-10 day break, mostly spent in extraordinary, dazzling, dramatic Languedoc. Languedoc, means (Land of) the tongue or Language of Oc -Occitan being the ancient language of the area. It is a region that has long exercised the medieval-obsessive imagination of your correspondent, your writer-blogger-chappie. As a land of huge Cathar… Read More Languedoc & Albi, a hilltop treasure & a mighty Cathedral, all built on woad.
First World War recruitment pictures. From an exhibition last year at the National Museum at Collins Barracks, Dublin. All of these posters (bar one, aimed at Irish exiles in the North of England) were used around Ireland during the First World War to drive recruitment. To mark the approach of the onset of World War I… Read More Propaganda & Recruitment. WWI Posters.