'If criticism dispenses praise or censure, it should seek to place itself as nearly as possible at the same point of view as the person acting, that is to say, to collect all he knew and all the motives on which he acted, and to leave out of consideration, all that the person acting could not or did not know, and above all the result.' Carl Von Clausewitz.
Did the CIA really steal Nikola Tesla's papers after he died? Why did the Catholic Church wipe out the Cathars? And what on earth was the Beast of Gevaudan? (above)
History throws up fascinating mysteries, all the more so because, no one really knows for sure what went on in the past. We've only got second hand accounts and at best, a few documents, to go on. One look at some of the PR masquerades as news, today, should be enough to show, that even those can't be relied upon.
It was Winston Churchill who said that history is written by the victors. Maybe he learnt that from his dad, Lord Randolph Churchill, during the Jack the Ripper scandal.
History can provide insights into what's going on today. If you look at what people actually do, rather than what they tell you they're going to do, that is.
Everyone was surprised when Putin sent his troops into the Crimea, last year, but isn't that just the sort of thing that Russian leaders have always done. Ivan the Terrible? Peter the Great?
When Czar Nicholas I invaded the Crimea, in 1853, the British PM, the Earl of Aberdeen, sent his armies to sort the Russians out. David Cameron sent William Hague. But then again, no one really cares about the Straits of Constantinople, these days.
A few online pieces
Bradford League First World War.pdf
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The Crimean War.pdf
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Crossrail E and T Magazine.pdf
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I'm a freelance writer and history graduate. I write for Military History, E&T Magazine, German Life, History Today, How it Works, Fortean Times, the Scots Magazine, the Cricketer, the Nightwatchman and Scottish Memories.
This year I was shortlisted for best print writer at British Society Magazine Editors Rising Stars
I also won a TABPI (Trade Association of Business Publishers International) Gold Award for Best Special Section as part of the E&T team who produced the James Bond Spectre special
'Crispin is a talented, knowledgeable, thorough and extremely hard-working journalist not afraid of legwork and painstaking research.' 'Vitali Vitaliev, Features Editor, Engineering and Technology Magazine