Is The Great great?

The Great What? The Great is a series on Channel Four about Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Some people think it is a great travesty of history, whilst others enjoy it. Controversy seldom does a TV series any harm and many features of this one make for...

Marx, how can he help us study history?

Karl Marx is famous, but not as a historian Marx was an economist, wasn’t he? Or you might think he was a politician. He certainly had a lot to say about economics and you can’t separate that from politics. However, Marx was not actively involved in...

Coronation Street by Geoffrey Chaucer?

Coronation Street is 60 years old Coronation Street has just been celebrating this milestone in its history. By TV standards it’s been around a long time, but how does Chaucer get in on the act? When was he writing? From the middle to late fourteenth century....

Does the slave trade on screen shock you?

The slave trade has been in the news and on screen People are thinking about the slave trade a lot this year because of Black Lives Matter and the arguments about statues. There was also the film Twelve Years a Slave. I have seen a series Enslaved with Samuel L...

A historic election – World leaders respond

An election like no other Here’s how I imagine some world leaders might react to the current US election, if they were being honest. If. (I have omitted their surnames to preserve their anonymity, a thing they all crave.) “It reminds me of my historic...