Tag Archives: history

A History of China by JAG Roberts (2011 book #13)

My book-reading pace has slowed down a lot over the last few weeks for various reasons, and are likely to remain sluggish for the next few weeks with the growing pressure of elections. Still, I have been able to finish off the next part of my attempts to widen my knowledge of world history by […]

1688: A Global History by John Wills (2011 books #4)

The events around the Glorious Revolution and the replacement of James II with William III as King of England is an area of history I find fascinating. Perhaps because of my interest in alternate history, it always appears to be as one of those key eras in history where things could have gone off in […]

Possibly Scary Analogy Watch

There are possibly historical analogies one can draw that compare to the rise of the Tea Party movement in the US, but there are some you might want to think twice about. For instance, while there are parallels possible between the US and the Roman Republic (though they tend to fall down under too much […]

Now calling at Wetherspoon Station number 278

Interesting article in the Guardian by David McKie about the naming of train stations -often after the nearest pub – and how those stations then went on to provide a name to the areas around them. Of course, were that to be attempted now, confusion would reigh supreme as people tried to work out which […]