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Guy Burgess: The Life of a Cold War Double Agent

Guy Burgess

by Andrew Lownie When Harold Macmillan, now the Prime Minister, visited the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in February 1959, Guy Burgess told Harold Nicolson that he was ‘able to give advice at a suitable level’ and remembered how he had

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Posted in Modern History

An American Slavery Time Line 1492–1776

American Slavery Time Line

by Kenneth C. Davis American Slavery Time Line in Early American History Slavery in America began in the early 17th Century and continued to be practiced for the next 250 years by the colonies and states. Slaves, mostly from Africa,

Posted in Modern History

Thomas Farriner: The Man Who Started Great Fire of London

Thomas Farriner

by Rebecca Rideal As the sun set on another hot day, an easterly wind danced through the capital, weaving its way westward. From Islington, Samuel Pepys and his wife journeyed home after watching a new puppet show on Moorfields before

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Posted in Medieval History, Modern History

Who really were the Mitford sisters?

Mitford Sisters

by Laura Thompson Take six girls, all of them rampant individualists, and let them loose upon one of the most politically explosive periods in history. This is the story of the Mitford sisters. It is like a social experiment, the

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Reserva del Comandante: Fidel Castro’s Private Account

reserva del comandante

by Juan Reinaldo Sanchez To free himself from all control, Fidel had long ago created, in the 1960s, the notorious reserva del Comandante, a private account made up of special funds siphoned off from national economic activity. Designed for the

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Posted in Contemporary History, Military History, Modern History

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