Archive for the ‘History’ Category


The tragedy of the partition of India

August 6th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Seventy years ago this month, the British rushed through the partition of India to create new two states: India and Pakistan (which is now Pakistan and Bangladesh). In the resultant ethnic violence and migration, perhaps a million people died and up to 15 million people were displaced. Why did this happen and where does partition […]

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What was happening in Britain and the world 50 years ago?

August 1st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

At this time of year, my professional commitments are light, so I sign up for a number of short courses at the City Lit further education college in central London. My fourth such course of this summer was delivered by a lecturer called Alison Appleby and it was titled “Fifty years ago today: the world in […]

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Fifty years since the Six Day Arab-Israeli War of 1967

July 25th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

At this time of year, my professional commitments are light, so I sign up for a number of short courses at the City Lit further education college in central London. My first such course of this summer was delivered by Dr Noman Hanif – UK born of parents from Kashmir – and it was titled “The […]

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A review of the book “Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991” by Orlando Figes

June 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This is a work that covers a century of revolutionary history in a main text of just over 400 pages written by the well-known British academic Orlando Figes who teaches at Birkbeck University in London. It has the strengths and weaknesses of any non-fiction book that seeks to cover so much ground in such concise […]

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A review of the newly-released film “Churchill”

June 23rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Winston Churchill had a long and complex military and political career but this film – it could just as easily have been a play – concerns a mere few days in that rich life: the last five days of preparation for Operation Overlord, the D-Day landings in June 1944. As a young minister, Churchill had […]

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MailOnline gives publicity to my book “Night Hawk”

June 12th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I recently did a blog posting about the reprint of my book “Night Hawk” – a biography of Karel Kuttelwascher, the RAF’s greatest night intruder pilot of the Second World War. The book is now starting to receive reviews and the MailOnline web site -the most visited English-language newspaper website in the world – has […]

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How old is humankind and where did it start?

June 10th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Until recently, the answers to these questions were that humans evolved around 200,000 years ago and originated in East Africa. As this article explains: “Scientists have long looked to East Africa as the birthplace of modern humans. Until the latest findings from Jebel Irhoud, the oldest known remnants of our species were found at Omo […]

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Today’s publication of the reprinted edition of my biography of the RAF’s greatest night intruder

May 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

The Czech Karel Kuttelwascher was the Royal Air Force’s greatest night intruder ace in World War Two. In all, he shot down 18 German aircraft – 15 bombers and 3 fighters – and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross twice in 42 days. I wrote his biography under the title “Night Hawk” which was published in […]

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A review of a book on the Sri Lankan civil war

May 21st, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“This Divided Island” by Samantha Subramanian (2014) I read this book about the Sri Lankan civil war before and during a two-week trip to the island in which I ensured that I visited the Tamil part of the country as well as the more general areas populated by the majority Sinhalese. It is an unconventional […]

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I join the start of the Russian Revolution – well, at least the exhibition

April 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As a blogger, I was invited to this morning’s media preview at the British Library of the new exhibition “Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths” which opens to to the general public tomorrow and runs until 29 August. We were shown around the exhibition by the curators Katya Rogatchevshaia and Susan Reed. This fascinating exhibition tells […]

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