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Intriguing History is a project researching, curating mapping and connecting history. Designed by and for family, social, local and special interest historians. It is designed to be for us all, as an individual, to their family and for those with particular or special interests. Our aim is to provide information and resources which may help us all with our history projects, to explore, connect and discover more . Our focus starts from the UK but includes the wider world of our colonial past in particular but not exclusively with the intriguing connections formed between the UK and the United States, Canada ,Australia and New Zealand. Use our interactive map and take a tour here This project evolves and welcomes connections with other projects, ideas, resources and data. Please feel free to share and contact us if you have a particular related interest or idea that you are interested in sharing with the wider world via Intriguing History. You can find us here on Twitter @intriguinghist.

World War One WW1 will feature during November 2014 marking the 100th year of Remembrance

Moving enough to have caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, see this article, there are certainly significant reflections on WW1 in this the centenary. The BBC documentary looking at the concentration and significant influence of the WW1 Poets who were on the Somme, many of whom,died themselves during the Battles for the Somme, will certainly provoke some deeper reflections as well.  In short the documentary concludes with the view that the intensely documented battles that took place on the Somme so vividly captured by the poets that included Sassoon, Owen and Tolkien plus those we should rember but have faded in our literary memory have skewed our perception of what actually happened in the rest of the war. It is a strong case and worthy of our consideration. Again and again historians from academia are trying to tell us, don’t base your entire view of WW1 on the Somme. Its certainly something that needs sensitive deliberation. 100 years on and sill so evocative the poets have always been the strongest voice for me at this poignant time of year. But the facts dispute it it a reflection of a more balanced reality. Just a glimpse of realisation makes us realise how much we all have as yet to learn.  Along with so many I read Wilfred Owen at School but even in less than 30 years perception and literary history, thinking and interpretation  has changed so much as this short BBC piece shows. Much to reflect upon.

With thanks to HM Royal Palaces for this video.

WW1 has to be our featured theme for November 2014, with so many followers of modern, family and social history it has poven to be nearer the public hearts and minds than perhaps many of the politicians may have anticipated at least here in the UK but also across the countries of our former allies and enemies alike. During this month and over the coming 4 years of this this centenary we hope to explore and learn about some of your and our connections with WW1 and the continuing impact those fateful events have had and continue to have upon our lives. Long shadows that suggest perhaps as a world we have not learnt enough as yet from our lessons from the history and hence we need to continue that quest. We will focus on how WW1 impacted on the lives of our families, their histories and the socio-economic, political and cultural climate of that time both in the UK, in the theatre of war itself and across the allies and colonies who shared the great losses that were suffered and endured by so many.

 

Smallpox Inoculation 1721

Smallpox Inoculation 1721

Smallpox is a devastating disease that holds a unique place in medical history. The foresight of people such as Lady Montague helped in it’s eradication. Many people had their lives saved due to her persistent and courageous actions before Jenner’s vaccination took over.

The Berlin Wall a Monument

The Berlin Wall a Monument

The remains of the Berlin Wall stand as a monument to a cold time, when a population of civilians who were suffering, were made to suffer more. The Soviets had their way and the wall stood from 1961 to 1989.

The First Anglo Saxon Laws

The First Anglo Saxon Laws

This entry is part 1 of 24 in the series Statutes of Law

King Ine was ruler of Wessex in the C8th and wrote what are considered to be the first Anglo Saxon laws.

Royal Arms In Church

Royal Arms In Church

Royal Arms can be found in many English parish churches but are easy to overlook. The question is what was their purpose and what can we learn about English history by studying them?

The Agricultural Revolution

The Agricultural Revolution

What was the Agricultural Revolution and would the Industrial Revolution have taken place without it?

Church Seals and Arms

Church Seals and Arms

Church seals and arms appear in many of England’s churches and cathedrals but what were they for and what do they tell us about the church in the C13th?

Europes Oldest University

Europes Oldest University

The Medieval universities and the cities in which they sit continue to inspire and engage us. Bologna Italy, lays claim to founding Europe’s oldest university in 1088, how far reaching was this seat of learning?

The Workhouse System

The Workhouse System

The Workhouse System was a radical solution to a problem of immense scale in mid C19th Britain. Tory landowners and Whig economists for once voted together, anxious in the face of increasing revolt and disturbances to preserve their respective positions.

Coptic Christianity

Coptic Christianity

Coptic Christianity has provided the world with some of Christianity’s oldest and most controversial Christian texts, including the Nag Hammadi texts and now, most recently, the small piece of papyrus hinting at the possibility that Jesus Christ had a wife

Henry III Plantagenet King 1207-1272

His father King John was not much of a role model, so how would his son inheriting at just 9 years of age cope? He started with guidance of great statesmen but would he be governed by their wise council? What would Henry III contribute to the development of a nation…

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