History has been twisted, historians hoodwinked and the 52nd deprived of their due glory at Waterloo.
Noel Pemberton Billing’s career has a symbolic, even emblematic quality. It is so varied and versatile that only excerpts and summaries will prevent the historian from narrative excess.
In the perspective of history, the Second World War marked the end of a European global hegemony that had lasted for some two hundred years, leaving the United States and the Soviet Union to contest it between them.
Resolving any or all of these frozen conflicts is an essential prerequisite not just for peace and stability but also for democratization across the Caucasus and in Russia.
Like their forefathers in the Royal Navy, the men of HMS Trafalgar have come through challenging times to be – this year – the pride of the British Fleet.
Ninety years after publication, the Blue Book is key to the question of whether the massacre and deportation of the Armenians was the result of a deliberate policy of extermination.
It is all too clear that the present strategy which is based on military intervention is not working – and that a radically different approach to global security is needed.
Transitional periods in conflicts are the most problematic – these may be where the cusps lie.
Security measures need to be effective but also not to do the terrorists’ work for them in seriously disrupting the fabric of everyday life.
To fight radicalization, we have to understand its terms. If we can no longer ask ‘Who?’, then we must ask ‘Why?’
The Duke of Wellington once said that the real test of a general was 'to know when to retreat and to dare to do it'. All post-war British Governments, including Tony Blair's, have failed this test.