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Drought almost seems too puny a word to describe the water scarcity that the south-west is experiencing. “In some ways drought implies that it’s ephemeral,” says Kristen Averyt, Nevada’s climate policy co-ordinator. economist.com/united-states/…
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#OTD, 80 years ago, the Allies launched Operation Dervish, the first of the Arctic Convoys which carried vital supplies from the UK to Soviet ports. They faced treacherous seafaring conditions. 'The Arctic Convoys' is out now. Join and get 30 days free 👉access.historyhit.com/checkoutwY
We live with foreign policy decisions made in Washington, climate decisions made in Beijing and regulatory decisions made in Brussels. We had the chance to influence the latter. But no more. giftarticle.ft.com/giftarticle/ac…
This newsflash requires a followup long read. Why was the car IN the ditch, Worsley? twitter.com/lucy_worsley/s…
Very pleased to have @sixteenthCgirl's podcast my pod today. She's delving into the most complete archive of witch trials in European history. The great witch outbreak of Lorraine. (The contested Lotharingian region, not the person.) Please listen here: podfollow.com/dan-snows-hist…
Today in 1940 Churchill thanked the RAF aircrew who had just suffered terribly during one of the Battle of Britain's toughest weeks. "Never in the field of human conflict," he told the House of Commons, "was so much owed by so many to so few."
Today in 1620 Marchamont Nedham was born. He was one of history's greatest propagandists. He wrote vicious fake news attacks opposition figures. He worked for Parliament. King Charles I. Cromwell. Parliament. Charles II. With periods of imprisonment and exile in between.
During King Henry II's reign, King Arthur had become a national hero in Wales. His tomb was searched for in Glastonbury Abbey, which, if found, could be used as a propaganda tool. 'King Arthur: Legend and Legacy' is out now. Signup and get 30 days free 👉access.historyhit.com/checkoutwP
The GODDAM SOVIET UNION collapsed after a brief coup 30 years ago this month. This is not holiday season.
Also. Things always go down in August. WW1. WW2. Kuwait '90, Georgia '08 (the start of Putin's adventurism.) Everyone knows you should holiday in October.
Who wants to be Foreign Secretary in a rainy Tuesday afternoon in February chatting to some Chilean apparatchik who is pissed off that she's not in Paris? Surely the crisis is the rush?
Am I alone in thinking that the entire point of being Her Majesty's Secretary of State is that sweet moment when the phone rings; with a grave face, casting aside Sapiens, the suncream & barely sipped lager, announcing that you must return to Whitehall because events in the East? twitter.com/paulgoldsmith7…
The ships and men were operating at the very limits of their endurance. I've met veterans who said they almost preferred the winter voyages because at least if you went in the ocean you died pretty much instantly.
The convoys had a practical purpose, vast amounts of war material delivered. But a symbolic impact that was arguably greater. They were a powerful expression of solidarity exploited by both sides to great effect.
80 yrs ago this week, in 1941, the first British convoy set off for the Soviet Union carrying essential supplies to bolster their resistance to Hitler's invasion Churchill called it the 'worst journey on earth.' All-knowing @NickHewitt4 came on the pod: podfollow.com/dan-snows-hist…
Now in 1814 the British landed in Maryland & headed to Washington to unleash chaos.
Today in 1588 Queen Elizabeth gave one of the greatest speeches in English history at Tilbury. A stirring call of defiance in the face of the threat from the Spanish Armada (which was by that that time limping north, their invasion plans abandoned, but whatever, great speech)
From today in 1915 the women of Preston fed and comforted the first of millions of servicemen who were passing through the station on their way to the front.
The 'Pendle Witches' were placed on trial today in 1619 at @LancCastle. I was once allowed to crawl down into the cell in which they were held.
Today in 1911 the British Army deliberately fired on civilians for the last time on the British mainland. Troops of the Worcestershire Regiment fired on rioters and killed two men. John 'Jac' John, 21, and Leonard Worsell, 19.
Today in 15AD the first emperor in European history, Augustus Caesar, died. In a month he had previously named after himself: 'August.'
The Round Table, Excalibur, Camelot and the Holy Grail. Join medieval historian @MattLewisAuthor as he delves deep into the history of the Arthurian legend. 'King Arthur: Legend and Legacy' is out now @HistoryHit. Signup and get 30 days free 👉access.historyhit.com/checkoutwN
Part Two of our Afghanistan special: a powerful interview with @PaulDMiller2 an Afghan veteran who then served in the White House's National Security Council under Bush and Obama. podfollow.com/dan-snows-hist…
Taken from the ever wise @jbf1755!
Today in 1792 Alexander Hamilton wrote this evergreen content on the surest way in which the Republic cpuld be destroyed.
Today in 1587 the first British child born in North America was delivered in Roanoke, Virginia. She was christened "Virginia" as she was "the first Christian born in Virginia". She, her family and all other 120 or so settlers from the original colony disappeared.
Today in 1940, at the height of the Battle of Britain, 19 yr old pilot William Pelham Hopkin flew a staggering six sorties. His brother had been killed a month before. Many of his fellow pilots wouldn't survive the war. He wrote RIP under their names in his album.
Henry V began the siege of Harfleur today in 1415
Along the River Dart stood a Tudor boathouse on the Greenway Estate. Rebuilt in the 18th century, it was bought, in 1938, by none other than the murder mystery novelist, Agatha Christie. Watch 'Ghost Ships with Sam Willis'. Signup and get 30 days free 👉access.historyhit.com/checkoutwD
Today on the podcast @DalrympleWill talks to me about a catastrophic military disaster in Afghanistan. In 1842. podfollow.com/dan-snows-hist…
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Any filmmakers out there who are working on Falklands War history?
Hard rain falling on a soft man in good times.
During this podcast @DalrympleWill received an email from former President Karzai in Kabul. twitter.com/thehistoryguy/…
Launching our first in-person events for 18 months with a bonanza of Big Sleeps to choose from. Which one will you choose? Here's some friendly motivation from our supporter @thehistoryguy #veterans #letsendhomelessness
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The Holland Brothers will bring ruin on us all. Mark my words. twitter.com/IanJamesFM/sta…
So defeat outside Kabul helped precipitate an existential crisis for the British in South Asia, the end of the East India Co and the end of the Mughals.
The aura of East India company was destroyed. Many of the same units which had borne the brunt of the losses were among the first to rebel in the Indian Mutiny/Rebellion/ War of Independence 15 years later. The "men remembered Kabul" wrote one British officer at the outbreak.
Other survivors eventually filtered back to India. A sepoy, Havildar Sita Ram, escaped from Afghanistan after 21 months of slavery and rejoined his regiment at Delhi. As @DalrympleWill explained to me, there would be huge consequences:
A surgeon, William Brydon escaped on a pony, fought for his life, had a piece of skull sliced off but arrived at Jalalabad. He was asked about the army. He mumbled in reply, "I am the army." His pony lay down and never got up.
Assurances were give to safeguard the officers' wives if they surrendered, but they were murdered. After 5 days only a few hundred men were left. At the village of Gandamak there was a last stand of 60 or so men. Invited to surrender, a Sergeant shouted 'not bloody likely!'
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