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British Military Intelligence in Context, 1938-1974

Military Intelligence Files: Land, Sea & Air provides access to secret British government files produced by the intelligence branches of the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force. Held by The National Archives of the United Kingdom, and covering... Read more →
Dr. Stephen Twigge Published 5th December, 2019

The Strange Life and Death of British Fascism

On June 7th, 1934, 15,000 people packed into the Olympia exhibition hall in West Kensington to hear Oswald Mosley speak about the coming fascist revolution.As the self-styled ‘Leader’ strode confidently onto the brightly lit stage, theatrically late and dressed all... Read more →
James Chisem Published 27th November, 2019

Remembering the Holocaust

Host Jim Chisem convenes a round-table discussion on the past, present, and future of Holocaust remembrance. Jim is joined by Holocaust survivors Leisel Carter and Arek Hersh, as well as the Director of the Mittlebau-Dora Concentration Camp Memorial, Dr. Stefan Hoerdler,... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 18th November, 2019

Paris Peace Conference and Beyond, 1919-1939

The Paris Peace Conference was a meeting of Allied diplomats that took place in the aftermath of the First World War. Its purpose was to impose peace terms on the vanquished Central Powers and establish a new international order. British Online... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 15th November, 2019

In Conversation With...Stephen M. Walt

Stephen M. Walt is a distinguished academic who writes about international relations theory, grand strategy, and American foreign policy. He obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied under the late Kenneth Waltz, a... Read more →
Stephen M. Walt Published 31st July, 2019

Stranger Things, Nostalgia and Unintentional Meaning

THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS You've got to hand it to the producers of Stranger Things for using the same deus ex machina to solve the same problem three series in a row. At least this time around there was something of a... Read more →
Jon Mackenzie Published 16th July, 2019

The Radical Romanticism of Piracy

In Western popular culture, pirates have emerged as dashing heroic figures.Despite the fact that, on the periphery, most people are vaguely aware that there is a profound disconnect between the realities of piracy and the popular fantasy, we choose to... Read more →
Katherine Waite Published 10th July, 2019

Star Trek, the Politburo, and the Power of Irony

Back in June of 1987, as the Cold War was winding down, the World Wildlife Fund and Paramount Pictures organised a public screening of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in Moscow to celebrate the Politburo’s recent decision to ban... Read more →
James Chisem Published 28th June, 2019

Interpreting the Unthinkable

In September 2018 the UK’s newest Holocaust exhibition opened to the public. ‘Though Our Eyes’ tells the story of the Holocaust as experienced by 16 Jewish men and women who escaped or survived the genocide and made new lives in the... Read more →
Emma King Published 28th June, 2019

In Conversation With...Andrew J. Bacevich

Andrew J. Bacevich is an historian and commentator who writes about American foreign and defence policy.He graduated from West Point in 1969 and served in the United States Army for two decades, including stints in Vietnam and Kuwait. After leaving... Read more →
Andrew J. Bacevich Published 24th July, 2019

Battle of Britain: MEPs on Brexit

In late 2018, British Online Archives travelled to Strasbourg to interview four British and Irish MEPs about the past, present, and future of Britain’s relationship with Europe and the European Union. In Battle of Britain’, Nigel Farage (former UKIP leader),... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 13th March, 2019

Dr. Clarke vs. The Flying Saucers

Talking History is a new podcast from British Online Archives. In episode 2 of the Talking History podcast, host Jim Chisem speaks to Dr. David Clarke, Principal Research Fellow of the Journalism Subject Group at Sheffield Hallam University, curator of... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 7th March, 2019

Why the Cold War Ended

The end of the Cold War was surprising and profound in equal measure. In late 1988, everything was, relatively speaking, the same as it had always been: students of International Relations were avidly dissecting the latest texts by Kenneth Waltz... Read more →
James Chisem Published 19th February, 2019

Is Space the final frontier of inter-state rivalry?

Talking History is a new podcast from British Online Archives. In Episode 1, two historians (Dr. Bleddyn Bowen and Dr. Cameron Hunter) and two scientists (Dr. Nigel Bannister and Professor John Bridges) join host James Chisem to discuss the past,... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 14th February, 2019

British Online Archives team up with Jisc - Press Release

British Online Archives team up with Jisc to provide products at discounted rates to Higher Education Institutions British Online Archives (BOA) have been accepted onto a new framework with Jisc, which is geared towards selling their resources at a discounted... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 14th December, 2018

Thomas Schelling and the Diplomacy of Violence

Thomas Schelling originally worked in the field of economics, focussing on international political economy, trade policy, and tariffs. In the 1950s and 1960s, he was associated with the RAND Corporation and its leading lights, including Herman Kahn, Bernard Brodie, and... Read more →
James Chisem Published 11th December, 2018

British Online Archives Undergraduate Essay Award

The winner of the British Online Archives Undergraduate Essay Award will receive a Kindle e-reader (6") and £50 worth of Amazon vouchers, as well as having their essay published on our website. Question:   Leon Trotsky once said that "war is... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 26th November, 2018


A lot happened in 1967. Israel went to war with Syria, Egypt, and Jordan for a grand total of six days; the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and United States ratified a treaty banning the placement of nuclear weapons in outer... Read more →
James Chisem Published 19th October, 2018

The Problem with Apollo

The American ‘moonshot’ is arguably one of the most memorable moments of the Cold War, if not the 20th century. It captured the world’s attention with record global viewing figures on live television and cemented the success of America’s military-industrial-scientific... Read more →
Bleddyn B. Bowen Published 15th October, 2018

Military intelligence files: land, sea and air, 1938-1974

British Online Archives’ latest collection, ‘Military intelligence files: land, sea and air, 1938-1974’, is the product of years of close cooperation with the National Archives in London. Part of the World Wars series, the resources contained within this collection shed... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 10th August, 2018

The Fashionable Form of Holocaust Denial

What do Holocaust deniers deny? The most extreme among them deny that the Nazis’ the extermination of the Jews ever happened—or, if some portion of it did take place, the Jews were behind it. These include such notorious figures as... Read more →
Professor David Patterson Published 9th August, 2018

International relations between America and Britain, 1796-1848

British Online Archives’ latest collection, ‘International relations between America and Britain, 1796-1848’, is a welcome addition to both the American Studies and Representing Britain series. Drawn from the private papers of Sir Robert Liston and Sir Charles Vaughan—career diplomats who... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 1st August, 2018

British Union of Fascists: newspapers and secret files, 1933-1951

‘British Union of Fascists: newspapers and secret files, 1933-1951’ is British Online Archives’ latest primary source collection and a welcome addition to the ‘Politics and Protest’ series. ‘British Union of Fascists’ charts the rise and fall of fascism in Britain... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 20th July, 2018

The Politics of the World Cup

It was a magnificent finale to a tense group stage encounter. Standing at five and a half feet, Xherdan Shaqiri’s run wasn’t graceful, but with legs pumping like pistons, the Switzerland midfielder surged past the defender and stuck the ball... Read more →
David Cowlishaw Published 16th July, 2018

Behind Enemy Lines: The Life and Death of Diana Rowden

On July 6th, 1944, Diana Rowden, Andree Borrell, Vera Leigh, and Sonya Olschanezky were executed by the SS at Natzweiler-Struthof, a concentration camp located near the foothills of the Vosges Mountains in Alsace. They had been transferred from a prison... Read more →
James Chisem Published 6th July, 2018

Pride in Perspective: Homosexuality in Britain Since 1967

In July 1967 the Sexual Offences Act decriminalized homosexual acts between men, making it legal between two men over 21 in private (though not in Scotland or Northern Ireland—those laws were finally abolished in 1980 and 1982 respectively).  This legislation... Read more →
Harry Cocks Published 18th June, 2018

VE Day Through the Eyes of East Prussian Refugees

"I did not know then that the 8th of May 1945 was a special day. Whatever happened in the world ‘outside’, did not apply to us. Here, everything revolved around food, the acquisition of food and sheer survival… We did... Read more →
Arddun Arwyn Published 8th May, 2018

Women and Protest in 19th Century Britain

Does women’s history actually exist? If the lives and achievements of just over half of the population were fully acknowledged as a vital part of the human story then, by definition, it wouldn’t. The tendency to see women’s experiences as... Read more →
Louise Raw Published 5th April, 2018

Black History Month with British Online Archives

Black History Month is celebrated every February in the United States and Canada, as well as here in the United Kingdom in October. The idea started as a way of remembering significant people and events in African history. Black History... Read more →
British Online Archives Published 28th February, 2018


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