This article has been written in tandem with another, entitled: 'History in the Making: How the Past is Made'. Please read that one after you have read this one. Winston Churchill is often cited as one of the ‘great persons’ of history. In 2002, a BBC poll had him voted the ‘Greatest Briton Ever’. He … Continue reading Churchill’s Soft Underbelly
The term ‘Powder Monkey’ first came into use in the British Royal Navy in the early period of the 17th century (c. 1620), a time you may have heard referred to as ‘the age of sail’. As sailing ships, and their capacity for munitions, grew larger it soon became apparent that gunpowder was an extremely … Continue reading Powder Monkeys: An Engine of Empire?