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Posts published in “Year: 2017”

America and the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War (1955-1975), was a significant conflict in American history. When reflected upon today, it often instills a sense of regret. An immensely costly war in terms of casualties, displacement and destruction, the conflict is often perceived as one fought for nothing more than ideological motivations. But what was…

America’s Gun Affair

Earlier this month, on 1 October 2017, a lone gunman named Stephen Paddock opened fire on a group of oblivious concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas. The worst mass shooting in recent US history, killing 59 people and injuring 546 more, it should have shocked…

The Cuban Missile Crisis

  Robert F Kennedy, the US Attorney General, described the Cuban Missile Crisis as a clear moment where the US and USSR โ€˜brought the world to the abyss of nuclear destructionโ€™. Those thirteen days in October 1962 were arguably the most dramatic in Cold War relations, namely due to the…

The Discovery of America

12 October 1492 marks an event which was to change life on both sides of the Atlantic forever; this date represents the discovery of America. In 1492, the navigator Christopher Columbus, funded by the Spanish Crown, sailed westward from Spain in hopes of finding a new sea route to South…

Jazz: A History

Our modern perception of Jazz is considered to have taken form in the streets of New Orleans around the late 19th century, yet its origins can be traced back almost one hundred years earlier to West Africa. With the arrival of the slave trade, a new style of music emerged…