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Posts published by “James Schoonmaker”

The Spanish Civil War

Commonly referred to as “the dress rehearsal” for World War II, the Spanish Civil War was the bloodiest conflict in Spanish history. The result of…

Fall of the USSR

  On 26 December 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev announced the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The communist utopian dream had come painfully crashing down, freeing the…

The Battle of Thermopylae

In 480 BC, the pass of Thermopylae was the scene of one of the most famous last stands in military history. A Greek force outnumbered…

John R Fox

Stories of heroism and self-sacrifice permeate our memories of the Second World War. We think of the heroic efforts of the American Rangers scaling the…

Manchester Central Library Review

It is now nearly one year since the reopening of the Manchester Central Library to the public in March 2014, after three years of closure…