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Battle of Ulundi 1879

On 4th July 1879, the British Empire fought the Zulu’s at the Battle of Ulundi, the last major battle of the Anglo-Zulu war; as part of their imperial expansion campaign in South Africa.They imagined a confederation of states in South Africa, where cheap black labour could be exploited for British…

The Australian Apartheid

During the second half of the 20th century, news media focus on the events in South Africa and the fight to end apartheid there greatly eclipsed the plight of the Aboriginal Australians and the incredibly harsh and violent apartheid they were also subjected to.   The subjugation of the Aboriginal…

Women and the American Civil War

Like all wars, the American Civil Waris perceived as a man’s world. However, women, disguised as male soldiers, fought alongside men completely underminingcontemporary ideas of the ‘true woman’ and proving there is space for women in male dominated war.But what legacy did they actually leave? At a time when women…

The Great Schism

  In 1378, several Popes claimed to be the true successor of St. Peter, in an event known as The Great Schism (1378-1417). This article examines the origins of the event that divided the Catholic Church for almost 50 yearsand the consequences of the schism on the Catholic Church. The…

David Kitson

David Kitson (1919 – 2010) was an important anti-apartheid campaigner born in South Africa who demonstrated a lifelong refusal to compromise on his principles, even at great personal cost. After training as an engineer, Kitson served during the war as a ‘sapper’ in the South African army, an experience that…