In 1975, on the 30th of April, Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the People's Army of Vietnam and the Vietcong. Was the fall of Saigon an inevitability? Was there any chance that South Vietnam could have been an independent viable nation free from communist rule?
The French colony of Saint-Domingue (contemporary Haiti) was heralded as ‘the Pearl of the Antilles’, the slave-driven sugar economy making it the richest of the French colonies and a central component in France’s imperial vision.
Today, freedom of speech and action is seen as being central to western democracy. Yet, despite being one of the chief architects of the arguments for free speech and free will, and debating the importance of these issues for much of his career, John Milton remains an obscure historical figure.