I love history because you can learn so much from it and even more from what historians choose to forget. Such is my obsession that I have spent the last three years shunning family and friends in preference for rummaging through the indexes and files of archives and libraries. The focus of my interest has been my research for a book – Rogue Nation: 1001 forgotten anniversaries that shame Britain. I don’t use the phrase ‘rogue nation’ in the glib propaganda manner in which we label our enemies, but rather in the literal sense that Britain has routinely pursued its interests by force or by collaborating with repressive regimes, often without any respect for international norms or even international law.
Some anniversaries in British history are deemed worthy of any orgy of commemoration. They are often royal occasions favoured by round the clock live media coverage, while other darker moments are either forgotten or deliberately suppressed.
Some shameful centenaries of 2020 unlikely to be commemorated
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Please return regularly as I continue to post more day to day anniversaries of some of the ugliest crimes of British imperialism.
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