Rule, Britannia?

From the Whig’s perspective, even if colonial power was second to free trade, the navy was still the blunt instrument to project the will of the nation. At this time Britain was the dominant maritime power in Europe and they were not shy about using it. In an intelligence report to Newcastle in 1738 an […]

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Of Dead Time and Live Trade

Here was the funny detail of the South Sea Bubble[1]: the company responsible survived 1720 and became a longstanding wound in British and Spanish relations. King George even remained its official Governor, a mostly ceremonial role. The company still had a substantial portion of the British public as its shareholders, and stock remained higher than […]

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The South Sea Bubble

When Robert Harley sat down to his new role as Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1710, the last thought on his mind was the prospect of causing a war with Spain 30 years in the future. To begin with, as a baffled Harley would explained to any curious time traveller, Great Britain[1] was already at […]

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“The Great Silence Reigned”

With the Reichstag Fire Decree in hand, Hitler moved towards his endgame. Snap elections were called for March 5th with the express aim of securing overwhelming Nazi control of the Reichstag. The Decrees certainly helped the Nazis put their thumb firmly on the electoral scale, and SA, SS, and regular police were out in force […]

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Weimar Burns

While Hitler’s triumphant ascension to the Chancellorship was extremely disquieting, the reaction on the left and in the international press was almost muted complacency. Yes, Hitler was in power. That was bad. But the Nazis would have just three ministers in the cabinet. Which was good. The remainder would be old aristocratic Junkers though, which […]

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