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 […]Read more "Rule, Britannia?"
Here was the funny detail of the South Sea Bubble: 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 […]Read more "Of Dead Time and Live Trade"
Just 45 when the scandal broke, Robert Walpole had warned against the whole idea of the company in the first place and had landed in prison in 1712 on corruption charges for his trouble. Even if they were a little trumped up, Walpole was hardly a saint himself. Yet “In that corrupt age only through […]Read more "The Corrupt Wisdom of Robert Walpole"
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 was already at […]Read more "The South Sea Bubble"
Note from Daniel: This post is by guest author Perry Scalfano, historical researcher, film aficionado, and friend of the Blog. I hope you all enjoy this deeper dive into Weimar film. It is 1919. The Great War is over; the German Reich is over. It is a new day for Germany. On screen, for the […]Read more "Weimar Dreams: Myth, Crime, and Progress in Weimar Film"
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 […]Read more "“The Great Silence Reigned”"
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 […]Read more "Weimar Burns"