Articles by Terry Jones

Terry Jones taught History to adult students taking Foundation courses at a College of Higher Education prior to their entry into full-time degree courses at Warwick and Coventry Universities. Since taking early retirement, he has travelled widely in Eastern Europe, pursuing a life-long interest in 19th and early 20th century European history. He has been a GCSE and "A" level tutor with OOL since 1996.

From The Watergate Scandal to Trump’s replaying of American Politics

Unlike Nixon, who became deeply depressed by it, Trump actively thrives on constant bad publicity and attention.


1858: The Heatwave that sanitised London

Bazaigette’s system proved to be the greatest contribution to public health in Victorian England, far more effective than the medicine of the time in combating its epidemic diseases like cholera and typhoid.


An Artistic Legacy born from “Madness”

It became a practice for the managers of Victorian asylums to commission and collect the artwork of talented inmates, believing that their paintings and drawings gave a unique insight into the workings of the human mind.


“A War Imagined”: Invasion Literature

Early espionage novels helped inspire thousands of young men, who had been schooled to believe in the twin myths that war was an adventure and self-sacrifice a duty, to volunteer for service in the Great War.


“The Little Woman who made a Great War”

Her famous novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, first came out as a serial in an anti-slavery newspaper and was published in book form in the spring of 1852. Within a year it had sold 300,000 copies in America alone.


London’s Burning

Historians have calculated that the destruction of property in the city was comparable to the Blitz of the Second World War.


The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

Both Lenin and Trotsky expected a workers’ revolt in Germany that would sweep away their old order and in turn inspire similar actions in other countries… In the event, History took a different course.


The Lady of the Mercians

After the death of her father, King Alfred the Great, Aethelflaed proved to be an astute leader and strategist.


Politics versus Sport and Helene Mayer: The Forgotten Olympian

Hitler came to power in 1933 and the Nazi officials wasted no time in clamping down on her Jewish heritage. Despite her outstanding natural ability as a fencer, her membership of the German fencing club was withdrawn, followed by revocation of her national citizenship… she left Germany for California with her hopes of competing for the country of her birth dashed.


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