Thursday, 30 June 2016

Characteristics of Post-War British Prime Minsiters

With Britain about to change Prime Ministers, now is a good time to look at what kind of people become Prime Minister. Since WWII, 13 individuals have served in that role, one woman (Margaret Thatcher) and 12 men, one of whom (Edward Heath) we can reasonably be sure was gay. Five of the 13 would qualify as upper class, with the rest being middle class.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Flooding China to Stem the Japanese Tide

When did WWII begin? Most would say it was when Germany invaded Poland in 1939, but a good case can be made for July 7th, 1937, when the Japanese kicked off their invasion of China, a campaign that lasted eight years and became a major part of WWII. One of the biggest and most dramatic events in that war was the deliberate flooding of a large area of China in 1938 by the Nationalist Chinese government in an attempt to halt the rapid Japanese advance. This occurred 78 years ago today.