The huge gap between expectation and reality for soldiers in WWI

With the outbreak of WWI, men around Europe rushed to take up their opportunities to fight in a conflict that they believed would be a glorious and great adventure that would end with victory by Christmas of the same year, 1914. While such views were shaped by a range of factors including patriotism and propaganda,… Read More The huge gap between expectation and reality for soldiers in WWI

The explosion of tensions that led to the outbreak of World War 1

The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the ultimate trigger that led to the emergence of the Great War. However, this incident did not solely cause the worldwide war, but rather, it acted as the catalyst, bursting the tensions built up prior, between the European superpowers. Such tensions built up from the late 19th century,… Read More The explosion of tensions that led to the outbreak of World War 1

History Remembers: the Reichstag Fire, the incident that helped the Nazis establish a dictatorship

 It was 84 years ago on this very day that the Reichstag Fire occurred, an incident which transformed the German nation at that point. On an evening, a week prior to the start of the March 1933 election in Germany, the Reichstag building was in flames, burning away at the building that was the heart… Read More History Remembers: the Reichstag Fire, the incident that helped the Nazis establish a dictatorship

US in Indochina: Ngo Dinh Diem,the incompetent, US-backed leader who led South Vietnam to the verge of collapsing

Between October 1955 and November 1963, Ngo Dinh Diem governed the precarious South Vietnam to a point of total disaster. While being backed and strongly influenced by the US, Diem’s South Vietnam was an attempt to establish a working democracy and anti-communist stronghold in Southeast Asia, mainly for the US’ policy of containment. By 1963,… Read More US in Indochina: Ngo Dinh Diem,the incompetent, US-backed leader who led South Vietnam to the verge of collapsing

US in Indochina: the ‘Secret War’ in Laos that haunts the nation to this day

For over two decades, the US covertly engaged in a civil war in Laos to ensure the containment of communism in southeast Asia at a time, where Cold War tensions were high in Vietnam, and later in Cambodia. The nation was a theatre for a secret proxy war, as North Vietnam operated throughout the country… Read More US in Indochina: the ‘Secret War’ in Laos that haunts the nation to this day

US in Indochina: How the US helped the Khmer Rouge and the legacy that it has left in Cambodia

The capturing of Phnom Penh (capital of Cambodia) on the 17th April, 1975 by the Khmer Rouge marked the beginning of a destructive 3-year reign that left approximately 2 million people dead, and a dark stain on the nation’s history. Even today, Cambodia is still recovering from the extensive damage caused by their destructive plans and… Read More US in Indochina: How the US helped the Khmer Rouge and the legacy that it has left in Cambodia

The events that escalated the Vietnam War – were they real?: Exploring the truth behind the Gulf Tonkin Incidents and their implications up to the present

The Gulf Tonkin Incidents were the pretext for President Johnson to create and ultimately pass the Gulf Tonkin Resolution, which ultimately allowed the US to escalate the Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War) into a large-scale war. However, the initial incidents have stirred up great controversy given the varying accounts of the… Read More The events that escalated the Vietnam War – were they real?: Exploring the truth behind the Gulf Tonkin Incidents and their implications up to the present

Leni Riefenstahl: groundbreaking, yet infamous filmmaker at the heart of the Third Reich

As one of the notorious survivors of the Nazi regime, Leni Riefenstahl was a polarising figure mainly in the post-WWII era, as she was a remarkable artist with films like Triumph of the Will and Olympia, but her works were inevitably associated with the infamy of the Nazi regime. Throughout her filmmaking career, her works… Read More Leni Riefenstahl: groundbreaking, yet infamous filmmaker at the heart of the Third Reich

The rise of Fascism and Nazism: does it correlate with the emergence of modern-day right-wing populism?

In the 1920s and 1930s, the transformation of Italy and Germany into their respective fascist and Nazi regimes left a dark legacy over history in the 20th century with the damage caused by the seemingly promising leaders and ideology of each movement. It can even echo into the present, especially as many would argue there… Read More The rise of Fascism and Nazism: does it correlate with the emergence of modern-day right-wing populism?