Category Archives: Educate Me

Politics in Ancient Sparta

Many changes in Spartan politics have been attributed to Lykourgos. However as Plutarch writing in the 2nd century AD said, “nothing can be said about Lykourgos that is not disputed”. Historians question whether he was a real man, many men … Continue reading

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The Origins of Boxing Day

Growing up today was one of the days my extended family used to celebrate Christmas. However for many years I wondered at the strange name it had been given. I never saw people fighting and that was the only definition of … Continue reading

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Douglas Haig

Douglas Haig (1861-1928) was the commander in chief of the British Expeditionary Force and is often criticised for the high death tolls on the Western Front, particularly those sustained in the Battle of the Somme. Before World War I Haig was involved in … Continue reading

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John Monash

John Monash (1865-1931) was the commander of the Australian Corps towards the end of the First World War and is credited with the success of several battles including the Battle of Hamel. Before the war, Monash was shown to have leadership potential. … Continue reading

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Chartism – Full Suffrage

So what has chartism actually done? Let’s begin by looking at full suffrage. Although it originally began as for males only, suffrage, or the right to vote, now includes females as well. Before the charter (see last month’s post) got through, … Continue reading

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Chartism – An Intoduction

On the 21st of May, 1838, the Six Point People’s Charter was announced. The followers of this became known as ‘Chartists’ and their movement, ‘Chartism’. I’m hoping to complete a series of posts on each of the six points and their impact … Continue reading

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The Battle of Pozières

On Saturday (23rd of July) the Battle of Pozières Centenary Service was held at the Australian 1st Division Memorial. As a result I’m going to share about the events which happened there 100 years ago. The Battle of Pozières began on the … Continue reading

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