Monthly Archives: November 2013

The Origins of the Cold War in Britain

By the end of 1945, six long years of war were finally over for Great Britain. The enemy was defeated and peace now reigned in Europe. Still, war had made strange bedfellows with the alliance of the UK and the Soviet Union (USSR). Nevertheless, despite the ideological and economic differences, the two countries were reveling […]

The Gettysburg Address 150th Anniversary

Although I was going to post an article about Soviet economics during the 1960s, I thought that considering this auspicious occasion of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s great Gettysburg Address, I would repost his speech below. Composed at a time when the future of the nation was indeed a bleak thought, President Lincoln inspired a […]

British Joint Intelligence Committee’s Warning System

The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), to put it simply, directs the various British intelligence agencies and aggregates the information collected in order to streamline intelligence gathering. Agencies included are MI5, MI6, and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), as well as Defence Intelligence. During the Cold War, JIC was responsible for developing strategy and contingency papers […]

Britain and the Cold War

It’s been a few months since my last actual posting for which I do apologize. Yesterday, I was attempting to post a delightful article (if I do say so myself) about the Iranian nuclear talks which just concluded in Switzerland over the weekend. However, in my folly, I foolishly assumed that blogger operated like Google […]

Blog Commencement

“I must study the plain physical facts of the case, ascertain what is possible, and learn what appears to be wise and right.” – Abraham Lincoln Related articles Wide-ranging event to reflect on 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address (news.uchicago.edu)