Category Archives: Historical

Fighting Nature in ‘Nam (2)

For a moment imagine that you are an American general infantryman – or GI – in the Vietnam War preparing for a combat mission. In addition to your standard M16 rifle (weighing about 7lbs/3kilos even unloaded) you would be putting … Continue reading

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‘Scofflaws’ (1)

While there is a lot an 85 year old nun and a 67 year old Nevada rancher certainly do not share, however there are two things they do have in common. Firstly there is their strong belief in Christianity (but … Continue reading

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Gregory’s gaze: nature of war

It is not surprising that Dr Derek Gregory takes such an interest in ‘drones’ since he is a human drone (the unarmed version)! The gaze of Gregory, currently the Peter Wall Distinguished Professor and Professor of Geography at the University … Continue reading

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Biblical reflections

In the late Sixties the well-respected historian, Lynn White jnr., wrote: ‘the victory of Christianity over paganism was the greatest psychic revolution in the history of our culture’ in an article called ‘The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis’. Today … Continue reading

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Shape shifting in Flanders

The Battle of Messines on June 7, 1917, stands out for two reasons, one military and the other historical. Firstly it has been viewed as the most successful local operation of the war, certainly of the Western Front: meticulously planned, … Continue reading

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Militarisation of nature

The first ‘new voice’ is Professor Derek Gregory; this highly distinguished geographer is re-writing our understanding of war and conflict by overlapping his knowledge of how the physical contours of the Earth meld with politics and the imagination. In a … Continue reading

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Clausewitz in winter (2)

While attached to the Russian army Clausewitz witnessed Napoleon’s fateful retreat from Moscow during the winter of 1812: even such a hardened campaigner as Clausewitz was moved by the sight of 30,000 French soldiers freezing to death and being speared … Continue reading

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Generals against ‘the bomb’

The protection of animals, both wild and domestic, was taken very seriously by the Nazis: in 1933 the Reichstag passed The Law of Animal Protection which banned vivisection and animal trapping, restricted hunting and even regulated the boiling of lobsters … Continue reading

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Otter man’s post-war vision

British writer, Henry Williamson (1895-1977) is known as the Otter Man, being the author of the best-seller Tarka the Otter: Tarka (meaning little water wanderer), had been rescued by Williamson after a farmer had shot its mother. The otter would … Continue reading

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The Marjan Centre

War has traditionally been conceived, and studied, as a uniquely human phenomenon since humans are seen as the agents of war: the principal cause of war, its main protagonists, practitioners, and victims. The Marjan Centre for the Study of Conflict … Continue reading

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