For the history enthusiasts

Welcome to Modern History: Old & New

  • Introductions

    November 3, 2019 by

    The one thing we learn from history, is that we don’t learn from history As I’m sure you’ve guessed, this a blog about modern history (from the French Revolution until the modern day) and its intersection with pop culture. This is the first post of many, so watch this space and stay tuned for more!

  • Alexandra Kollontai: The Forgotten Revolutionary

    April 11, 2021 by

    Alexandra Kollontai (31 March 1872-9 March 1952) was a Russian politician, diplomat and Marxist theorist. Kollontai was born an upper class child in Ukraine, before the family moved to St. Petersburg.  As a child, Kollontai watched her sister marry a man forty years her senior because he was wealthy…and for no other reason. This incident… Read more

  • Once a dictator, always a dictator

    October 23, 2020 by

    ‘Lagos has finally gone to shit. Soldiers are shooting at protestors.’ I received this message shortly before sitting down to write. Since 2015, Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s military dictator of the 1980s, has tried to style himself a democratic leader for a modern nation…until now. As pressure rises from the wave of protests and dissatisfaction crashing… Read more

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