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!

  • The Emperor of the United States (Yes, there was one)

    May 29, 2020 by

    17th September 1858 – The San Francisco Chronicle published a grand proclamation “At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of the United States, I, Joshua Norton, declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States.”[1] The man in question, Joseph Abraham Norton, was an eccentric figure and one worth… Read more

  • Trust me, I’m a detective: The Pinkerton Detective Agency

    March 25, 2020 by

    A group that appear often period dramas and other similar media, Pinkerton detectives are often portrayed as evil or merely ineffectual, regardless of organisation’s real-life track record. But who were the Pinkertons and what did they actually do? The Pinkerton detective agency was started in Chicago, Illinois in 1850 by Allan Pinkerton, a Scottish immigrant… Read more

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