Category Archives: 20TH CENTURY HISTORY

What is the nature of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy?

What is the nature of Margaret Thatcher’s legacy?


The Iron Lady is as polarising in death as she was in life. While some mourn her passing and hail the late Baroness as a pioneer, others have been holding street parties in celebration of her demise. But, other issues aside, what did Thatcher do for female empowerment? Former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher died earlier this week at the age of 87. Here, leading historians discuss her impact on British politics ‑ and the nature of her legacy, and BBC History Magazine brings it to the readers.

Ukranian ‘Great famine’ of 1933

Ukranian ‘Great famine’ of 1933

Key countries around the world are officially reclassifying one of the 20th century’s greatest tragedies – the Ukranian Great Famine of 1933 – as an act of genocide. Their historical re-assessment means that Stalin’s communist regime may increasingly and controversially be portrayed as a communist equivalent of Hitler’s Third Reich in terms of genocide and mass murder.

Lugouqiao Incident, 1937 Japanese invasion of China

Lugouqiao Incident, 1937 Japanese invasion of China

The Japanese drive to become a great power required the domination of China. They defeated the Chinese in war in the 1890s and took away Korea. They soon infiltrated Manchuria, which had rich reserves of coal and other minerals, and began to build up industry there. In 1931 they took over Manchuria altogether, before expanding south.

On this day: Last soldier fallen in WWI

On this day: Last soldier fallen in WWI

Certain soldiers acquired a tragic posthumous celebrity by dying a matter of minutes before the ceasefire on 11th November 1918. One such was 256265 Private George Lawrence Price of the 28th North West Battalion, Second Canadian Division, who lost his wife at 10.58am in the little Belgian mining village of Ville-sur-Haine near Mons

Wilhelm Brasse, the photographer in the Auschwitz

Wilhelm Brasse, the photographer in the Auschwitz

Wilhelm Brasse, the man responsible for innumerable photographs of prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp, died on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at the age of 95 in his hometown of Zywiec in Southern Poland. As a prisoner of the Nazis himself, Brasse took pictures of fellow inmates at the death camp as well as portraits of SS officers stationed at the infamous facility. He once estimated that he photographed between 40,000 to 50,000 prisoners.