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Response to Review of Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: WinstonChurchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915

I am grateful to Dr Morgan-Owen for his thoughtful and generous review of Rum, Sodomy, Prayers and the Lash Revisited. In the book, I sought to challenge some frequently taken-for-granted preconceptions about both the Royal Navy and Winston Churchill in the first decade and a half of the 20th century. As he notes, these includeContinue reading “Response to Review of Rum, Sodomy, Prayers, and the Lash Revisited: WinstonChurchill and Social Reform in the Royal Navy, 1900-1915”

Response to Review no. 546

I would like to begin by thanking Mr Todd for his thoughtful and generally positive review of my latest book. I am, of course, gratified that he regards the research I have undertaken as extremely thorough. I am also pleased that he believes that I have successfully established the credibility and value of service attachéContinue reading “Response to Review no. 546”

Edward Roland Sword: The Diary and Despatches of a Military Attaché in Warsaw, 1938-1939

I know from my own research into the pre-First World War activities of the British military attachés in Berlin just how difficult it is to find archival material that illuminates the role of these elusive soldier-diplomats.(1) Not only did few of these individuals keep extensive collections of private papers, but the War Office, taking the viewContinue reading “Edward Roland Sword: The Diary and Despatches of a Military Attaché in Warsaw, 1938-1939”

Bismarck’s Favourite Englishman: Lord Odo Russell’s Mission to Berlin

In a recent article on the relationship between Sir Alexander Malet, Britain’s minister plenipotentiary to the German Confederation at Frankfurt from 1852 to 1866, and Otto von Bismarck, Prussia’s delegate to this assembly for much of that period, W. A. Van’t Padje has suggested that ‘the exceptionally personal and close friendship which [Sir Alexander] hadContinue reading “Bismarck’s Favourite Englishman: Lord Odo Russell’s Mission to Berlin”