Holocaust Day at Pencoed Comprehensive School

Here is a roundup of what I was talking about yesterday at Pencoed Comprehensive. Morality Hoess Here is a link to a podcast I recorded on Rudolf Hoess some time ago, it explains the moral problems surrounding his testimony and the book Commandant of Auschwitz) (Below is Hoess’s house as seen from Auschwitz One). EichmannContinue reading “Holocaust Day at Pencoed Comprehensive School”

The origins of Mao’s Cultural Revolution

In 1966, Mao staged a return to public life and attempted to wrest back control of the Chinese Communist Party following the disaster of the Great Leap Forward. He had been a marginal figure for four years since 1962, and in the mean time more pragmatic and less ideological figures such as Liu Shaoqi andContinue reading “The origins of Mao’s Cultural Revolution”

Brezhnev and Soviet Stagnation

By the end of the Khrushchev era, conservatives within the regime saw nothing but failure. ┬áNot only had the post Stalinist thaw resulted in chaos as far as they could see, but the economic initiatives the General Secretary had put forward, such as the Virgin Lands Campaign, had been dismal failures. The coup to oustContinue reading “Brezhnev and Soviet Stagnation”

John Maynard Keynes and the American Loan

Britain’s two world wars were fought as much by economists as they were by generals. Finding a strategy to pay for the wars against Germany and her Axis allies was a key part of Britain’s national survival. Hitler’s economic strategy was based around conquest and plunder, with occupied peoples paying for his wars and Germany’sContinue reading “John Maynard Keynes and the American Loan”