My main website matthewwright.net has had a major makeover. Out went the old fixed-size site with steam age HTML coding – some of which dated back to 2001 when the site was first set up. It used to look like this: In came a modern CMS with a fully responsive layout – which means it’ll… More My website’s had a mondo makeover
I pointed out in an earlier post that a German victory in 1918 would have always been marginal because by then all combatants had been run down by the strains of war. Revolution simmered in Germany and the chances of Ludendorff’s military junta continuing to rule without compromise or change afterwards seem slim. What of… More What if Germany had won the First World War in autumn 1914?
A century ago – 1 July 1916 – British soldiers climbed out of their trenches on the Somme front and began advancing towards trenches held by the German Fourth Army. So opened the huge Somme offensive, a combined British-French effort to break the German lines and push through into open country beyond. The plan seemed… More It’s a century since Britain’s advance on the Somme
The initial social media response to my Listener cover article was intriguing. It mostly riffed from snap judgement of the cover and headline without reading the actual content. Alas, being ignorant of what I’d said didn’t stop commenters from judging what they imagined I wrote, sight unseen. If I judge something, I have to know… More The common clay of the new social media. You know…
My visit last year to Sir Peter Jackson’s amazing ‘Knights of the Sky’ exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage centre – one of the best air museums on the planet – raised all sort of questions for me as a historian. The point of difference about this exhibition – and, for that matter, about Jackson’s… More History is more than the sum of its parts
One of the books in my collection is Patrick Moore’s Do You Speak Venusian? It’s a hilarious take on ‘alternative thinkers’ in the 1950s and 1960s – and on their theories about everything from the Earth being flat to the Aetherius Society. Moore, it seems, went to a meeting of the Aetherius Society, fronted by… More The funny world of alternative thinkers
It’s the centenary of the Battle of Jutland today – the first and only clash of the great fleets during the First World War. On the misty afternoon of 31 May 1916, off the coast of Denmark, the British and German fleets came to blows in classic form: a tussle between their lighter battlecruiser forces,… More It’s a century today since the great clash of dreadnoughts