Leaving the EU Part 2: What can history teach us about the possible outcomes of Brexit?

In Part 1 of this series History Future Now investigated instances where seceding from an empire or supranational body was a disaster for both the party leaving and the party that had been abandoned. We looked at the Lydian Revolt against the Persians, the split between the East and West Roman Empire, and the split between the Union and the Confederate More...

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By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
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Brexit and Napoleon’s Continental System

Those of you who read or watched Sharpe, a book and TV series about a British soldier – played by Sean Bean – set during the Napoleonic Wars, will recall that Napoleon Bonaparte controlled most of More...

By Tristan Fischer On Thursday, September 15th, 2016
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Hinkley Point decision is really about China and Brexit

Brexiteers were worried that cancelling Hinkley could impact on one of their cherished goals – a trade agreement with China to help justify Brexit. Much ink has been spilled about why Prime Minster May’s More...

By Tristan Fischer On Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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Why I am voting to Remain in the EU on Thursday

I will be voting Remain tomorrow. This is why. I love being part of the EU and our lives have been enriched by being part of it. I like having people from all over the EU coming to live in the UK.  I like the More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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England’s historical relationship with Europe and what this means for Brexit and the future.  

In 1475 Edward IV of England signed a treaty with Louis XI of France in which he formally renounced his claim to the French throne.  The war that would later be called the Hundred Year’s War finally came to an More...

By Tristan Fischer On Saturday, October 27th, 2012
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The new rise of European political extremism – Greece today, where next?

History Future Now has written about the inevitable rise of extremist political parties in Europe as society is torn apart by austerity measures.  Spain now has an overall unemployment rate of more than 25% and More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, October 15th, 2012
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The North African Threat and Mediterranean Reunification

North Africa does not appear to be a military and political threat to the European Union.  Why should it?  In the last few years most of its countries have been convulsed by revolutions and are in disarray.   More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 28th, 2012
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Warehouse Bots Do Battle to Make Same-Day Delivery a Reality | Wired Business | Wired.com

Warehouses used to hire a decent number of people. Organisations like Amazon had huge warehouses that were surprisingly old fashioned with people picking up items and packaging them up.  Companies are developing More...

By Tristan Fischer On Friday, September 21st, 2012
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European Union Break Up

Very funny, very clever 8 minute short about the relationship between Germany, Greece, Spain and the UK. In place of countries are a Greek man and German woman having a domestic argument about money.  Very worthwhile More...

By Tristan Fischer On Monday, September 10th, 2012
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News flash: bad things happen, even to English speakers

Native English speakers are a blessed lot, and yet most of them do not even realise it.  For over 250 years English speakers have mainly been victorious, militarily, socially, politically, economically and culturally. On More...