Setting the World Ablaze

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

In 1923, a group photograph was passed around the security agencies of the West. Placed in the centre was Grigory Zinoviev, the head of the Comintern, the agency charged with exporting the Bolshevik Revolution to the wider world. But elsewhere in the picture were three Asians, each of whom would play a pivotal role in […]

The Devil’s Crop

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

I should guess that most educated English people (and perhaps, for that matter, most educated French people) draw their information about the history of Algeria from two sources. Many will have seen Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 film The Battle of Algiers, which depicts the savage conflict between French paratroopers and the Algerian Front de Libération Nationale (FLN). […]

What the Secret Agent Saw

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

The authors of this book paint a detailed and dispassionate yet wrenching picture of the painful and bloody transformation of Rhodesia into Zimbabwe in the period following the white leader Ian Smith’s unilateral declaration of independence from Britain in 1965. Their main gift to historians is

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