History Around the Web, What We've Been Reading

Here we review Modern History which has appeared in headlines, articles, essays, reviews and galleries around the internet in the past few weeks. Be sure to let us know about anything interesting you've read!


Digitised Home Guard records reveal unexpected find: More 'Lad's Army' than 'Dad's Army' (The National Archives)

In Memoriam: English Cricket:
In 1882, when England lost a game of cricket to Australia for the first time, the Sporting Times was moved to publish an obituary. (History Today)

And the Worst Book of History Is …
History News Network readers vote David Barton's "The Jefferson Lies" as the least credible book, followed by Howard Zinn's “People’s History of the United States,”. (New York Times)

Hayes vs. Tilden: The Ugliest, Most Contentious Presidential Election Ever:
The election of 1876 had far reaching consequences, apart from the Constitutional crisis that ensued when the Electoral College didn't bring a definitive result. (The Smithsonian)

Plan for Change in Hong Kong Schools Stirs Protest:
Controversy has erupted over a new plan by the Hong Kong government that requires schools to teach courses in modern Chinese history. Opponents say the plan amounts to pro-Beijing indoctrination.

Book Review: The Storm of War by Andrew Roberts:
Andrew Roberts's global analysis of the Second World War is masterful, says Robert Service. (The Observer)

The Life and Death of a Great Russian City: The tragic plot to destroy Nizhny Novgorod's centuries-old historic city centre. (Foreign Policy)

Victorian bad girls: Police mug shots of 19th century women criminals revealed (along with the harsh sentences the no-nonsense justice judges handed down) (Mail Online)

Let them eat cake! Race row after bloggers compare 'high-maintenance' Michelle Obama to Marie Antoinette. (Mail Online)

Has TIFF Become Too Big to Fail?
Film historian Wyndham Wise considers the history of The Toronto International Film Festival, from its roots as an inclusive informal festival to its rise as a glamorous "world class" starfest. (TCE Blog)