Monday, 10 September 2007




1. Time period commencing with Adolf Hitler's appointment as Chancellor of Germany in 1933, encompassing Britain's shameful appeasement of the Nazis and ending on VJ Day in 1945.

2. The academic study thereof.

See also Winston Churchill, Decent TARDIS, The Lessons of History.

Do not see also Vietnam.


Philip said...

Oh, rubbish. It started with the abolition of slavery.

Malky Muscular said...

The what, now?

That sounds like more childish "anti-imperialism" to me.

Do you think Hitler worried about "anti-imperialism"?

Of course not, his blitzkreig soon put paid to mealy-mouthed appeasers.

When will you ivory-tower liberals learn the lessons of history?

Philip said...

That sounds like more childish "anti-imperialism" to me.

That's because your superficial pseudo-eustonianism doesn't opportunify hitchensification of your preconceptual formulativities. Who, if not the British Empire, was it who abolished slavery everywhere except within the British Empire?

Malky Muscular said...

superficial pseudo-eustonianism

It's clear to me that you don't know anything about history at all - history is all about anti-fascism, toughness in the face of adversity, manliness and smart uniforms.

Yes, lovely, smart uniforms with shiny buttons.

And gloves, nice black leather gloves.

ejh said...

Most importantly, this period covers Orwell Fighting Fascism In Catalonia*

(* see earlier comment)

Malky Muscular said...

Yes, Orwell in his apologist-for-Communism stage.

I far prefer his putting-the-boot-into-traitorous-lefties phase in the forties - I think he did far more to fight fascists by penning essays than he ever did by actually joining up and shooting at them.

the management said...

Orwell fought fascists in Catalonia because he was a man of the Left, like Christopher Hitchens, oh all right Nick Cohen. He further demonstrated his commitment to "the traditional values of the left" and "anti-fascism" by dobbing in a load of people to MI5 as suspected communists.

Malky Muscular said...

Good old Orwell - I've grassed up seventeen thousand communists to MI5 this year alone.

I've shot seven elephants too, now that I come to think of it.

ejh said...

Orwell fought fascists in Catalonia

Once again I am obliged to point out that he didn't, he fought them in Aragón.

Philip said...

I bet Niall Ferguson can show why it would have been better if he hadn't.

ejh said...

I reckon I could write a counterfactual explaining what would have happened if Niall Ferguson had never written any.

Anonymous said...

Orwell fought fascists in Aragon in a POUM militia, and POUM kept in close contact with Trotsky. Does that count as history?