The Historical Eye

Another country

L P Hartley famously wrote: 'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there'. That's certainly true, for history can be fascinating and strange, familiar and alien. But history is like a lighthouse too, warning us to avoid the rocks on which others were dashed.


'History is philosophy learned from examples'

Dionysius of Halicarnassus

Welcome to the Historical Eye


Welcome to my website; here you will find articles, features and essays I have written over the years on all sorts of historical subjects. For the casual reader, I hope there is plenty here to inform, amuse and interest you. For the historian, please note that many of these articles were written for popular consumption and have not been referenced, excepting my MA material. However, I would stress that I always try to be as thorough as possible in all my research and that the facts and figures presented here were the best to hand at the time of writing. For the student, please reference if you use any of these articles to inform your research.


This website is a labour of love; it is a place where I can showcase my work and, if possible, also help people discover or rediscover just how exciting the past can be. A great deal of time, effort and research has been invested these features and I continue to update and improve them whenever possible. My work is not-for-profit and also comes without the usual array of adwords or advertising that so often litter historical websites today. So please do not cut-and-past, plagiarise or violate my copyright, even for 'educational purposes'. If you have any questions, or spot any glaring schoolboy errors, then feel free to contact me at: str@historicaleye.com


Simon Rees


***The transfer of content from the old version of this website to this one is now complete. I've now embarked on the second phase of website improvement, which involves a major re-edit of all the features. Articles currently being revamped are: Cathedrals of Consumption and Mountain Fury. Some accessibility may be affected by this. Articles that appear with larger text have been updated. I will migrate my 'London: Then and Now' section for the final phase of website improvement, although I suspect this will occur sometime later in 2015***


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First World War


Second World War


Other Features


MA Work


Family History

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