|Welcome To Our First Anniversary Issue!
This July marks the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. An overnight vigil and a moment of silence began the commemorations this morning across the United Kingdom, and at the Lochnagar Crater and the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in France. For the true history of what happened one hundred years ago, the lead up to it, and the battles that followed, Sir Martin's The Somme is incomparable.
July 2016 also sees an interesting battle unfolding in the United States, with the July 18-21 Republican Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia on July 25 to 28. At this historic time, it might be worthwhile to consult Sir Martin's Routledge Atlas of American History to see past trends and high and low points in that nation's history. Whatever the outcome of the Conventions, many around the world look to see a vibrant democratic process and an inspiration to settle differences, as Sir Martin quoted Churchill: "Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war."