This blog is dedicated to the memory of my father, Edward W. Bennett, author of Germany and the Diplomacy of the Financial Crisis, 1931, and German Rearmament and the West, 1932 – 1933.
1870 to 1918 explores historical events from the Franco-Prussian War to the end of World War I. It’s an outgrowth of the eccentric range of topics in my Endless Streams and Forests blog.
I have a longstanding interest in the Boer War (1899 – 1902), a conflict that ended with the British Empire nominally the victor but chastened by the surprising difficulties of waging war against the determined citizens of two small South African republics. I made two trips to South Africa to learn more about it, and I wrote a work of narrative nonfiction titled Transvaal Citizen.
I don’t hold myself out as an expert. In college I majored in philosophy, not history. But with my eclectic interest in ideas, I aim to approach historical subjects from unusual angles.
The period of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries holds a fascination for me. It was the time when the world’s major European empires swelled to their largest expanse—only to come to crisis and, for the losers, collapse, in the First World War.
My first two posts are bookends for the period. I start with a small event in Paris in 1871. My second post looks at the Finnish Civil War, 1918.
Loved you “Fab Five”. I look forward to read more on your blog. Fascinating period in history you are focusing on !
Thank you very much for your interest!
Very excited about the new venture. I stumbled across Endless Streams and Forests because of one of your hiking posts, but stayed for the history. You’ve chosen a great period to cover.
Thank you! I wanted to do something with history and decided that I have better knowledge of this period than about most others. And, as I mentioned, it holds a fascination for me. My Boer War writings gave me an entry point.
The period you’re talking about is one about which I know very little, so I’m grateful that you’re pushing out articles. I look forward to reading more!
I think you’ll find the period interesting… and I hope I can do it justice.
This is right in my wheelhouse. The most exciting period of history for me, all leading up to the great watershed of modern history in the Great War. I look forward to your work here.
Thanks very much. To me, the development of the major empires leading up to WWI is one of the most fascinating periods of history. My next post will have to do with the Treaty of San Stefano, the Treaty of Berlin, and the definition of Bulgaria. It’s all great stuff!
You have a great blog! Thank you for the wonderful review you gave my e-book. I appreciate it very much.
Glad to help out.
I have an old photo of Wilfred Jenkins. It looks like he was a cavalry officer in the same time period as your father. There is an address on the photo: 116 Cromwell Road, S.W. (London?) Do you know anything about this man? I think that his family might like to have this photo.
Thanks for visiting. I see from your email address that you are in Canada. I suggest researching war records with official archives in Canada. Sorry, I don’t recognize the name Wilfred Jenkins, and the chances of one individual knowing of another particular individual in conflicts of this scale are infinitesimally small.
Terrific blog. I love that unintentionally funny sub-headline in the picture: “ALL CROWNED HEADS OF EMPIRE BUSY ABDICATING” !
Thanks for your interest. Yes, aren’t those headlines wonderful? I also love the one that says “ARMED IMPERIALISM COMPLETELY ENDED BY ACCEPTED ARMISTICE”!
Do you know who’s the maker of this article?