Lessons from the Crimea
I want to praise Robert Crowcroft’s article in the October issue ( Appeasing the Nazis), which set out the tensions within British society and the link between domestic and foreign policy during the Munich crisis of 1938. It seems to me that the same link between domestic and foreign policy still applies today and is currently being played out over Brexit.
It is truly amazing how this one event has impacted on modern international politics, from Anthony Eden’s Suez policy of 1956 to Blair and Bush’s approach to the Iraq War, and even the present international dealings with Russia. Will it one day fade in the memory in the same way as the manner in which the government of Lord Aberdeen drifted into war with Russia in the Crimea in the 1850s has? Brian Rowley, Orpington
A 15th-century depiction of bloodletting. In the Middle Ages, this ubiquitous practice may have done more harm than good