Object biography for the Relic of the True Cross. By George Bingham

Object biography for the Relic of the True Cross The journey of the True Cross is described by numerous but conflicting sources and splits into untraceable stories of each fraction. Therefore, I will focus on the narrative of the relic of the True cross that was in Jerusalem. Due to the religious aspect of the […]

George Bingham discusses The Fourth Crusade

The Fourth Crusade: Rejecting the Revenge Narrative The Fourth Crusade marks a crucial moment in the history of crusading upon which the values largely pivoted away from the traditional prioritisation of religious symbolism towards financial and territorial gain. Although there have always been capitalistic attitudes amongst crusaders, this had previously always been seen as a […]

George Bingham asks is the portrayal of Saladin as a triumphant Jihadi justified?

Is the portrayal of Saladin as a triumphant Jihadi justified? The image of Saladin, or Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, as the “anti-crusader ne plus ultra”[1] was established by the flood of reverential Kurdish biographies written by members of his court around his death. Despite the lack of contemporary accounts that challenge this view, recent […]

George Bingham discusses anti-communism in the USA in the 1940s and 1950s

What accounts for the intensity of domestic anti-communism in the USA in the 1940s and ‘50s? The American public’s opposition to communism is only to be expected as the communist ideology of collectivism directly opposes and challenges their society’s core value of individualism. This concept was and is entrenched in the economic and political systems […]

Why did Militarism rise in Japan before WW2? Asks George Bingham.

Why did Militarism rise in Japan before WW2? The violent and chaotic rise of Militarism in Japan in the early 1900’s led to aggressive expansion into South East Asia and ultimately was the significant factor in the country entering into World War Two. This was an extremely turbulent period of Japan’s history with multiple assassinations, […]