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, except for my MA material. I would stress that I always try to be as thorough as possible in all my research; the facts and figures presented here were the best to hand at the time of writing. For the student, please refernce me if you use any of the articles for 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 when possible. My work is not-for-profit and comes without the usual array of adwords and advertising that so often litter historical websites; so please do not cut-and-past, plagiarise or violate my copyright. If you have any questions, or spot any glaring schoolboy errors, then feel free to contact me at: str@historicaleye.com


Also, for those interested in the American War of Independence, my feature on Daniel Morgan and his riflemen is in the current issue of Military Heritage magazine, widely available in North America.


Simon Rees


***The transfer of content from the old version of this website to the one presented here is now complete. I've now embarked on the second phase of website improvement, which involves re-editing many of the features hosted on The Historical Eye. Articles currently being revamped are: Horses and Mules; The Christmas Truce 1914; and Mountain Fury. Some accessibility may be affected by this. The final phase will be to move over my 'London: Then and Now' section, although I suspect this will occur sometime in 2015***


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First World War


Second World War


Other Features


MA Work


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