Anniversaries help us to remember the past, but they can distort and conceal it too. That much is clear from the commemorations of the ‘Battle of Orgreave’, the violent confrontation between thousands of striking miners
Twenty-five years ago today, on the night of 3 June 1989, tanks moved into central Beijing to crush the ‘counter-revolutionary rebellion’ underway on Tiananmen Square, leading to the 'massacre' which made headlines around the world.
After 30 years the recent past becomes History, and the frenzied debates of contemporary journalism give way to the calm impartiality of the scholar. The fog lifts and we can finally see earlier events in
Commemorations of the battles and events of the U.S. Civil War are coming thick and fast during the sesquicentennial. 1 January marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation; the start of July saw ten