Historian Pam Chessell focuses on a particular year in history, provides an overview of significant events that occured during that year and analyses the causal relationship between these apparently disconnected events.
In 1793 Lord Macartney ‘s delegation called upon the Emperor of China. Why was he there, and what is the connection between that visit, the American War of Independence, the British East India Company, the French Revolution and the Rum Rebellion in New South Wales?
In 1848 Das Kapital was published in London. Europe erupted in revolution: France, and the nation states of Germany, Hungary and Italy emerged. What were the social, political and economic conditions that lead to the ‘infectious’ outbreak of revolution? why had the Boers begun their Great Trek, and why did the United States purchase vast tracks of land from Mexico?
In 1861 Abraham Lincoln was nominated for the presidency of the United Sates that were dis-united about the issue of slavery. Civil War ensued. Alexander II of Russia issued a proclamation declaring that it was better to ‘free’ the serfs than to wait for an uprising, and Otto von Bismarck, The Iron Chancellor completed the political unification of Germany and gave all men the vote. Co-incidence or confluence?
In 1917 on the Eastern Front the Romanov Empire collapsed and Lenin returned. In the Balkans the Ottoman Empire collapsed and Kemal Ataturk emerged. On the Western Front carnage continued. British and French military victories in the Middle East had profound ramifications. Sun-Yat Sen established a military government and joined the Allies against Germany. The Second Conscription vote was lost in Australia, the Zimmerman Telegram triggered the USAs entry into WW1 and the British royal family changed its name.