How And Why It All Began

41First World War - war blind soldiersGerry Docherty and Jim Macgregor first met in a pub near Glasgow University on the day their sons graduated. They discovered a shared passion for researching the history of the First World War and have collaborated on this as a full time project since 2008.  Over this period they have delved deeper and deeper into manuscripts, rare original pamphlets, autobiographies, records from Hansard and the Library of Congress. Amongst other places, their research has taken them to the National Archives in London, the Bodleian Library at Oxford and the National Library of Scotland. Hidden History has drawn much from First World War - thousands of war gravesthose writers and historians who, in the aftermath of the First World War, began to question what had happened and how it had come about.  The efforts of a few brave post-war historians to challenge official accounts was largely dismissed by the Establishment, but they left a clear trail of credible evidence that helped guide Docherty and Macgregor through the morass of half-truths and lies that are still presented as historical fact.  Without the cumulative effort of historians like Professors Harry Elmer Barnes, Sidney B Fay and John Skirving Ewart, together with the profoundly important revelations of Professor Carroll Quigley, it would have been impossible to unpick the web of deceit woven around the origins of the war.

3 thoughts on “How And Why It All Began”

  1. Tim Atkinson said:

    Thanks Gerry – both for the possibility of including something about my project and the book recommendation. I haven’t come across it but will certainly seek it out!

  2. Tim Atkinson said:

    Like you, I’ve been inspired by questions – in my case surrounding the dearth of secondary information about the end of the war – the clearances, the burials – and I hope in some small way to have plugged the gap with my own book, The Glorious Dead. I’d be delighted if you’d take a look, perhaps with a view to featuring it on your blog: https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-glorious-dead

    • Hi Tim, and thank you for your comments. Jim and I will be meeting tomorrow and will look at the possibility of including a blog from you about your work in the near future. In the meantime, you may find Denis Winter’s Haig’s Command a fascinating read as he rips into the many ways in which the truth was falsified. It is one small but important example. Best Wishes,
      Gerry Docherty.

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