Wartime Revolutionaries: Cryptography, Cyanide and the SOE

One of the most famous images of the modern revolutionary is that of the defiant French Resistance fighter, obstructing their German occupiers through acts of sabotage and subterfuge. Yet the French, and other resistance movements in occupied Europe, were given invaluable assistance, training and weapons supplies by a lesser-known and fascinating organisation, the Secret Operations…

The Key to Charisma?

What sets successful politicians apart from the rest of their colleagues? In many ways the answer to this is the trait of being charismatic. When you look to all the most infamous leaders in history (Hitler, Churchill, Mandela), despite their vastly different ideologies, the common trait between them is their ability to inspire dedication and…

First Months in Montpellier

It’s been two months since I began studying in Montpellier on the sunny coast of the South of France. Being the avid researcher that I am, I’d already google street-viewed every road in the entire city but it was still an incredible feeling to arrive in a completely new place. I was nervous about studying…