Key Research Themes: Wars and Conflicts

Punch commented on the major conflicts of two centuries, looking in the 20th century at the roles of new international organizations like the League of Nations and the United Nations. Key research themes:

  • The Crimean War 1853–1856
  • The American Civil War 1861–1865
  • The Suez Crisis of 1956
  • The Arab-Israeli conflict
  • The Cold War
  • The Vietnam War


1855 – Crimean War
"General Février" Turned Traitor. "Russia has two Generals in whom she can confide – Generals Janvier and Février." – Speech of the late Emperor of Russia.

1862American Civil War
The "Sensation" Struggle In America


1962Cold War
Improved Communications?


1965 United Nations
[Thirty years ago the League of Nations failed to apply effective sanctions when Mussolini invaded Abyssinia. World War II broke out in 1939]


1965Vietnam
Blasting His Way Out? Or Further In?


1969Arab-Israeli conflict