26 October 2015

Reflecting on History

Here, in Quieter Living, there can be a found a medley of reflections from 2009 onwards.  They have been written to assist my further reflections on history and future possibilities, and perhaps even your own.

I have written that I am neither a pessimist nor an optimist, taking a moderate, middle view between the two.  I try to recover fleeting ideas and forgotten memories.  I reflect on significant historical events.  I do my best to contribute to a news media for peace.  I have sought to express freedom without force.  At the same time, I hope I am staying centred.

The history I am currently reflecting upon relates to migration to Australia between the years 1870 and 1930 of people from places other than the British Isles.  I am especially interested in migration from Italy of young men escaping conscription.

I am also developing my knowledge of British history between the years 1650 and 1850, especially in relation to the history of ideas.  The battle between religious extremism and the forces for moderation have shifted in many ways with the flow of time.