Despite the comments of a former Labour home secretary about the irrelevance of medieval history as a discipline, all and any specialism within the overall context of history is crucial to our understanding of who we are and how we created the society within which we live.
The lesson of the late 1960s through to the 1990s is one of an attempt to defeat democracy by undermining it through trades union power. It seems that that lesson has been forgotten, or that the younger generation has never been taught it.
The damage that the Red Robbos and Arthur Scargills inflicted on Great Britain lives on.
The thought of Jeremy Corbyn, their political successor, in Downing Street is one which chills me and everyone who knows the economic catastrophe, focused illiteracy and defence vacuousness that that would spell.
Let us hope that, if he becomes leader of the opposition, he is never elected to be Prime Minister.
Andrew HN Gray