Peaky Blinders: 5 historical facts accurately portrayed in the series

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Peaky Blinders is one of the most successful series on Netflix, and depicts post-World War I England.

The series starring Cillian Murphy (Tommy Shelby) follows a gang through the streets of Birmingham. This gang, led by the Shelby family, call themselves the Peaky Blinders.

Peaky Blinders actually tells some historical facts that happened in mid-1919, such as, for example, the existence of the gang that bears the same name as the series. These facts, told in an artistic way, bring the public even closer to the events, showing clearly how things were after the end of the war.

So, we list some facts that are precisely historical for you to know a little more about the period series:

5. The hats

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The iconic hats are directly based on the original Peaky Blinders. The pointy hats are more than just a cool look, they were almost a group uniform and helped give rise to the gang’s name. You can see that everyone wears the hat as a signature, which even helped to increase sales of hat models like these, as fans loved the adornment.

4. Post-war culture

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Peaky Blinders takes place right after the end of the First World War, and manages to capture very well the feeling of this troubled lost, marked by illicit activities and a wilder lifestyle. The war that ended with the defeat of Germany came to an end in 1918 with over 20 million dead and another 20 million wounded.

3. The fear of communism

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Another major political movement was developing during the series and in real life, and that was the Communist Revolution in Russia. The fear of communism was spreading throughout Europe, and the series very well portrayed this level of distrust and hatred that many had towards the movement.

The Communist Revolution took place in mid-1917 and was led by Vladimir Lenin, who together with his allies, tired of oppressing the proletariat, created the movement in order to make the country more just. This gave rise to the Soviet Union, the first socialist country in the world, which lasted until 1991.

2. Horse racing

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Horse racing was very representative for this period in history as it was largely prohibited. However, the Peaky Blinders took advantage of the fact that the bets raised a large amount of money to bring in huge profits for the gang, which was done by most of them.

The sport originated in 1689 when some British decided to import some horses from the Middle East and Africa, becoming one of the most traditional sports in the region, leading the most favored class of the population to bet high on their horses and making both the practice and the admiration aimed at a very select group of people with great purchasing power.

1. Oswald Mosley

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One of the most evil and feared characters in history, Mosley appears in the last two seasons represented by Sam Claflin (It just happens). The significant figure in British history was portrayed very similarly to the real thing, based on historical records at the time.

Oswald Mosley was one of the leaders of England’s fascist far-right and an activist against British participation in World War II. England was fighting the growth of Nazi Germany and knew of Mosley’s relationship with the then dictator of Germany, Adolf Hitler.

Mosley’s influence on British politics and his brand of fascism eventually fell out of favor as Britain allied with the Axis powers after 1936.

So, did you already know about these historical moments that were portrayed by the series? What impact do you believe it brings to the narrative of Peaky Blinders? Tell us what you think!

And don’t forget that Peaky Blinders is available on the Netflix streaming platform.

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