Category: Essays

John Stearne’s Confirmation and discovery of witchcraft

New Book Interview: Scott Eaton, John Stearne’s Confirmation and Discovery of Witchcraft: Text, Context and Afterlife (Routledge, 2020). History: How did this project develop? Where did your interest in the subject originate? Scott: My interest in the history of witchcraft started during my BA at Ulster University… Continue Reading “John Stearne’s Confirmation and discovery of witchcraft”

Reading Russian Sources

George Gilbert Reading Russian Sources: creating a new edited collection When I was tasked with editing the collection Reading Russian Sources for Routledge, one of the first questions that came to mind – and the spirit I will be approaching this blog post with – is,… Continue Reading “Reading Russian Sources”

Britain First: The official history of the United Kingdom according to the Home Office – a critical review

Frank Trentmann BRITAIN FIRST: The official history of the United Kingdom according to the Home Office – a critical review Following this summer’s open letter to the Home Office, this article by Frank Trentmann offers an analysis of the official history chapter in the… Continue Reading “Britain First: The official history of the United Kingdom according to the Home Office – a critical review”

Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915

…or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the book… James Michael Yeoman This is the second of a two-part discussion, which explores the creation and contents of my book, Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915, which… Continue Reading “Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915”

Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915

…or, how I learned to stop worrying and love the book… James Michael Yeoman This is the first of a two-part discussion which explores the creation and contents of my book, Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, which was… Continue Reading “Print Culture and the Formation of the Anarchist Movement in Spain, 1890-1915”

Lucy Jane Santos’ ‘Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium’

Lucy Jane Santos In the late 19th century that Wilhelm Röntgen discovered a previously unknown form of powerful radiation that was invisible to the human eye. This type of ray, which no one (including Röntgen) fully understood at the time, was so mysterious that… Continue Reading “Lucy Jane Santos’ ‘Half Lives: The Unlikely History of Radium’”

James Forbes’ Mango and the Art of British Indian Empire

Apurba Chatterjee In  1765, James Forbes, a mere Scottish lad of less than sixteen years of age, set sail to India following his appointment as a Writer for the English East India Company (EIC) in Bombay. Forbes was to stay in India for eighteen… Continue Reading “James Forbes’ Mango and the Art of British Indian Empire”

Historians Call for a Review of Home Office Citizenship and Settlement Test

21 July 2020 Historians Call for a Review of Home Office Citizenship and Settlement Test We are historians of Britain and the British Empire and writing in protest at the on-going misrepresentation of slavery and Empire in the “Life in the UK Test”, which… Continue Reading “Historians Call for a Review of Home Office Citizenship and Settlement Test”

How to Run an Empire: Early Modern Style

L.H. Roper Dr C. Annemieke Romein recently offered a very helpful discussion here of how the habitual misunderstanding and misuse of nineteenth-century characterisations of ‘-isms’ and ‘the state’ continue to obscure our understanding of the nature and history of European government prior to 1789. … Continue Reading “How to Run an Empire: Early Modern Style”

Edgerton & Empire: Nationalism, Imperialism and Decolonisation

Liam Liburd One of the indirect and unintended side-effects of the tragic murder of George Floyd by an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department in late May has been a renewed effort to confront Britain’s own history of racism, especially that in the form… Continue Reading “Edgerton & Empire: Nationalism, Imperialism and Decolonisation”