Category: Essays

The jokes always saved us: humour in the time of Stalin

Jonathan Waterlow This piece was originally published at Aeon under a creative commons licence, and has been reproduced here with the agreement and encouragement of the author. Stalinism. The word conjures dozens of associations, and ‘funny’ isn’t usually one of them. The ‘S-word’ is… Continue Reading “The jokes always saved us: humour in the time of Stalin”

Worrying about the Field of the History of Emotions in Ireland – A report

Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi Back in November, when the world was still in a relatively ‘normal’ state, I asked Dr Hannah Parker about the possibly of writing a report for the new History website concerning a series of events I was organising under the title,… Continue Reading “Worrying about the Field of the History of Emotions in Ireland – A report”

How to run a country: Early modern style.

C. Annemieke Romein Let us assume you are governing an early modern ’country’: how should you provide order? How do you keep its inhabitants safe? And how might you organise governance and policy-making? Most researchers who deal with these questions tend to focus on… Continue Reading “How to run a country: Early modern style.”

Emotions and Work: an interview with Agnes Arnold-Forster and Alison moulds

In November 2019, Agnes Arnold-Forster and Alison Moulds held ‘Emotions and Work’, a day-long conference funded by the Royal Historical Society and the Wellcome Trust via the Living with Feeling Project at QMUL, exploring the troubled relationship between emotions and labour, and considering how… Continue Reading “Emotions and Work: an interview with Agnes Arnold-Forster and Alison moulds”

Gender, Nation and Decolonisation in Indian Cinema, 1947-1975

Lucy Inskip Cinema can help us to trace the process of decolonisation after 1947 in India. The direction of Indian cinema changed not only with independence but also in the decades that followed, while India’s post-independence modernity project wavered, especially during the cynicism and… Continue Reading “Gender, Nation and Decolonisation in Indian Cinema, 1947-1975”

Hospitals for All?

Barry Doyle As the nation struggles with the most pervasive health crisis for one hundred years, the central role of hospitals as community resources for all, irrespective of residence, nationality or ethnic background, is obvious. Today we would expect patients to be treated solely… Continue Reading “Hospitals for All?”

Realising Socialism Abroad? What Communist History Has To Offer In International History Education

Ilana Hartikainen Even in an age of increasing globalization and close connections between different countries and regions, most history in schools is still taught from a national perspective. American students, for example, learn of the American Revolutionary War with a clear set of good… Continue Reading “Realising Socialism Abroad? What Communist History Has To Offer In International History Education”

The British Army’s Chinese Auxiliaries in Arctic Russia

Yuexin Rachel Lin While conducting research in the Academia Sinica digital archives in 2017, I stumbled across a remarkable document: A list of Chinese workers, part of a labour company recruited by the Slavo-British Legion in the northern Russian cities of Murmansk and Archangel.… Continue Reading “The British Army’s Chinese Auxiliaries in Arctic Russia”

Becoming a Virtual Historical Tour Guide: Where to Start

Eleanor Janega Historical tours have long been a mainstay of popular history. In central London, for example, on any given day one can witness flocks of tourists following their intrepid guides – umbrellas aloft – down footpaths too narrow to accommodate them all. In… Continue Reading “Becoming a Virtual Historical Tour Guide: Where to Start”

What Does ‘Inclusion’ Include?: Making Space for Students

Erin Katherine Krafft One of the courses that I teach most frequently is a social theory course for students in their second year of college. I teach no first-year courses, so the students are new to me, and I am new to them. On… Continue Reading “What Does ‘Inclusion’ Include?: Making Space for Students”