Category: Essays

Do Mention the War: Discourses of Sacrifice and Obligation in White Rhodesian Society, 1964-1965

David Kenrick. Contemporary political discourse in Britain is saturated by sepia-tinged memorialisation of the Second World War. Parties across the country’s growing political divide invoke slogans and imagery redolent of the ‘blitz spirit’ or ‘going it alone’. Far from being a recent development, politicians… Continue Reading “Do Mention the War: Discourses of Sacrifice and Obligation in White Rhodesian Society, 1964-1965”

Mo Moulton’s ‘Mutual Admiration Society’: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford circle remade the world for women

Mo Moulton. In 1912, Dorothy L. Sayers and five friends founded a writing group at Somerville College, Oxford; they dubbed themselves the ‘Mutual Admiration Society.’ Barred, initially, from receiving their degrees despite taking classes and passing exams, the women battled for a truly democratic… Continue Reading “Mo Moulton’s ‘Mutual Admiration Society’: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford circle remade the world for women”

Not a bit “English”: Architecture, Emotions and Empire in a “Muslim World”

Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi. In 2011, I visited the Morsalin Hospital in Kerman (southern Iran) for the first time. I intended to work on the revitalisation plan of a historic hospital for my MA dissertation, and I was advised to focus on this hospital –… Continue Reading “Not a bit “English”: Architecture, Emotions and Empire in a “Muslim World””

Prosecuting Procurement in the Russian Empire

Siobhán Hearne. Panic over sex trafficking and the procurement of young women and girls for prostitution reached a crescendo in the early 1900s across Europe and the Americas. Government officials, doctors, jurists, and members of philanthropic organisations met at international congresses dedicated to tackling… Continue Reading “Prosecuting Procurement in the Russian Empire”

Running Tudor England’s Second City: The Accounts of the Chamberlains of Norwich, 1539-45

All information cited in the body of this text are taken from Rawcliffe, C, The Norwich Chamberlains Accounts 1539-40 to 1544-45. vol. 83, Norfolk Records Society, (Norwich, 2019). Please consult this volume if you wish to follow up and reference anything below.  Carole Rawcliffe.… Continue Reading “Running Tudor England’s Second City: The Accounts of the Chamberlains of Norwich, 1539-45”

Redefining the ‘Born’ Murderer: Lombrosian Legacies in Early Soviet Criminological Discourse.

Mark Vincent. The 1876 publication of Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso’s L’uomo delinquent (‘Criminal Man’) caused quite a stir amongst professionals in late Imperial Russia, in addition to the field of Western social scientists. Whilst some elements of Lombrosian thought, such as inherited criminal impulses, a link… Continue Reading “Redefining the ‘Born’ Murderer: Lombrosian Legacies in Early Soviet Criminological Discourse.”