Category Archive: Modern History

Reagan: a Critical Analysis

This article offers a critical exploration of the Ronald Reagan years by focusing on his economic, foreign and social policies.
AUTHOR: JAMES BASTIN

“Be the Heroine of your Life”: Five Inspirational Women From History Assessed

This article looks five women from across history from vastly different backgrounds. The background of each woman is assessed, and a judgement made on their lasting contributions to society.
AUTHOR: VICTORIA BETTNEY AND OTHERS

Erasing The Holocaust

This article explores the origins of Holocaust denial, and considers the role of the historian in overcoming it.
AUTHOR: CATHERINE METCALFE

Hull: a History

Kingston-Upon-Hull’s history has been very varied, from establishing the largest travelling fair in Europe to it being one of the worst bombed British cities in the Second World War. This article considers some of Hull’s history, and how this history ties in with its future.
AUTHOR: VICTORIA BETTNEY

Friendships, Lesbianism and Identity in Victorian Britain

At first it appears that Victorian Britain controlled the expression of female sexuality. This article explores female friendships and societal understanding of female sexuality and identity, exploring their relationship to a ‘lesbian identity’.
AUTHOR: LAUREN MILLER

Martin McGuinness: A turbulent life

From Chief of Staff of the IRA to shaking hands with the Queen of England, Martin McGuinness embodies the changes within Northern Irish Republicanism in the late twentieth century. This article looks at key periods in McGuinness’s life, 1950-2017.
AUTHOR: VICTORIA BETTNEY

“How can life go on?” Reflections on the Holocaust and its Aftermath

Today, January 27th, is Holocaust Memorial Day. this article takes the opportunity to reflect on remembering the Holocaust, and what still needs to be done.
AUTHOR: SOPHIE TURBUTT

‘The settlement must be for an agreed and united Ireland.’ The British Labour Party and its view on the Constitutional Legitimacy of Northern Ireland, 1945 to the present.

Northern Ireland’s political structure was dependent on the stability of its political climate and was largely shaped by its relations with Britain.
WRITTEN BY VICTORIA BETTNEY

‘The Wolf of the Seas’: Thomas Cochrane, Britain’s Forgotten Hero

The British MP and admiral Thomas Cochrane has been somewhat overlooked in history. This article reconsiders his place in continental naval disputes, British history and the wider world.
AUTHOR: JATIN MAPARA

The EU and the EEC referendum: how much has changed?

A little Déjà vu? Four decades on and the same question lingers…
This article explores the similarities and discontinuity between the 1975 and 2016 Europe referendums.
AUTHOR WILL LLOYD-REGAN

Did World War Two cause the end of the British Empire?

Analysing the causes for the decolonisation of the British Empire, this article finds that World War Two was a catalyst amongst a number of other coincidental factors.
AUTHOR: CLAIRE SWEETLAND

The Queen’s Birthday: Development, Forms, and Functions of the celebrations for Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II

On this day, the Queen’s 90th birthday, this article looks back at the development of this national holiday.
AUTHOR: LAURA FLANNIGAN

In Defence of Empire

The British Empire often conjures some terrible national memories. This article instead explores the positive, constructive impact of the Empire.
AUTHOR: JATIN MAPARA

‘This is the beginning, not the end.’ Just why was the Good Friday Agreement signed?

A look back at the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. This article looks at which political players were involved and what their agendas were.
AUTHOR: VICTORIA BETTNEY

Margaret Thatcher and Gender

An exploration of Margaret Thatcher’s place in gender politics and feminism. Thatcher was unique as both a force for and against feminism.
AUTHOR: VICTORIA BETTNEY

An Analysis of Slave Hierarchies in Django Unchained

To what extent are the slave hierarchies portrayed in the popular film, Django Unchained, realistic? Are representations historically accurate or merely dramatised?
AUTHOR: AILA BICER

Jinnah: Hero or Villian?

This piece questions historiographical opinions on Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan, and re-assesses his role in one of the most turbulent periods in South Asian history.
AUTHOR: ANEESA YASIN

Stalin’s Cult of Personality: Its Origins and Progression

Stalin established a cult of personality that ensured a secure foundation for his autocratic regime, but how did he do it?
AUTHOR: JULIA KENNY

Mass Communication during the Great Leap Forward, 1958 – 1962

This article explores the various mediums the Chinese Communist Party used to communicate state visions and messages during the Great Leap Forward under Mao Zedong.
AUTHOR: AILA BICER

Dark Tourism of Auschwitz: How should we look back, if at all?

A look at Auschwitz as a destination for modern day tourism.
AUTHOR: WILL LLOYD-REGAN

On This Day in 1929 – The Birth of Anne Frank

A reflection on the life, diary and history of Anne Frank. This article also contains a short review of the Anne Frank Huis. AUTHOR: JULIA KENNY

Challenges to National Unity in Italy, c. 1845 – 1930

Italy faced numerous challenges to national unification in the late nineteenth century. What were they? AUTHOR: AILA BICER