Category: Current Affairs

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#Somme100 – commemoration or appropriation?

Today marks 100 years since the beginning of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. As the bloodiest battle of the First World War, it still resonates in public memory throughout Europe and worldwide. The battle (in fact a series of connected battles) caused around 419 000 British and 204...

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European Solidarity: Some food for thought

A timely conference at the University of Augsburg in Germany last week (23-25 June) explored the meaning of European solidarity. For three days, scholars from across Europe and the US discussed what European solidarity has meant for Europe, Europeans and the rest of the world since 1800. The Brexit vote...

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Changes and continuities in the British Welfare State

The welfare state is often at the forefront of political debate in contemporary British politics. In popular memory, Clement Attlee’s Labour government and its ‘New Jerusalem’ symbolises the dawning of the welfare state. However, the methods used to address poverty, and especially the language associated with it, are continuous with...

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HTTPers Conclude Women’s History Month

We want to reflect back on the posts and related events during Women’s History Month by answering the following questions: What have we learnt? How has it affected our understanding of historical topics? What can we take from it to make history move forward? Gaelle: What strikes me is the...

A Short History of Second Wave Feminism 0

A Short History of Second Wave Feminism

In many of the discussions that are happening in and around feminism today, it is common to come across terms referring to the ‘waves’ of feminism. My own research, looking at how motherhood is represented in European cinema in the 1960s and ‘70s, involves a lot of engagement with ‘second...

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British Politics: A System Shaped By Masculinity

According to the UK Parliament website, when women over the age of 21 were granted the vote in 1928, ‘full equality’ with men was achieved. However, that achievement  is only one facet of women’s involvement in British politics; the reality is more complex. Patterns of exclusion have evolved within the...

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‘An Experience Much Worse Than Rape’: The Force-Feeding of the Price Sisters, 1973-74

The Price sisters occupy an ambiguous space in Northern Irish history. Jailed in 1973 for their role in the IRA London bombing campaign, Dolours and Marian went on hunger strike in a campaign to be repatriated to Northern Ireland. Doctors force-fed the sisters for much of their 200-day protest. The...

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Martyrology and Motherhood: the ‘Polish Mother’ in Postwar National Identity

Devastating as the Second World War undoubtedly was for the whole of Europe, virtually no country was subjected to greater or more traumatic destruction than Poland. These traumas would take decades to process fully, for the Polish state and its populace. Indeed, the war had created such an immense and...