Category: Research

General Research

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A spotlight on Dr Shirley Summerskill

Dr Shirley Catherine Wynne Summerskill, Labour politician for Halifax (1964–1983), was born on the 9th September 1931 to Edith Summerskill MP and Dr E Jeffrey Samuel. Before her entrance into Westminster in October 1964 (succeeding Conservative Maurice Macmillan MP in Halifax) Summerskill worked as a General Practitioner, which was reflected...

The Murderous Midwife 0

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: English Midwives in the late 17th Century

Midwives posed a serious problem in seventeenth-century England. Excluded from formal medical training, these women were largely lower-class and self-taught, working from experience rather than theory. According to the elite doctors of the 1690s, this made them a threat: their ignorance and negligence endangered the women they delivered, and their...

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Art as a tool of historic preservation

Since the Renaissance, art has been an important tool for recording the physical and built environment for posterity. In fact, historian Rosemary Sweet claims that the act of taking ‘notes and drawings of any and all antiquities before they were lost’ was understood to be an act of preservation in...

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Mrs, Dr, MP: Pathé Close-Up of Dr Edith Summerskill

  British Pathé has a wealth of videos which provide a window into the history of modern Britain. For the Research Challenge, as part of the MPhil in Modern British History MPhil here at Cambridge, our course directors invited us to select a video from this archive and historicise it....

Intellectual history for beginners 0

Intellectual History for Beginners

This article is intended for graduate students and young researchers who have just started to take an interest in intellectual history or are considering dipping their toe into the subject. This is neither a scholarly article nor a condensed lesson on the subject; this article simply highlights the necessary preliminary...

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Research Meets Real Life

As a history PhD student, I have come to realise that my work, as thoroughly researched, as beautifully written, and as wonderfully entertaining as it is (at least to me) will likely never be read by the general public. The creation of outlets for snippets of interesting history such as...

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An Important Lady: Gertrude Bell in Iraq

November 26, 2017. One hundred years ago to the day, The Manchester Guardian published the contents of an agreement between England and France (ratified by Russia) that divided the Middle East into European zones of influence. This treaty (which would become known as the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916) directly contradicted...

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The Land of the Post-Modern

The Pole Andrzej Stasiuk and the Ukrainian Juri Andruchowycz, both born in 1960, are two of the most read contemporary writers from Central and Eastern Europe. Their works have been translated into many languages and they have close contacts in the West, particularly Germany. At first glance, their success seems...

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On the importance of local history

This summer holiday I have read 156 copies of my local paper on microfilm. Amidst the tedium of adverts for a brand new Asda, celebrations of newly-weds and asbestos scandals, the local Gazette has given me an invaluable insight into the relationship between local and national politics in the 1980s....