Tagged: history


Cinema and History: Leisure Meets Politics

Although the value of film as a primary historical source has long been recognised, especially in light of progress made in digitization techniques, such material is often overlooked in favour of ‘traditional’ documents. With the growth of cinema as a popular leisure time activity from the beginning of the 20th...


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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Podcast #2: On Feminism, Facebook and Future-Archives

As we mentioned when recording our first podcast back in December, we at HTTP have long been planning to make them a regular feature of the website. Now, a mere four-and-a-half months later, we’re proud to present our second audio instalment!


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...


The Communist Table Tennis Conspiracy

On the 8th of November 1932, Major Valentine Vivian, head of MI6’s counter-espionage unit, received a curious message from his subordinates. The reason for the message, his staff noted, ‘will appear to you rather quaint.’ However quaint it may have seemed, it soon became clear that a communist plot was...


Profile of an HTTPer: Simon

Over the next few months, we at HTTP are hoping to start showing our writers in a more human light (after all, most of them are human), with profiles about them and their research. First in the hotseat is Simon, one of our managing editors…

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HTTP Turns 1: Our First Anniversary Podcast

A year ago to the day, we at History to the Public made our first post excitedly announcing the launch of our project. In honour of this momentous occasion, Tiia, Simon, Muzaffar and Alex met up at University College London (UCL) to record a podcast discussing how the project began, how it’s changed over...


Remember Them As You Must

As the first of two World Wars, the Great War is a chilling reminder of the atrocities of war and death. The purpose of this post is to remind us not only of the horrifying realities of war, but also of the brave men and women who fought for their...


Chinese Empresses in the USA

While Twilight and Gossip Girl have become increasingly popular in China, a well-known Chinese TV drama, Empresses in the Palace (后宫·甄嬛传), was also introduced to American audiences this past March. The show was made available exclusively on Netflix, but the low ratings that followed were a shock: it received a...