Tagged: Politics

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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....

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Still Our Bodies, Still Ourselves: American Women’s Health Activism Today

Donald Trump became the American president-elect on November 9th, and since then, American national news coverage has continued to document his cabinet picks and planned policies for office. However, beginning during the election campaign, a strong vocal protest to his presidency resounded from feminists. During the election season, Trump made...

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What exactly is populism?

In the past six months the political status quo has been questioned in both the UK and the US. Many in the US were shocked that Trump, a populist rightwinger, won the electoral college vote. In the UK, Remainers were incredulous over Leavers winning the Brexit vote, which illustrated how...

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The Day Human Character Changed

On or about June 2016, human character changed, and I finally understood the meaning of postmodernism. When I emerged from the Underground at Tottenham Court Road, navigating the sea of black umbrellas towards the British Museum, I felt it. There was a hush, a heightened British reserve, as the men...

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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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The Politics of Affluence in 1950s and 1960s Britain

The 1950s can largely be seen as a period when the majority of the UK population benefited from increased living standards and were able to buy a growing number of goods for mass consumption. Despite delivering this change in the standard of living for much of the electorate, it was...