The Irish Civil War of 1922-3 was fought by Irish nationalists over whether or not to accept the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The treaty had been signed in December 1921, following the War of Independence (1919-1921). During this period in Irish society, numbers of women engaging in organised activity outside of the home were small, but not insignificant. There were women actively engaged in the conflict, and there has been much discussion of their participation in politics and armed struggle. But there were also women active in public life whose activities were not political nor directly connected to the conflict, but that were still very much influenced by it. Many of these women were involved with religious societies that were ostensibly apolitical.
For the first fifty years of Irish independence, domestic violence was shrouded in secrecy and denial. Cara Diver explores how feminist reformers shattered the illusion that the home was always a site of safety for women and their children.
A glimpse into post-war Glasgow life, via the Ruhr, from the unpublished memoirs of Martin Chalmers
Tensions about the rights of native and foreign-born workers in Britain, and attempts to deal with them, are not new but have been the subject of public debate for centuries. Even during the later Middle Ages, the influx of alien workers and its implications for the employment of English-born people was high on the agenda, provoking political crises and prompting the central government to issue new legislation.
Jessica Hinchy writes on how colonial officials sought to eliminate and ‘fix’ the gender identity of ‘Hijras’, who are often termed ‘transgender’, and the contemporary resonance of this process.
What did Peterloo mean in an international context? Shirin Hirsch investigates the connections between Peterloo and a global struggle for freedom.
Petitions are an ancient type of interaction between people and authority that continue to be central to British political culture in the twenty-first century. At the time of writing over 6 million names have been attached to an e-petition to Parliament to revoke article 50 to enable the UK to remain in the EU. Richard Huzzey and Henry Miller look at how the modern form of mass petitions emerged in the nineteenth century to compare them with contemporary e-petitions.
Revolutionary harridans? Ruth Mather argues that historians need to take a closer look at the radical women of Peterloo.
Yellow Vests are rioting in the streets of Paris and calling for President Macron to resign. They are doing it in the streets that Baron Haussmann built to stop urban unrest 190 years ago.
How can different types of historian work together? Laura King argues that collaboration with family historians has the potential to galvanise academic research.