How do responses to the USS pension dispute echo Victorian complaints about the ‘servant problem’? Phil Hedges explores, with some help from E. P. Thompson.
In the context of the ongoing fallout of the Salisbury nerve attack, Ulf Schmidt & David Peace explore the troubling history of the British state’s relationship with chemical weapons and secret science.
In light of the recent “Windrush scandal”, Kennetta Hammond Perry asks what aspects of British history are extolled, and which facets remain illegible in popular renditions of the Windrush narrative – and offers up alternative “usable pasts” to understand Black people’s relationship to British citizenship.
What is the history behind the global plastics crisis and what are the solutions? Simon Pirani argues that we need to look at technological systems and social and economic systems in which they are embedded.
Citizenship ‘stripping’ laws have expanded the idea of a failed citizen, a boundary shaped by racialised and Islamophobic ‘moral panic’. May Robson examines what it means to be an illegal immigrant in Britain.
As far right populism resurges in Europe, Neil Gregor reflects on what the British public could learn from an exhibition on right wing extremism in Germany since 1945
David Kilgannon brings a historical perspective to Ireland’s treatment of the intellectually disabled.
How are decisions made in a union? Jack Saunders looks at workplace organisation in the NHS and the motor industry in the post-war period, and offers lessons for the present day.
As popular ideas of British empire become a battleground in Brexit Britain, Charlotte Lydia Riley examines the emergence of imperial history wars
In the final part of our series on the UCU pensions dispute, two members of university staff reflect on higher education hierarchies, media portrayals of striking workers, and the implications for non-teaching staff members.