The Stansted 15, peaceful protesters who grounded a deportation charter flight have been convicted of terror-related charges. This disproportionate response by the British state must be situated within a wave of criminalisation and delegitimisation of migrant solidarity across Europe at a time of great political and economic unease.
Histories of the Present
Britain’s Brexit shambles owes much to historical mythologies about Britain’s role in the Second World War, shaped by imperial legacies. Robert Knight explores Joe Wright’s much praised film Darkest Hour as a prominent recent example, hailed as ‘superb Brexit propaganda’.
Historian Karen Harvey on the hidden symbolism of rabbits and women’s bodies in The Favourite, and the real-life case of eighteenth-century mother Mary Toft.
Alice Billington explores a historical culture of secrecy that still informs ideas about menstruation today
The British Empire was built on economic and racial exploitation and now that debt must be recognised, writes Gurminder K. Bhambra.
Seamus Flaherty on the history of a word which has surged back into public discourse this year.
How is the Anthropocene – the epoch in which humans have become a major force changing earth systems – changing the nature of historians’ evidence base?
What does it mean to live in a world with borders? Historian Becky Taylor reflects on the history of border controls.
Room to Breathe is a new exhibition from the Migration Museum, London, which aims to tell the stories of migration to and from the UK over the centuries.
Rather than looking for American or European parallels, Michelle Carmody argues, Jair Bolsonaro’s rise to power is best understood in the context of Brazil’s own Cold War past.