Housing protests in Sixties Ireland framed activism within narratives of domestic political commemoration, and within broader social movements of the decade. What lessons can modern protest groups learn about the power of political commemoration?
Histories of the Present
During the Second World War, some 34,000 women were used as prostitutes in Nazi-run brothels across occupied Europe. Their forgotten experience provides the inspiration for Mary Chamberlain’s new novel The Hidden.
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.
Kieran Connell takes us through his personal journey on what brought him to researching Handsworth, an inner city locality in Birmingham, and what it might tell us about multiculturalism in modern Britain.
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 is the role of space and place in the commemoration of Peterloo? Katrina Navickas explores the massacre’s legacy in the streets of Manchester.
How do our family stories shape our sense of what constitutes “history”? The historian Julia Laite explores.
These are strange times in the politics of the police. In a companion piece to his History Workshop Journal article, Jonah Miller explores the historical background to debates over stop and search.
In 2013 the whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed to the world that the US National Security Agency had engaged in massive-scale ‘dataveillance’. The history of surveillance offers vital lessons for the current moment.
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.