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.
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.
From #MeToo to migrant solidarity, HWO editors select ten moments in which radical history was made in 2018
How did a papal diktat on birth control trigger a “Catholic ’68” that spread across Europe? Alana Harris investigates a radical moment of cathedral pray-ins and theological dissent aimed at ‘making all things new’.
With the World Cup underway in Putin’s Russia, Raanan Rein looks back forty years to the controversies surrounding the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, and the transnational solidarity campaign that sprang up in response.
Sheffield’s street tree crisis in historical perspective.
Medals for antimilitarism. Jared Davidson on New Zealand’s Socialist Cross of Honour and the personal tales of the antimilitarist movement.
Protesters from the US, UK, Canada and Ireland reflect on the Women’s March of 21 January 2017.
January 21, 2017 witnessed the largest one-day protest led by women that the world has ever seen. We want to help preserve the spirit, energy, hope and optimism of that day by asking those who attended the march to submit their thoughts, impressions and memories of the day.
A protest will be held this Friday at 11 am, 30th November outside the Rookery entrance, Ruskin College, Oxford, demanding that the destruction of historic student records should stop and a petition signed by 7,500 people will be presented to Ruskin’s governors