The Great Gatsby: Class, Society and the American Dream

Possibly one of the most well-loved American novels, one of the most read and the most famous, Fitzgerald’s story of the booming ’20s in New York was the definition of a sleeper hit. Fitzgerald himself was long dead before he could see it appreciated and  its legacy is still being debated today. At its beginning, … More The Great Gatsby: Class, Society and the American Dream

Did Beliefs in Witches Really Decline in the Eighteenth Century?

Witch trials in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries have become rather famous: they have become a part of popular culture and have been researched with interest due to, what some historians label, the  ‘witch craze’ that occurred during these particular centuries. Why was a belief in witchcraft and magic so strong? Why did so many … More Did Beliefs in Witches Really Decline in the Eighteenth Century?

Jane Austen as a Source for Eighteenth-Century and Regency Women

Jane Austen’s famous works have transcended the past two centuries and are as well-known now as they were when they were first published. Her novels on the lives of the Bennett sisters, the Dashwoods, and the famous Emma were popular in their own times and today, with film and TV adaptations especially popular since the … More Jane Austen as a Source for Eighteenth-Century and Regency Women

Romani: The Migrations of a Travelling People

The Romani people are traditionally known for their nomadic lifestyles, and their travels throughout areas of Europe. Historians now agree that the Roma culture and people originated from North West India, emigrating around the eleventh century into what is now Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. Here, they split into two groups, one going south to the … More Romani: The Migrations of a Travelling People

#MLKAlsoSaid: Re-remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in 2015

With the recent release of Selma, the historical film based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights marches, there’s been a rise in voices and opinions on the way not just Black History is remembered, but also the way in which we remember key actors within the Civil Rights movement. Recent hashtags trending on … More #MLKAlsoSaid: Re-remembering Martin Luther King Jr. in 2015