The British Empire holds a strange place in the UK’s national memory; many young people have little knowledge of it while many older people remember it fondly, with 65% of over 65s in a YouGov poll saying the Empire was something to be proud of in 2014. Considering that the British Empire lasted for … More Don’t Mention the Empire!
I think it best I preface this with some definitions otherwise someone will revolt. Second International= Organisation of Socialist and Labour parties. ISB= International Socialist Bureau- Permanent organisers of the above. ISC= International Socialist Comission- Like the above but friendly to the Zimmerwald Movement. SDP= Social Democrat Party- just testing you on this one! This was the state … More The Zimmerwald Movement: Why you shouldn’t bring socialism to the dinner table.
It is somewhat staggering that it has taken just over a hundred years since the end of the Women’s Social and Political Union’s (WSPU) campaign for a film based on the British fight for women’s suffrage to be made. This is made even more staggering that on television the only production on women’s suffrage was … More Suffragette: Some Thoughts
The Just war theory is incredibly interesting. Its origins date from ancient history and has helped us view warfare in the 21st century. It was by this theory that George Bell criticised and attacked Bomber Command in WW2. I will be using Bell as an example when explaining the theory. Mainly because I have studied … More Just War Theory
When war was declared in August 1914 the women’s suffrage campaign had been going on for fifty years. Some historians have argued women were close to achieving their aims while others have argued that women were no closer than previous years. However it is undeniable that the women’s suffrage campaign was radically interrupted by the … More Women’s Suffrage and the First World War
Throughout his decade-long reign from AD 69 to 79, Vespasian actively refuted any claims of divinity and moves toward an imperial cult within the borders of Rome, but made little attempt to dispel divine worship of himself in the provinces in a bid to reinforce the central focus on Rome and the emperor as an … More ‘Oh Dear, I Think I’m Becoming A God’: Vespasian and the Divine
The Major- Karl Marx and to an extent Lenin After watching the film, Animal Farm recently, I decided to review it further and look to the links it has with real life events. The film Animal Farm is one based on the book by George Orwell and is written soon after the end of the … More My Review on Animal Farm- showing the communist party in its true colours?
The Chinese Communist Party, formally born in 1921 and reinvigorated by the victory of Mao Zedong in 1949, succeeded not only out of its political ingenuity and advances, but also through the failures and shortcomings of its competitors and enemies. Mao’s inspirational rhetoric on 1st October 1949 claimed that with the reign of the People’s … More Victors of Circumstance – The Rise of Chinese Communism
The ideological black sheep of the Chinese Communist Party during the 1980s, Zhao Ziyang was ultimately held in view by the party as a significant cause of the Tiananmen Square protests that led to the massacre of June 3rd and 4th 1989, resulting in the deaths of an unknown number of students, labourers and Beijing citizens. … More Zhao Ziyang – The Tiananmen Catalyst
For the final post of our lost causes month we shall be looking at the Levellers, a group of rebels during England’s Civil War 1642-1651, who as a political movement attempted to bring ‘religious toleration, law reform, free trade, an extension to the voting franchise, and rights guaranteed under a written constitution and a government … More Lost Causes: Levellers.