‘A world I wanted to understand better’: Hanna Matt, our LEAP Language prize winner 2017, tells us about her fantastic experience learning Russian during her History degree.

Hanna Matt, 2nd Year History Student, Winner of LEAP Student Prize 2016-17 The spark that set the flame alight was my first-year history in practice course with Dr. Kristy Ironside entitled ‘Stalinist Society’, which covered a wide range of topics about Soviet history – from Stalin’s constitution to family values and a study of one…

Feminism and the Politics of Prostitution in the 1970s and 1980s: Professor Judith Walkowitz discusses her latest research and forthcoming visit to Manchester!

Torso Installation, ‘Prostitution: What’s Going On?’ Exhibition at the Women’s Library, Whitechapel, 2006. Image courtesy of Professor Walkowitz. In 1972 I joined a small cohort of feminist historians who insisted that prostitution had a history.  At the time, prostitution remained low on the agenda of women’s liberation on both sides of the Atlantic.  Women liberationists…

Connecting Medieval Worlds: The exciting new seminar series!

Introducing the ‘Global Middle Ages’ When most people think about the Middle Ages, they will not be thinking of pottery in Ghana or Nubian embassies to Europe. Closer to home, they probably won’t know that the first archbishop of Canterbury was a Greek monk from modern-day Turkey, or the medieval legend that Britain was discovered…

Hidden Cold War History at Jodrell Bank Observatory!

Teaching the Cold War at the Jodrell Bank Observatory Dr Kristy Ironside and Dr Thomas Tunstall-Allcock When asked to list the various battlegrounds of the Cold War, one might readily point to the 1962 showdown between Kennedy and Khrushchev over missiles in Cuba, as well as the Korean and Vietnam proxy wars, but not the…

Trump, Armageddon and the Return of History

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes. Sometimes ascribed to Mark Twain, this bonmot sounds like an increasingly banal truism. But it should give us food for thought and the possibility to ruminate what uses history can be put to in the light of current affairs. And by this…

Conference: Representations, Reflections and Constructs: The international perception of the formative period of Iranian Nationalism (1896-1926) throughout the 20th century

Two photos symbolising the beginning and the end of the period in question: Left, Mirza Kermani who assassinated Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar; Right, the coronation of Reza Shah Pahlavi. Date and time : Friday, 25 November 2016 10.30am-1.15pm and 2.30pm-6.15pm Venue : Salle des colloques, CNRS 27 rue Paul Bert, 94204 Ivry-sur-Seine An International One-Day Scholarly Workshop organised jointly…

Our students win Martin Harris prizes!

A HUGE congratulations from all of us at the History Department to two recent graduates, Bethany Amos and Elena Cotton (both BA Politics and Modern History), who are recipients of this year’s Martin Harris Prizes. To quote the Martin Harris Centre, ‘The 2016 Martin Harris Prize for Cultural Engagement and Social Responsibility has been awarded to…