Scotland & Empire
Whilst abolitionists are widely celebrated, Scotland’s involvement in the slave trade is often overlooked and forgotten. Angela Davis examines the colonial legacy of Scottish men in Australia.
Argentine Borderlands: Relationships Between Torturers and Desaparecidos Under the Military Junta
Under the brutal rule of the military junta in Argentina from 1976 to 1983, hundreds of secret torture camps were established to interrogate and imprison suspected agitators and ‘subversives’. Kat Jivkova examines the relationship between prisoners and guards in these camps and the intriguing ways in which the boundaries between the two groups oftentimes blurred.
Origin and Myth: Scotland’s Stone of Destiny
Myths abound about the origins of the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone. Megan Crutchley traverses these legends and explores what they can tell us about how Scots understand their country’s past as well as its present.
Infomercial Agenda: Ross Perot’s 1992 Presidential Campaign
In 1992, Ross Perot ran in the US presidential elections as an independent candidate, using infomercials to target American households. Sam Marks discusses his electoral campaign and its unprecedented methods.
Sid and Nancy: “Punk’s Romeo and Juliet” or a toxic obsession?
The relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen has become embroiled in speculation and sensationalism in the decades following their deaths. Naomi Wallace examines the romanticism which continues to surround two of punk’s most enduring figures.
Arthur of Brittany: The Original Disappearing Prince
Despite a claim to the throne and popular support from France, Arthur of Brittany would vanish from the annals of history in 1203 following his imprisonment by King John. Marnie-Camping Harris discusses his unsuccessful struggle for the crown and mysterious disappearance.
On the Defence of Wine: Medical Discourse during the Global Temperance Movement
During the temperance movement of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, proponents of the health benefits of wine sought to counter its growing influence. Kat Jivkova examines the cultural and medical discourse which defended its consumption.
‘Do you hear the people sing?’: A History of Civil Unrest in France
Is the stereotype about French people always going on strike true? Ione Gildroy examines a history of civil unrest in France.