La Catedral: A Transformation of Prison Hierarchy in Colombia’s Narco Era
Purpose-built to accommodate drug cartel leader Pablo Escobar, La Catedral was a world away from the typical Colombian prison. Kat Jivkova examines this exceptional facility and the authority wielded by its powerful inmate.
Kid Gloves and Cable Desks: The Challenges and Chances of Female War Correspondents
Since the late nineteenth century, female war correspondents have challenged societal barriers impeding access to the profession. Verity Limond discusses the history of women working in a position dominated by men, and the distinctly human aspect of their reporting.
Princess on the Streets: How Catherine of Aragon Came to Live on the Strand
Following the sudden death of her first husband, Catherine of Aragon found herself thrust into poverty and turmoil regarding her consequent betrothal. Marnie Camping-Harris discusses the turbulent formative years of the future Queen of England.
What Caused the Collapse of the Legendary Bronze Age?
The collapse of Bronze Age societies during the twelfth century BC has prompted a number of theories regarding the cause. Fleur O’Reilly examines some of the prevailing arguments and potential motivating factors behind this widespread cultural deterioration.
Justinianic Wars: A Study
The reconquests of Justinian I during the sixth century saw a large number of territories reunified under Roman rule. However, with insufficient resources to cover multiple fronts, Dido Papikinou discusses how his imperial victories ultimately threatened the stability of the Eastern Roman Empire.
Phineas Gage: Mind’s the Gap
In 1848, an iron tamping rod was impaled through the head of railroad foreman Phineas Gage. His survival and recovery would render him a curiosity across the medical sciences. Sam Marks explores the mystery, and misrepresentation, surrounding the case.
Migration and the Neocolonial ‘National Front’: British Post-war Immigration Policy and Culture
HMT Empire Windrush brought hundreds of migrants from Commonwealth countries with the promise of employment and prosperity; what greeted them was discrimination and racism. Ash Tomkins discusses the impact of Britain’s hostile post-war immigration policy, the effects of which are felt to this day.
Journeying to the Centre of the Earth: The Scientific Accuracy of Jules Verne’s Writing
French novelist Jules Verne has been celebrated for over a century as a pioneer of the science fiction genre. Kat Jivkova examines the scientific accuracy of his work to determine whether this appellation obscures his legacy.