Written by Ella Raphael. A look at the history of pandemics in the face of Covid-19. Continue reading How Pandemics Have Shaped History
Written by Tessa Rodrigues. How We Disappeared is a profound tale told by Jing-Jing Lee which gives a voice to a forgotten generation of Singapore after the Second World War. Continue reading Review: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
Written by Ella Raphael. This article explores the history of the International Monetary Fund and its advantages and disadvantages. Continue reading The International Monetary Fund during the Cold War: Charitable Body or Neo-colonial Power?
Written by Mhairi Ferrier. The Five, by social historian Hallie Rubenhold, tells the untold stories of Jack the Ripper’s victims – the Canonical Five. Painstakingly researched, The Five provides the reader with a view into nineteenth-century society’s attitudes and norms. Continue reading Review: ‘The Five’
Written by Jack Bennett. In the depths of the Cold War in 1959, the ice-covered landmass became a focus of international diplomacy with the three nuclear-weapon states of the USA, USSR and Britain establishing a model to ensure the nuclear-free, peaceful scientific cooperation and protection of Antarctica. This produced a new, globalised governance regime through the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS). Continue reading Protection of the White Continent: The Antarctic Treaty System of 1959
Written by Lewis Twiby. Just two years before the outbreak of the protests in 2019, one of Sudan’s most resilient and important feminists passed away, Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim. Fatima’s life shows the resistance to oppression regardless of the odds, and serves to inspire countless other women. Continue reading Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, and Women’s Power in Sudan
Written by Anna Nicol. On Tuesday 3 March, Dr Emile Chabal, the Director of the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History, organised a Teach-out led by Dr Julie Gibbings (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Nathaniel Morris (University College London). Focusing on Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua, Dr Gibbings and Dr Morris aimed to provide a short overview of indigenous participation in these revolutions over the twentieth century, highlighting various similarities and differences across borders and dissecting indigenous identity and affiliation within each. Continue reading Teach-Out Review: Indigenous Politics and Revolutionary Movements in Latin America
Written by Lewis Twiby. As part of the teach-outs currently happening in solidarity with the UCU Strike, the History Society and the African and Caribbean Society hosted a very informative talk on Edinburgh’s connection to the slave trade. Continue reading Teach-Out Review: How Slavery Changed a City: Edinburgh’s Slave History
Written by: Jamie Gemmell. Following the publication of Dr Jake Blanc’s letter to his students, Jamie Gemmell has conducted interviews with other striking lecturers to shed light on why UCU voted in favour of industrial action. Continue reading Casualisation, Contracts, and Crisis: The University in the early 21st Century
Written by Tristan Craig. As homophobia swelled in the wake of the AIDS epidemic of the same decade, LGBTQ+ inclusion was profoundly absent from the video game industry and those who did feature either did so in a pejorative or peripheral manner. Continue reading ENDURE AND SURVIVE: THE LGBTQ+ HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES
Written by: Tristan Craig. Preserving and restoring structures subject to elemental deterioration presents a plethora of issues to conservationists, something which is only exacerbated by sites which benefit greatly from the tourist trade. Drawing new swathes of visitors to areas on occasion serves as the driving force in restoring ancient monuments but becomes problematic when done so to an inadequate standard. Continue reading The Writing on the Wall: The Perilous Future of Historical Sites and Monuments
Written by: Mhairi Ferrier. The Isle of Rum has a deeply rich history, spanning from the Ice Age to interactions with Vikings before falling victim to the Highland Clearances. A piece of this length could not begin to do justice to the comprehensive history of the island, although there are some points in this history which hold the key to the island’s economic future. Continue reading Kinloch Castle, Isle of Rum.