The Use of Art as a Political Tool in Renaissance Italy
Written by Shea Ferguson. Whilst the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo have become household names as masters of the Italian Renaissance, the powerful patrons behind their private works are lesser known. Shea Ferguson explores how art became embroiled in the political sphere of fifteenth-century Italy, and what this meant for its players.
Mansa Musa: Reorienting Assumptions of African Development in Mali
Written by Amy Hendrie. According to present value, Mansa Musa, the fourteenth-century leader of the Mali Empire, was the richest man who has ever lived. Despite this, his name is largely missing from the Brittish curriculum. Amy Hendrie explores the life of legacy of the man at the head of West Africa’s largest empire.
Ageing in the Time of Osteology
Written by Etta Coleman. What can studying bone remains tell us about age in historical terms? Etta Coleman discusses the use of Osteology as means for assessing general aging in pre-modern societies, along with its varying challenges, both practical and conceptual.
The Identity Crisis of a Planet: Pluto’s Discovery and Reclassification
Written by Kat Jivkova. Writing the history behind Pluto’s “demotion” to a dwarf planet. Kat Jivkova examines the history of the discovery and classification of Pluto, an accident that provoked remarkable emotional reaction.
The Road to Romer
Written by Connall MacLennan. What lead up to the Romer v. Evans Supreme Court Case, fundamental to gay rights in the United States? Connall MacLennan traces it back to the shifting struggle for gay rights in Colorado, many crucial participants of which have been unrecognised.
The International Geophysical Year: The Greatest Science Fair of All Time
Written by Sam Marks. The International Geophysical Year changed the course of scientific development – not least for the technological advancements it oversaw but the collaborative efforts between the nations involved. Sam Marks explores the legacy of this important, albeit largely forgotten, moment in human history.
Was Anwar Sadat a Feminist?
Written by Amy Hendrie. The conflicting legacy and motivations of the Egyptian president Anwar Sadat is explored by Amy Hendrie. A complex figure, Sadat in several ways raised the position of women in his country, even if it was for his own ends.
All’s Unfair in Marriage and Divorce
Written by Sophie Whitehead. How has gender inequality historically been expressed in marriage and divorce law? Sophie Whitehead examines how deep-seated, yet often subtle, discrepancies have evolved, and in some cases remain, in England and Wales.