Tag: Political History
The Flags of Reaction: The Usage of Past Symbology by the Global Far-Right
Throughout history, flags have served as emblems of both the state and national identity. However, they can also be used to propagate political ideology and as symbolic statements in partisan protest, as Christopher Boyne discusses.
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.
‘Fighting Bob’: Attempting an American Labour Party
Written by Sam Marks. US Politics remains, on average, shifted to the right when compared to European states. But, the 1924 presidential election has one often overlooked candidate who was the champion of the progressive movement. Sam Marks explores the significance of Robert M. ‘Fighting Bob’ La Follette.
The Rise and Fall of ETA: The Spanish Terrorist Groups’ Bloodiest Years
Written by Sally Dolphin. The Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), over it’s 50 year operation period, caused huge amounts of bloodshed in the Basque region of northern Spain. Sally Dolphin explores this violent episode in Spanish political history.
The Power of Publishing: In Conversation with Professor Kara Cooney
For our Welcome Week 2021 event, Retrospect was joined by Professor Kara Cooney to discuss publishing, power and her latest book, ‘The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World’.
Masseur, Minister, Showgirl, Spy – Christine Keeler and the Affair That Has It All
Written by Sophie Whitehead. The Profumo scandal has been written about and re-interpreted in dozens of ways throughout the last seventy years, but what do we know about it now? And how can it offer insight into British society in the 1960s?
Redefining Humanity: Political Philosophy in African British Anti-Slavery Literature
Written by Charlie Horlick. Ottobah Cugoano’s writing has been typically framed as a slave narrative, yet it is perhaps more than that. Part political economy, part meditation on morality, it should be integrated into the canon of eighteenth-century philosophy.
The Rise and Fall of Liberal Evangelicalism in the United States
Written by Jess Womack. The evangelical Christian right in US politics holds immense influence today, but there was a time when liberal evangelicalism was similarly influential. Why did evangelical Christians align with the left? And how did this position change so drastically?