Anthropocene Ecologies of Nutrition and Economy

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download The Ethiopian drought of 1983 to 1985, that lead to a famine which left 1.2 million people dead and 2.5 million displaced, was not an act of God. This time something was different, or something was different in the way people were beginning to view what environmental disasters … Continue reading Anthropocene Ecologies of Nutrition and Economy

Nature as Identity: An Environmental History of Bristol’s Civic Improvement Societies

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download INTRODUCTION When the ash had settled at the end of the second world war, Bristol emerged from it quite the different city to how it had entered at the beginning. Bombing had destroyed many buildings such as the Jacobean St Peter’s Hospital and St Peter’s church as well … Continue reading Nature as Identity: An Environmental History of Bristol’s Civic Improvement Societies

The Child Botanical: A Case For Exploring The Intersection Between Environmental History and The History of Childhood

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download Childhood in Britain today, as a concept, is extremely precious to society. Children are pure, innocent, as of yet uncorrupted by the world; theirs are ‘the hands by which we take hold of heaven’. They represent the future, both very literally but also conceptually in that they are … Continue reading The Child Botanical: A Case For Exploring The Intersection Between Environmental History and The History of Childhood

Dead River: An Environmental History of the Tyne Improvement Commission 1850-1968CE

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download For men may come and men may go,But I go on forever.- Alfred Tennyson, ‘The Brook’. Introduction The Significance of River History When searching for a location to build a home, the humans who founded the first settlements on the Tyne had several priorities in mind. First and … Continue reading Dead River: An Environmental History of the Tyne Improvement Commission 1850-1968CE

Devoted Admirers and Bitter Enemies – Assessing our current understanding of T. Dan Smith Part 3: Sources

Download this article (includes footnotes, bibliography, and primary sources)Download If you are unfamiliar with the history of T Dan Smith, it is advised that you read part 1 ('Local Hero or Corrupt Councillor?') and part 2 ('Which Way to Utopia') before reading this. Thomas Daniel Smith will always exist as a controversial figure, a polariser … Continue reading Devoted Admirers and Bitter Enemies – Assessing our current understanding of T. Dan Smith Part 3: Sources

Which Way to Utopia? Assessing Our Current Understanding T. Dan Smith Part 2: Historiography

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download If you are unfamiliar with the history of T Dan Smith, I recommend that you read part 1 ('Local Hero or Corrupt Councillor?') before reading this. For this article I have chosen eight pieces of historiography surrounding the life of T. Dan Smith to review. Due to the … Continue reading Which Way to Utopia? Assessing Our Current Understanding T. Dan Smith Part 2: Historiography

Local Hero or Corrupt Councillor? Assessing Our Current Understanding T. Dan Smith Part 1: Introduction

This article will initially seek to introduce you to T. Dan Smith and the debates that exist surrounding his political and personal careers. It is deliberately short and omits much fine detail however this is in service of its central aim: to peak your interest in this topic and spark some enthusiasm for the mysteries … Continue reading Local Hero or Corrupt Councillor? Assessing Our Current Understanding T. Dan Smith Part 1: Introduction

Imperialism Personified: A Brief Evaluation of Evelyn Baring’s “Modern Egypt”

Even in 1908 it was apparent to many people that Modern Egypt was written with an agenda. Indeed, critics within Britain and Egypt accused Lord Cromer of peddling ‘half-truths’ and using his text as a ‘velvet glove [to hide] the iron hand of his own jealous autocracy’. It was felt by many that the whole … Continue reading Imperialism Personified: A Brief Evaluation of Evelyn Baring’s “Modern Egypt”

The Effect of The Civil Rights Movement on United States Foreign Policy

On the 17th of May 1954, the United States Supreme Court concluded a landmark case that would bring to the fore a national movement which would last for nearly 15 years. The case, known as ‘Brown v. Board of Education’ ruled for desegregation in schools nationwide, calling on the 14th Amendment in espousing “separate but … Continue reading The Effect of The Civil Rights Movement on United States Foreign Policy

History in the making: How the Past is Made

This article has been created deliberately in tandem with another entitled ‘The Soft Underbelly of Winston Churchill’. Please read that one before you read this one. People often express the opinion that they are viewing, or are party to, ‘history in the making’. That they are bearing witness to some momentous occurrence which is inherently … Continue reading History in the making: How the Past is Made