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

The Purpose and Role of Police Forces, Prisons, and Law Courts in Colonial and Post-Colonial Egypt and Sudan

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download This article will explain the changing natures of the police forces, prisons, and law courts of Egypt and Sudan across their colonial and post-colonial histories. Although, for the sake of clarity, these three elements will be dealt with individually, it is important that the interconnected nature of these … Continue reading The Purpose and Role of Police Forces, Prisons, and Law Courts in Colonial and Post-Colonial Egypt and Sudan

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”

Piracy and Social Banditry

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download For as long as there has been sea-faring trade, there have been people who seek to exploit its riches; pirates, the ‘enemies of all mankind’. To describe pirates, a group traditionally known as quintessentially villainous, as “social bandits” seems initially preposterous but the more we learn about their … Continue reading Piracy and Social Banditry

Rebuilding the Old Tyne Bridge: The Victorians’ Relationship With Their Medieval Heritage

Download this article (includes footnotes, bibliography, and primary sources)Download https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu841gWqa64 Our video presentation (above) gives a quick and accessible summary of our main arguments. An important aspect of how a civilisation defines its own identity rests on how it perceives its own history. In this article, we are looking at one aspect of how a … Continue reading Rebuilding the Old Tyne Bridge: The Victorians’ Relationship With Their Medieval Heritage