The Differences Between Utopias, Dystopias, and Heterotopias

Download this article (includes footnotes and bibliography)Download Utopias, dystopias, and heterotopias, as concepts in both the literary and historical senses, are ultimately all created to serve the same purpose; to critique contemporary society. By asking you to imagine a different world, they allow ‘cognitive estrangement’ from reality, offering you an outside platform which grants perspective … Continue reading The Differences Between Utopias, Dystopias, and Heterotopias

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

What Hong Lou Meng Tells us About 18th Century China

In other circumstances it would be considered more practical to incorporate a study of a text such as Hong Lou Meng ('A Dream of Red Mansions') into a larger base of source materials, considering parallel works and other non-fictitious data. However, the insufficiency of information around vital areas that Hong Lou Meng covers, and the … Continue reading What Hong Lou Meng Tells us About 18th Century China

The Generalising Crisis of the 17th Century

‘The mid-seventeenth century experienced a “general crisis” in which a wave of economic, social and political upheavals swept over many parts of the northern hemisphere’ (Parker, 2001, p.20) To accurately assess this statement, it is necessary to first define the term ‘general crisis’. For the purposes of this article the definition used herein has been … Continue reading The Generalising Crisis of the 17th Century

The 17th Century Economic and Political Crises Compared

The problem with the debate around ‘the general crisis of the 17th century’ arose as soon as the phrase was put to paper, it’s the same problem that plagues debates over ‘brexit’, the central term is nebulous. Historians must decide for themselves what ‘general’ refers to, which causes great conflict like that we see between … Continue reading The 17th Century Economic and Political Crises Compared