Nathan Richards’s Film Project on Art and the Biafran War

Nathan Richards has completed a fascinating film that explores the legacies of the Biafran War (1967-70).  Please click on the first link to learn more about this project and on the second one to explore the film itself. A Sojourn to the Vault – FV https://intheshadowofbiafra.com

Festschrift (commemorative volume) for Emeritus Professor Michael Jones

After being awarded his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1966, Michael Jones taught for a year at the University of Exeter before joining the History Department at the University of Nottingham in September 1967 as an assistant lecturer. Promoted Reader in 1984 and Professor of French Medieval History in 1991, he retired in …

Harry Cocks’s new article on the Conservative Party and horse-racing in Parliamentary History

In May 2023 the Jockey Club, organisers of the Epsom Derby, which has been run almost every year since 1780, gained an injunction against the animal rights group Animal Rising to try and prevent them invading the race when it is run on 3rd June. The group threatens to stop the race because of what …

David Appleby’s compelling new book chapter on the aftermath of the English Civil Wars

The wars which ravaged the British Isles between 1639 and 1651 took a huge toil on civilian communities. Staffordshire, located in the English Midlands, was unfortunate enough to be considered strategically important to both Charles I and Parliament. The petitions of maimed soldiers and war widows not only reveal the extent of suffering within Staffordshire …

ISOS launches new book series with Cambridge University Press

With support from the Institute for the Study of Slavery (ISOS), Cambridge University Press has launched an exciting new book series, “Histories of Slavery and its Global Legacies.” Like ISOS, the series is global in its remit and seeks to break down traditional geographical and disciplinary boundaries in order to advance the scholarly understanding of …

Samantha Knapton’s New Book on Displacement, Occupation and Humanitarianism

Dr. Samantha Knapton’s new book on the history of migration and displacement in post-WW2 Europe has just been published with Bloomsbury Press.  The author, who is one of the new staff in the department, had this to say about the work: “At the end of the Second World War, up to 60 million displaced persons …

A Hard Day’s Knight: Matt Hefferan’s new monograph

It was common in medieval Europe for kings to retain a number of household knights in their personal service. Doing so provided them with a small group of loyal servants who could perform a variety of valuable functions at the king’s command. In my recent book, I focus on the household knights of one of …

Dr. Kate Law examines women and nation-building in Zimbabwe

Questions of belonging, particularly in relation to the process of decolonisation in Southern Africa, remain an enduring research interest of mine. Yet scholars of the end of the empire have been remarkably slow in embracing gender as a serious category of analysis. Challenging this orthodoxy, my 2020 open-access article, ‘“We wanted to be free as …

Jörg Arnold’s new article on miners and masculinity in 1970s and 80s Britain

Even after the final demise of the Britain’s coal industry some seven years ago, the figure of the miner continues to exert a special hold on the cultural imagination. Miners are depicted as both admirable and pitiful. They represent the lost world of industrial Britain that was swept aside by the de-industrial revolution of the …

New book on Penguin Books from Dr. Dean Blackburn

The author writes: Penguin Books and Political Change traces the social and political thought of those intellectuals and policy-makers who helped to shape post-war. In doing so, it tells a story about the rise and fall of what we might call Britain’s ‘meritocratic moment’. From the 1930s, I argue, thinkers from across the political spectrum began …