Fiona Edmonds, University of Cambridge The medieval world has a powerful hold over our modern imaginations. We continually revisit this murky period of history in fictional frolics such as Game … Continue Reading From Medieval Kings to Modern Politics: The Origins of England’s North-South Divide
Anne Austin, Stanford University We might think of state supported health care as an innovation of the 20th century, but it’s a much older tradition than that. In fact, texts … Continue Reading Paid Sick Days and Physicians At Work: Ancient Egyptians Had State-Supported Health Care
Alannah Tomkins, Keele University The UK’s Universal Credit programme, which aims to roll six forms of state welfare including unemployment and housing benefits into one, was launched in 2010 with … Continue Reading Why Universal Credit is Like The Victorian Workhouse
Backgrounding Marx is hard to do, especially when 2018 is the 200th anniversary of his birth and a huge number of global events are focusing on the great man. This … Continue Reading Everyone Knows About Karl Marx, But What About Friedrich Engels?
All languages contain different accents and dialects and these aren’t just linked with geographical location. We have other speech registers and these can be linked to social class, ethnicity, sexuality, … Continue Reading Pit Talk: The Secret Coal Mine Language That’s Now Going Extinct
As the world reflects on 200 years since the birth of Karl Marx, his writings are being sampled by more and more people. If you’re new to the work of … Continue Reading Karl Marx: Ten Things to Read If You Want To Understand Him
Several artefacts of historical interest have been found during the ongoing cleanup operation at New York’s Gowanus Canal, one of the dirtiest and most polluted bodies of water in the … Continue Reading Historic Artefacts Discovered During Cleanup of New York’s Gowanus Canal