An American Historian visits Vietnam & Cambodia

Several things got me interested in U.S. history when I was a teenager – rock n’roll, blues, civil rights, John F. Kennedy (hard to believe now!), and the war in Vietnam.  By the time I became a student at Edinburgh University, protests against American involvement in the conflict in S.E. Asia had spread to Britain … More An American Historian visits Vietnam & Cambodia

Votes for Women: the 1918 Representation of the People Act

The 1918 Representation of the People Act of 6 February 1918 is one of the cornerstones of our parliamentary democracy. It set the foundations of the principle of ‘one person, one vote’ and established the current, though often disputed, ‘first past the post’ system of deciding which party has the right to form the government. … More Votes for Women: the 1918 Representation of the People Act

Race, ‘Britishness’, and History in Schools: reflections on another Black History Month in Cheltenham

This October marked the third consecutive year that myself and the University have collaborated with other organisations in order to celebrate Black History Month in Cheltenham. This local partnership, which includes the University’s History, and Equality and Diversity departments, the African Community Foundation in Gloucestershire, and the Borough Council, helps to organise a range of … More Race, ‘Britishness’, and History in Schools: reflections on another Black History Month in Cheltenham