Contemporary Politics and the Generational Divide

This post comes from second year undergraduate student in History at the University of Gloucestershire, Rhiannon Healey.  It is a fact that over the past year, there has been a resurgence of right-wing political ideas and movements. A brief reflection on the results and aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election and the EU referendum … More Contemporary Politics and the Generational Divide

Yad Vashem – The International School for Holocaust Studies

This post comes from second year undergraduate History student at the University of Gloucestershire Anna Cardy. Over the summer I was fortunate to travel to Israel with the Holocaust Educational Trust as part of the Ambassador Study Visit 2017. I took part in an intensive week of workshops and seminars, as well as excursions to … More Yad Vashem – The International School for Holocaust Studies

Moving Monuments: Beyond Removal

For as long as humanity has engaged in the process of erecting monuments in commemoration of individuals, events and occasions, there have been others intent on tearing them down. In the United States, the waves of hostility currently being directed towards monuments commemorating prominent Confederate soldiers is nothing new. In many respects, protesters in the … More Moving Monuments: Beyond Removal

Arrest of Wives: NKVD Operational Order No. 00486, 15 August 1937

The Great Terror of 1936 to 1938 left an indelible mark on Soviet politics and Stalinist society. In addition to the three major show trials in Moscow, purges and arrests took place across the country. Initially, these were mostly, though not exclusively, aimed at high ranking Communist Party members and government officials as well as … More Arrest of Wives: NKVD Operational Order No. 00486, 15 August 1937