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We are used to the idea that business works best when there is competition. Throughout the 1980s we were consistently told that privatised industry was so much better than public ownership. As a result we saw the selling off of British Telecom, and gas...
On this date in 2013, hoping “for people to think of me as a person who is filled with a lot of love for people, not filled with hate for people,” Joseph Paul Franklin was executed by lethal injection in Missouri for a three-year racist killing...
We are delighted to publish this guest post by John Owen Havard, Assistant Professor of English at Binghamton University, whose forthcoming work includes a book on the origins of disaffected attitudes towards politics and a new project on thinking about...
At a local history exhibition on the Isle of Wight last month, I was surprised to discover a link between our Island house and a nefarious criminal from my home city of Manchester, who posed as a fashion designer to groom young women for sex.
A depiction of the discovery of Mrs McLennan’s body, from the Illustrated Police News (found in the British Newspaper Archive) It was December 1914; the smell of war was well and truly in the air, as Britain had commenced its involvement in what...
Graphic content. Please consider this a trigger warning for descriptions of self-inflicted injuries, blood and hanging.If you follow me or ‘Race and the Death Penalty’ on Twitter you’ve probably noticed that I got very excited recently...
By Dr Kristyn Harman Senior Lecturer in History, University of Tasmania   Like many New Zealanders, I grew up hearing stories about the Australian penal colonies, particularly anecdotes of London pickpockets and similarly desperate, impoverished...

Oatlands Town Hall

28 October 2017
It was at a meeting of the council on the 1stSeptember 1877 that a decision was taken to apply for the site on which the gaol yards and cells at Oatlands were standing for the purpose of erecting a new Oatlands Town Hall. It was decided that should the...

spring 2018 book lists.

25 October 2017
All books listed are required and can often be found for a lower cost through websites like Amazon. Required: Audra Wolfe, Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America Dave Eggars, Zeitoun Required: Lisa...

Book Review: Same Sex Love

18 October 2017
Gill Rossini (2017) Same Sex Love: A History and Research Guide, Barnsley: Pen and Sword HistoryIt is 50 since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual acts between two men over the age of 21 years, in private, in England and Wales. Gill...
By Krista Kesselring; posted 9 October 2017. Trials of queens generally garner much attention, perhaps in part because they so often focus on sex. The trials of Henry VIII’s wives provoke enduring popular interest, most obviously. The adultery...
On 6 May 1799, the Gloucester Journal reported that ‘two genteely-dressed women’ had been committed to the city gaol, after stealing a quantity of lace from a milliner’s shop in Gloucester. The pair had been pursued and apprehended in...

Six Drinks Short

28 September 2017
Wake-up. Six drinks short, of sanity. Who will it be – Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde – sleepwalking out of sobriety? Playful pisshead or demented dypso, how does she bear? See, for fuck’s sake, her devotion; her tender touch, caressing your...
As inferred last time, Baker Brown's demise was too slow in coming. Though once the wheels of condemnation had turned, he was soon a doomed man, destined to be remembered in history as the 'butcher' of women's bodies and minds…From his emergence...
In which I do some cheerleading for the R Project for Statistical Computing. 1. You’re almost certain to find it worth the effort Often, in the endless “should academics learn to code” debate, it’s not clear to newcomers what you...

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