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Category: Dates That Changed the Western World

Uncomfortable Truths: Confronting the Reality of Our National Heroes

by Christian O’Connell The way nations remember, commemorate, and celebrate their national heroes and historical figures is a subject on which I have reflected a lot recently. Ever since the clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia over the statue of […]

  Christian O'Connell 1 June 2018  

An American Historian visits Vietnam & Cambodia

By Neil A. Wynn 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 […]

  American 15 May 2018  

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 […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 5 February 2018  

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 […]

  American 15 November 2017  

The USA and World War I

One hundred years ago today, on April 6th 1917, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve Woodrow Wilson’s call for a declaration of war against Germany to “make the world safe for democracy”. Although the United States […]

  American 6 April 2017  

Holocaust Memorial Day

This post comes from our first year undergraduate student Anna Cardy. ‘For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with death. The problem is to adjust to life to […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 7 February 2017  

The much-anticipated blog post, or: Commemoration and Oblivion in Royalist Print Culture, 1658-1667

I first became interested in the variety of ways in which people and cultures remember their pasts while studying for a Master’s degree in Cultural Memory in 2008. Since then, my thoughts have mostly turned to mid-seventeenth century […]

  Conferences 23 November 2016  

Vicky Morrisroe’s New Book!

It will come as a surprise to my students to learn that, contrary to the rumours, I don’t spend all my free time drinking wine, eating pizza, and binge-watching Mad Men. In between all of that I have […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 3 November 2016  

30 October: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression

Crowds gathered in Moscow and in other Russian cities over the weekend to remember those who died as a result of Stalin’s purges in the 1930s and 1940s. The commemoration in Moscow took place in Lubyanka Square, where […]

  Conferences 31 October 2016  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1991 and the Fall of Communism

On 31 December 1991, the Soviet Union was officially declared dissolved. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was officially created on 30 December 1922, following the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The USSR was not immediately recognised by […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 17 February 2015