Civic Lessons: Policing, Citizenship and Equality

The killing of Solomon Tekah, an 18 year-old Ethiopian-Israeli, shot to death by a police officer, led to mass demonstrations. Young Israelis of Ethiopian descent voiced their frustrations and anger with what they described as racism and police brutality.…


Making Sense of Drug Scarcity in the Cuban Revolution

What do we mean when we talk about “scarcity”? Is it an absolute or relative condition?   Observers of the 1959 Cuban Revolution have long relied on the category of scarcity to advance a variety of arguments.…


Mobile armed mobs in deadly riots

Experts on ethnic riots agree that the ethnic composition of localities affects their susceptibility to violence. They are however divided on which are more prone to turmoil between ethnically segregated and diverse settings.…


One British Thing: A Bottle of Welfare Orange Juice

What does an empty bottle of concentrated orange juice have to do with colonialism? Some of you may remember the Welfare Orange Juice that the British government provided to pregnant women and young children from the middle of the Second World War until 1971.…


Why (not) Feathers? Period Hands and Material Encounters in Colonial Peru

My article on feather-work in colonial Peru shows, above all, that we should no longer differentiate between non-literate (material) Native Americans with feathers on their heads and literate Europeans with feathers in their hands. Far more important should be the historian’s distinction between non-literacy and knot literacy as this separates or connects cultures in the stories that we tell about the past.


Central European History Discussion Forum: The Vanishing Nineteenth Century in European History?

The nineteenth century just isn’t what it used to be. Any number of indicators – from academic job postings and doctoral dissertations to journal articles and conference panels –suggest that interest in the nineteenth century among historians of Europe has been declining over the past three decades.…


Profile: Professor Margot Finn, President of the Royal Historical Society

Professor Margot Finn is an historian of Britain since 1750 and the current President of the Royal Historical Society. Her work has ranged from the history of Victorian popular politics to the gendered legal, social and cultural histories of debt and credit in England.  She is currently working on a monograph entitled Imperial Family Formations: Domestic Strategies and Colonial Power in British India, c.1757-1857.…