If a welfare state had a logo, what would it be? And why a welfare state would need one in the first place?

This reflection was prompted by my research into Poland's display at the International Labour Exhibition Turin in 1961 which is the subject of my current article. An unassuming symbol of a stick figure placed within parentheses was designed by a creative duo Wojciech Zamecznik and Jan Lenica.


Medicine and the heavens in Padua’s Faculty of Arts, 1570–1630

After over two years of living in a pandemic, most everyone is familiar with COVID-19’s periods of incubation, progression and contagion. Similar issues were of great concern to physicians in early modern Europe.


On decolonization

The times they are a-changing, Bob Dylan once noted, and so are the concepts we use to make sense of the world.…


Mr Hobbes goes to Paris

My aim in this piece, however, is to suggest that there is much to be gained from turning to Hobbes’s immediate Parisian surroundings—for, France had its own share of intellectual and political turmoil during the decade of 1640s.


From Christian Transcendence to the Maoist Sublime: Liu Xiaofeng, the Chinese Straussians, and the Conservative Revolt against Modernity

The Chinese political thinker Liu Xiaofeng is widely considered a key figure in the formation of the “Chinese Straussian School,” a loose intellectual faction that preached anti-liberal doctrines and advocated a quasi-theological form of authoritarian leadership in contemporary China.


Unravelling the Myth of Gandhian Non-violence: Why Did Gandhi Connect His Principle of Satyagraha with the “Hindu” Notion of Ahimsa?

Since the demise of Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), known as the “Mahatma” or the Great Soul, numerous studies have unsurprisingly been published about him, particularly concerning his concept of “non-violence,” a central virtue of his anti-colonial satyagraha campaign. It is tempting to think that nothing new can be offered on the subject. However, by reading his writings in Gujarati, his native tongue, it is possible to reveal important and original insights.


‘no power, no money, no influence and little experience’: Why read more about a history of ‘gifted children’?

The article contributes, instead, to new writings about ‘popular individualism’ in this period, showing how large scale political movements around ‘the individual’ reshaped cultural and social life.


Silence and Small Gestures: Jews and non-Jews in the Netherlands (1940–1945)

My article argues that various segments of Dutch society, at one time or another, preferred fleeting acts of solidarity to open protests and active resistance against the Nazis.


Unpacking Tourism in the Cold War: International Tourism and Commercialism in Socialist Romania, 1960s-1980s

In 1978, an internal report by the Securitate, the Romanian political police, openly blamed the National Office for Tourism-Carpathians (ONT-Carpathians), the state agency in charge of running tourism, of ‘commercialism’.


Kind hearts and colonists? Italian military culture and imperialism before the First World War

It’s sometimes assumed that colonial war crimes were the product of fascism, but I discuss some atrocities of the Liberal era and the military culture that helped to produce them.


CEH Prize winning article ‘Experiences of Time and the Decline of Social Conflict in Late Twentieth Century Italy (Fiat, 1979-1980)’

Myers’s work excavates how the subjective shock of the end of a long-standing model of the organized industrial workplace in Italy manifested as a disruption of people’s sense of temporal continuity.


Crushing anti-Fascism in the empire: judicial repression in Mussolini’s Libya

Fighting the enemies of Fascist Italy was a major concern for Benito Mussolini’s regime not only within the peninsular borders but also within the colonial administration. This was especially true in the colonial territories that constitute present-day Libya at the time of Fascist rule, where the Duce government established a branch of the Special Tribunal for the Defence of the State based in Rome, having an analogous composition and goal.