Elections Have Consequences

Originally posted on Adam I. P. Smith: Historian:
The 1860 Presidential Election was one of the most consequential elections in world history, since it directly triggered the American Civil War. (Others on the shortlist include the series of three Reichstag elections in 1932-3). It was in response to the election of Abraham Lincoln that the…

Originally posted on The Fall of Albion:
Last week, University College London publicly released a database that allows users to look up the names of people who were reimbursed by the British government for the slaves they owned after Britain banned slavery in 1833. It has touched off a debate over how to think about…

Originally posted on Adam I. P. Smith: Historian:
The much-gossiped about new draft national curriculum for history has finally been published. It’s only six-and-a-half pages and is simply a list of stuff that’s happened in English history. Rightly, prominent historians have condemned it for its ‘little England’, facts-over-context character. Unlike some, I have no problem…

In Memoriam: Margaret (Peggy) Drower MBE

On 12th November Margaret S. Drower MBE died, just one month short of her 101st birthday. She studied Egyptology at UCL (diploma and BA) between 1932 and 1935 with Sir Flinders Petrie, the founder of Egyptian archaeology, and Margaret Murray (whose autobiography was entitled My First Hundred Years). She was appointed Assistant Lecturer in the…

Obituary: Professor Jimmy Burns

J. H. (‘Jimmy’) Burns, Reader in the History of Political Thought  1961-66, Professor of the History of Political Thought,  1966-86, Head of History Department, 1970-75 The students and colleagues who had the luck to be in the UCL History Department at the same time as Jimmy Burns will remember him with admiration and affection and…