Dr Adam Smith

How do children learn history?

If you were a teacher, would you take your children somewhere where you knew they were going to be shouted at and made to do household chores for no pay? Perhaps that’s best left as a rhetorical question. On school trips to Holdenby House in Northamptonshire, where Charles I was held prisoner by the Scots,…

After the PhD

People often ask me what I plan to do after I finish studying history. “What, you know, JOB, will you get?” they say. That’s not just people who don’t know me well or polite strangers making conversation; even one of my uncles asked me back when I started my undergraduate degree, “You’re going to be,…

A Reagan-Era Champion of Human Rights

The Reagan administration’s record on human rights remains highly contested because its commitment was never universal but rather distorted by the ideological competition of the Cold War.  Specifically, during Reagan’s presidency, human rights violations in countries seen as anti-communist bulwarks – South Africa, Nicaragua, and South Korea – were largely overlooked while at the same…

Reaction to Cameron’s Europe Speech

I hope I will be excused for framing my response to David Cameron’s referendum speech with a personal note, even though I have neither struggled for European liberty in the Blitz, nor was I born with the image of the English Channel forever carved into my DNA. My childhood memories of the demolition of the…

The Legacy of Chávez

Hugo Chávez is the most visible Latin America leader in decades. He lies seriously ill in a Cuban hospital, and his return to Venezuelan politics seems uncertain. What are we to make of this controversial and contradictory figure? A broader historical and comparative perspective can help make sense of the man and his legacy. Chávez…

Originally posted on UCL Careers Service Blog:
Joe Mason, a 2nd year B.A. History student recently came to see us and have a mock interview ahead of his interview at Freshfields and got the job! Here is his take on how the mock interview helped him… “I was recently accepted onto the Freshfields LLP vacation…

Language and Enlightenment: book discussion

The launch discussion of Dr. Avi Lifschitz’s Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century was attended by Dr. Lifschitz himself, Prof. Axel Körner, Prof. Christopher Clark (Cambridge), and Prof. Nicholas Cronk (Oxford) – all of whose names are certainly not foreign to anyone interested in the history of the long eighteenth century.…