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…