History Matters

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Military State

Iraq faces an ongoing crisis of sovereignty, 90 years after independence.  

Turning on the Waterworks

Britain’s privatised water companies are under attack, but private ownership of a vital public service has a long history of controversy.

Filling the Gaps

Notes in the margins of early modern books can be very revealing about their readers’ lives and interests. 

The Man behind the Leader

Bayard Rustin, African American civil rights leader, was also a pacifist, a socialist and a gay rights activist.

The Baltic Question

Imperial maps of the Baltic provinces continue to shape how Russia views them today. 

Pirate Voyage

When Blackshirts took over an Italian ship and headed for Cardiff, trade unions held a boycott in what was the first British protest against fascism.