History Matters

Thoughts, opinions and commentary on all things historical.

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More than a Memory

Oradour-sur-Glane is now known as a memorial to a brutal massacre, but the lives of its inhabitants have been neglected.

The First Soviet in Ireland

Striking for better working conditions and equal pay, the attendants and patients of Monaghan asylum took over the hospital and hoisted a red flag. 

Got (Breast) Milk?

The act of breastfeeding has been used as a powerful image of propaganda, but can it also be an image of empowerment? 

The Morality of Medicine

The rise of laboratory science in the late 19th century put stark focus on the moral cost of medical innovation.

Marketing the Menace

How has ‘the world’s wildest boy’ survived the rise of television, increased cultural consumption and the digital age?