Social

Hard Work

The British government’s universal credit scheme seeks solutions to problems that have frustrated politicians for centuries.

Inside the Ancient Bull Cult

King Minos and the Minotaur remain shrouded in mystery and mythology, yet evidence of a Bronze Age ‘Bull Cult’ at the Minoan palaces abounds. Were bulls merely for entertainment or did they have a deeper significance?

The Original Influencer

An uncanny ability to mould public desire made Edward Bernays one of the 20th century’s most influential – yet invisible – characters, the architect of modern mass manipulation.

Kick-starting British Industry

In the Industrial Revolution, state intervention, protectionism and immigration were all adopted by successive governments to promote British manufacturing.

New Life for Labour?

History suggests that closer collaboration and rradical new thinking between the central state and Cooperativisim could yet yield positive results. 

Stripping Down the Buttoned Up

An examination of the ‘fleeting, fine-grained intimacies’ of letters, diaries and memoirs produces a witty and scholarly account of Victorian attitudes to the body.

Let Them Eat Meat

Faced with an extortionate rise in the price of kosher meat, Jewish women in New York’s Lower East Side employed protest tactics borrowed from the radical political movements that prospered in their neighbourhood.