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Bridgerton, race and history

* No plot spoilers! * I have just finished watching the second season of Bridgerton, which dropped on Netflix last month. I am a fan, which is perhaps unsurprising as I'm a historian of the period: my interests in masculinity and material culture are well catered-for by a show that is all about the marriage... Continue Reading →

Ballet and the history of shoes

Last week I went to see a performance of the ballet Cinderella. I mostly went along as I love the music, by Sergei Prokofiev, who is one of the very greatest ballet composers. His music has both spikiness and soaring romanticism, which lend themselves very well to the dance. Unexpectedly, it got me thinking about... Continue Reading →

Is Vladimir Putin an Imperlialist?

Is Vladimir Putin an Imperlialist? On Wednesday 24 February 2022 Vladimir Putin order the 200,000 troops surrounding the Ukraine and in the two Russian backed separatist areas of Donestsk and Luhansk in the east, to invade Ukraine. There is no doubt that this a date that marks a turning point in European and probably global... Continue Reading →

Lying politicians

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is currently under fire for allegedly attending multiple parties at Number 10 Downing Street during the height of lockdown restrictions, in breach of his own government's rules. He has mostly been evasive about this, in an attempt to ride out the wave of public outrage, and also because he doesn't... Continue Reading →

Shoes and maritime history

Regular readers of the blog will know that I am currently travelling around the country visiting museums as part of my project 'Shoes and the Georgian Man', funded by the Society for Antiquaries. I am studying surviving examples of shoes from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in order to explore the social significance of footwear... Continue Reading →

Black histories of the American Revolution

We are launching a new module in the History degree programme at Northampton this year: HIS1028 'United States: War and Society, 1610-2020'. It is taught by four lecturers who each take a chronological chunk and, as an eighteenth-century historian, I am teaching the second section on the American Revolution. Race is a key theme in... Continue Reading →

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