A French cartoon satirising the supposed duplicity of British interests in Africa, from 1898.
|Queen Victoria, Victorian Culture, Victorian England, victorian history, Scramble for Africa||view|
Infamous and striking print by English artist, James Gillray. It portrays the September Massacres, 1792, which heralded the beginning of the radical phase and the Terror - remarkably made whilst the Massacres actually taking place.
|French Revolution, Terror, James Gillray, September Massacres, 1792||view|
|A Nation in Danger? The New World fears for the Old||
The theme of the potential dangers of a second wave revolution was also picked up on in America – whose own revolution was far more consistently liberal. Whilst American and indeed British Whigs publically supported the French Revolution then, at...
|1789, French Revolution, eighteenth century history, george washington||view|
|A Nation in Embryo? Paine on Freedom & Tyranny||
These extracts, from the first in a series of pamphlets written by Thomas Paine between 1776 and 1783, really illustrate Paine's political passions - and also his appeal. Note the striking emphasis he places on the tyrannous response of the...
|American Revolution, Georgian Britain, Thomas Paine, eighteenth century history, common sense, 1776||view|
|A Snapshot of London Life||
Extracts from Mayhew's classic studies of Victorian streetlife
|Nineteenth century, victorian history, Victorian Culture, Victorian England, Henry Mayhew||view|
In this remarkable cartoon, published weeks before the collapse of constitutional monarchy in France, King George III is shown examining a fashionably small portrait, or Cooper. The face however is that of Oliver Cromwell - as a reminder perhaps...
|1792, Terror, French Revolution, king george III, James Gillray||view|
|Albert Camus' The Plague||
Short extracts from Camus' seminal work for criticism and review.
|French history, Second World War, Nazi Germany||view|
|Alexander Solzhenitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich||
Short extracts from Solzhenitsyn's seminal novel for criticism and review.
|Stalin, Russian, 1950s, Cold War||view|
|Anti-Terror Measures & Parliamentary Concerns||
An extract from a House of Commons speech by an M.P. offering critical observations on government anti-Terror measures - note the ironic comparison to France.
|william pitt, Terror, French Revolution, Georgian Britain||view|
Victoria's diary extracs on being told she was now queen
|19th century, Queen Victoria, Victorian Culture, Victorian England, victorian history||view|
|Bernhard Schlink's The Reader||
Short extracts from Schlink's seminal novel for criticism and reivew.
|German history, Nazi Germany, Second World War||view|
|Birth of an Icon?||
George III’s reputation remained intact and even enhanced in the last few years of his life despite or even because of his total absence from public view given his developed madness, and indeed in 1809 his jubilee was even publicly celebrated in...
|king george III, eighteenth century history, Georgian Britain, Monarchy||view|
The second of three cartoons on Britain and the American Revolution
This cartoon has a very different tone from the previous one. It shows two men sitting in a toilet or privy, with one of the men (on the left) apparently using pieces of...
|American Revolution, Georgian Britain, Whigs, tories, Edmund Burke, william pitt, john wilkes||view|
The third of three cartoons on Britain and the American revolutionary movement
This print also takes a Tory approach to the conflict, in showing a group of Whigs look on and even assist in a murderous and savage attack on Britannia. Once...
|American Revolution, Georgian Britain, Thomas Paine, john wilkes, Britannia||view|
One of three contemporary caricatures (cartoons) shown here offering satirical insights into the American conflict.
In this print America is shown as a female character under attack on all sides by leading British politicians, amongst them...
|American Revolution, Georgian Britain, Lord North, Britannia, 18th century, Intolerable acts, Boston||view|
|Burke the Prophet?: Reflections on the French Revolution||
Interestingly it was Burke however who was the first to go public with his fears, in 1790. And his early warning of the dangers of French Revolution were in sharp contrast to his support for the American revolt - they also appeared to be...
|French Revolution, Georgian Britain, Edmund Burke, Terror, 18th century||view|
|Central Government & Volunteering||
Extracts from government correspondence discussing the potential, and indeed pitfalls, of local volunteer initatives. Note the central dilemma the author identifies - never fully resolved.
|1792, Terror, volunteers, william pitt, Georgian Britain, revolutionary war||view|
|Charles I and the English Civil War||
Powerpoint presentation on Charles I and the English Civil War (week 2 of the course)
|Charles I, Civil War, Levellers, Diggers, Trial and Execution of Charles, Agreement of the People, John Lilburne||view|
|Class Coursework for History And The Novel||
Class coursework exercises for History And The Novel: Europe And The Shadow Of War 1914 - 1953
|First World War, Second World War, Russian Revolution, Hitler, Stalin, Occupied France||view|
|Contemporary Views on Paine||
And here two contrasting contemporary views on Paine, from very different ends of the political spectrum.
|Georgian Britain, eighteenth century history, Thomas Paine, The rights of man||view|