Erin Kate Scheopner introduces her new book 'Miserable Conflict and Confusion', offering an in-depth analysis of British national press coverage of the ‘Irish question’ throughout 1916-22. The political question known as the ‘Irish question’ was one of the greatest unresolved issues in British politics from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth. The events of … Continue reading
This piece was originally posted on the Society for the Study of Labour History blog. Irish and Jewish migrants in East London proved to be fertile ground for the growth of the mass unionisation of unskilled labour, says Dr Daniel Renshaw, author of Socialism and the Diasporic ‘Other’: A comparative study of Irish Catholic and … Continue reading
This piece was originally posted on the Society for the Study of Labour History's blog. Far from being ‘ruffians officered by gentlemen’, the British army of the nineteenth century was made up of a typical cross-section of working-class men whose military lives mirrored those of the civilian working class, says Nick Mansfield, author of Soldiers as … Continue reading
We recently ran a competition to win a copy of Britain's Black Past, where we asked people on twitter to complete the sentence "I want to learn about Britain's Black Past because..." - here are some of our favourite responses.
This piece was originally published on The Conversation. How do you represent in film an experience as keen and painful as hunger? Director Lance Daly’s recently released film Black ‘47 – a revenge epic set during the 1840s Irish famine – is the latest attempt to depict the devastating catastrophe which left more than a million dead … Continue reading