Society

How people group together, organise their rules and systems are all part of what create a society. In this section articles examine the nature of society how it interacts with other themes of culture, power, etc. and how societies have developed and changed over time. The structures of the ancient world are explored as are the complex feudal systems and the varied societies of Empire and modernity.

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  • Podcast: The Life and Significance of Alan Turing

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    In this podcast, Dr Tommy Dickinson of the University of Manchester, discusses the life and significance of Alan Turing. Alan Mathison Turing, (23 June 1912 - 7 June 1954) was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and mathematical biologist. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer...

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  • Podcast: The Historical Medicalization of Homosexuality & Transvestism

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    In this podcast, Dr Tommy Dickinson of the University of Manchester, looks at the historical medicalization of homosexuality and transvestism.  1. Introduction.2. The impact of British Press in framing British perceptions.3. European research into sexual pathology.4. The emergence of 'sexology' in Britain.5. The influence of Freud.6. The impact of WW2...

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  • Black History and the History of Slavery

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    Black History and the History of Slavery: Rethinking the agenda, Dr Madge Dresser, F.R.Hist.R. Associate Professor of History University of the West of England In a globalising world and with an increasingly diverse population, traditional histories are being rethought. As the influence of popular memory on national identity and political allegiance...

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  • Working-class gambling in Britain c.1906-61

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    Podcast and Presentation from HA Annual Conference 2014 Saturday - Session 1 - SGKL1 In search of phantom fortunes: working-class gambling in Britain c.1906-61 - Professor Keith Laybourn Diamond Jubilee Professor of the University of Huddersfield Determined attempts were made by the middle classes, and some religions, to legally stamp...

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  • Women, education and literacy in Tudor and Stuart England

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    To booke and pen: Women, education and literacy in Tudor and Stuart EnglandAs a student in the early 1970s, I became acutely aware that formal provision for women's education was a relatively recent development. I was at Bedford College, which originated in 1849 as the first higher education institution for...

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  • Fighting a different war

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    2012 Annual Conference LectureFighting a different war: contesting the place of the queer soldier in the mythology of the Second World WarEmma Vickers: Lecturer in Modern British History University of Reading In the mid-1990s, the queer soldier finally became visible. On the streets, gay rights campaigners led by Peter Tatchell...

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  • New Universities of the 60s

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    New Universities of the 60s: One professor's recollections: glad confident morning and after Living history How long do professional historians wait before writing about their own personal involvement in episodes of lasting significance in history? If they wait too long they are dead, and their evidence is lost. A striking recent...

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  • Britain in the 1950s

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    The National Archives' Education Service explores Britain in the 1950s The National Archives' Education Service's latest resource is now available online. Following on from their document collections looking at the partition of India and the swinging Sixties, Fifties Britain is an invaluable collection of dozens of documents covering a wide...

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  • Polychronicon 145: Interpreting the history of the modern prison

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    On the morning of Sunday 24 January 1932 convicts paraded in the exercise yards at Dartmoor Convict Prison in Devon. Suddenly, inmates began to break ranks, encouraging others to do likewise. Some prisoners were shepherded into cell blocks by officers but control mechanisms quickly collapsed and the remaining inmates had...

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  • The Advent of Decimalisation in Britain: 1971

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    Decimal Day in Britain was Monday 15 February 1971. New coins and notes were circulated. There was no special issue postage stamp to commemorate the occasion, only a new series with some unfamiliar values, such as 7½p instead of 1s 6d. The fortieth anniversary of the arrival of decimal currency...

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  • Polychronicon 138: The Civil Rights Movement

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    "He was The One, The Hero, The One Fearless Person for whom we had waited. I hadn't even realized before that we had been waiting for Martin Luther King, Jr, but we had." So spoke the novelist Alice Walker in 1972, looking back on her teenage years. And so wrote...

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  • The People's Pension

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    The People's Pensions: From Liberal Social Reforms to the Welfare State Why did the British get pensions when they did? What part did the great social surveys (Booth and Rowntree) play? Was there something rotten at the heart of Empire? What part did fears of a Red Peril play? Was...

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  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: local lives

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    The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has a dedicated Local lives section which highlights key figures in local history. Users can search through interactive maps of Britain to find prominent historical figures from their region or local area. The website also offers links to free Oxford DNB podcasts and RSS...

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  • How did the Civil Rights movement change America?

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    In 1984 Jimmy Carter reflected on growing up in the segregated South. He recalled that, as a young child, he, like many white children, had had an African American child as his closest friend. The two children spent all their play time together. One day they travelled on the train...

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