All posts tagged: history

Monarchy

The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy

Monarchies remain pivotal parts of several European countries, but how much power does a monarch really have? In a new book, The Role of Monarchy in Modern Democracy: European Monarchies Compared, edited by Professor Robert Hazell  and Dr Bob Morris, contributors from across Europe consider the constitutional and political role of monarchy, its powers and functions, how […]

South Sea Bubble

South Sea Bubble: a byword for folly and fraud

As oil prices tumble and we face high national debt, it seems particularly appropriate to reflect on the South Sea Bubble, a stock market crash from 300 years ago, and its contemporary documentation. Dr Karen Attar, research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, looks at the stories behind the headlines that were splashed across […]

Experts

‘Following the science’: the role of experts in historical perspective

Historian Christopher Phillips compares specialist involvement in the Covid-19 crisis with civilian expertise in government during the First World War. Though very different situations, both point to the importance of experts in planning for and responding to an evolving challenge. Both equally demonstrate the constraints placed on outsiders when expertise comes in to close contact […]

Statues

Museums may not thank you for your unloved statues

Dr Laura Cleaver, senior lecturer in manuscript studies and principal investigator of the European Research Council-funded CULTIVATE MSS project at the Institute of English Studies, on why sending unwanted statues to museums isn’t necessarily a solution. The toppling of the statue of Edward Colston and its subsequent deposit in Bristol harbour as part of the Black Lives […]