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2019 - 2020 Uncategorised Volume 13

Volume 13: Commemoration and Celebration – Foreword

By Ethan Moss, Editor-in-Chief Recent events have raised a lot of important historical questions surrounding race, empire, and the way we think about and commemorate historical figures. In this month’s edition, many writers have aimed to inform us of some of the historical precedents for these decisions and the moral questions we face today surrounding how we …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 13

The British Empire and the Criminalisation of Homosexuality

By Hannah Ahmed The British empire is credited with bringing civilisation and democracy to its colonies, however, it’s important to unpack and understand what this really entailed. One of the consequences of the implementation of British laws was the criminalisation of homosexuality, enforcement of heteronormativity and binary understandings of gender, which were not previously present …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 13

‘Our Country’s Good’ – That Time Britain Used a Foreign Territory as Its Social Dumping Ground

By Ellie Raftery In October 2015, my three passions in life – history, music and theatre – came together at the National Theatre. Timberlake Wertenbaker’s ‘Our Country’s Good’, based on Thomas Keneally’s 1987 novel ‘The Playmaker’, followed the remarkable true story of the first British penal colony in Botany Bay, Australia in 1788. This itself …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 13

Winston Churchill: Challenging Perceptions of a British Hero

By Megan Bellamy Historical figures are ever-increasingly labelled as inherently ‘good’ or ‘evil’, as their entire characters, experiences and deeds are reduced to a singular narrative. This has never been more apparent than in the way we think about and commemorate Winston Churchill. Popular opinion celebrates him as a brilliant wartime hero, the saviour of …

2019 - 2020 Modern Volume 13

A Brief History of Whiteness in America: From Reconstruction to Trump’s Inauguration

By Shaye Mistry America has become a peculiar place in recent times. The once global hegemon was the centre of Western Liberalism and the forebearer of democracy. Yet, ongoing civil strife between legislature, institutions and the citizens themselves demonstrate another story. Much of the tense relationship between America’s multiculturalism and its minority white population is …