Catherine the Great

In eighteenth-century Europe absolutism was ubiquitous. But alongside these absolutist monarchs, there were also those who, in their rule, were practitioners of an ‘enlightened despotism’. These monarchs, though ruling with singular authority, embraced the ideals of the Enlightenment. This often meant being proponents of rationality, religious tolerance, private property rights and freedom of speech. Some…

Trump vs Hitler

No matter what newspaper you read, these days it’s impossible to go further than the first few pages without seeing Donald Trump’s face staring back at you. But as President of the United States, this is hardly unprecedented. What really differs him from his predecessors? Are his white-hooded supporters and promises to ‘Make America Great…

Unlocking the Winchester Cabinet

Third year history student Emma Herbert-Davies writes about her Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship project: cataloguing one of the coin collections. The Winchester Cabinet is a collection of over 3000 coins, medals and tokens dating from Ancient Greece to the eighteenth century. It was compiled by a barrister named William Eyre who bequeathed the cabinet…