Rights and Romance: Representing Gypsy Lives Exhibtion

In what is sure to be an interesting and insightful opportunity, a new exhibition at the University of Leeds will explore visual, historical and fictional representations of the Gypsy and Traveller community. Rights and Romance: Representing Gypsy Lives is the latest exhibition at the University’s Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery. In the 50th year of…

Calling Prospective 2018/19 Committee Candidates…

Hello Historians! You’ve probably heard already, but if you’ve somehow missed the hype then HistSoc has big news… somehow, the time is already upon us for elections for next year’s 2018/19 HistSoc Committee! We are holding a prospective Committee meeting tomorrow (Thursday 22nd February) from 5-6pm in Michael Sadler LG.15 for anyone who is interested in standing for…

Welcome Back, Historians!

Welcome back to Leeds, fellow historians! It was brilliant to see so many of you at our Christmas Ball which really finished semester one on a high! All of us at HistSoc hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I’m sure you all welcomed in 2018 in true Leeds style! Now that exams are (finally)…

Putin: A modern dictator

The Oxford English dictionary defines tyranny as a ‘cruel and oppressive government or rule’, a term which is arguably applicable to Vladimir Putin’s methods of governing Russia. Putin’s oppressive influence is most prominent within his homophobic legislation, restrictive approach to the media, and the development of a cult of personality, depicting him as the infallible…

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…