Undoubtedly, one of the most defining features of Stalinism was the decision to collectivise the farms of the Soviet Union. In 1929, the order was given to aggregate all of the farmlands of the state, in order to form larger communal holdings. However, what this brief description fails to do is reveal the darker truth of this agricultural policy…

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Source: https://www.rbth.com/multimedia/history/2017/08/25/collectivization-in-the-ussr-how-the-russian-peasantry-was-smashed_828512

By 1929, Soviet leaders had become convinced of the pressing need to industrialise the nation. The war scare in the late 1920s, triggered by Britain’s discovery of Soviet espionage activity and severed diplomatic relations, together with the launch of Stalin’s first…


From 1995, the Wehrmacht Exhibition (Wehrmachtsausstellung) opened its doors to 800,000 visitors across Germany and Austria.

This visual display concentrated on the role of the Nazi German army (Wehrmacht), exploring their actions on the Eastern Front during World War Two. The exhibition’s provocative narrative accused the German army of perpetrating atrocities on the battlefields, as well as implying that the majority of its soldiers had been integral to genocide. Its full running title was: ‘War of Annihilation: Crimes of the German Army, 1941–1944’.

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Source: http://history.port.ac.uk/?p=1905

To most Western readers in the twenty-first century, the argument above probably seems neither shocking nor surprising…


An Exploration of Urban Artistic Culture and African American Experience

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Source: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2013/10/22/239870539/the-sounds-of-new-york-city-circa-1920?t=1593640629400

Throughout the 1900s, America experienced an exponential growth in city development. Amy Absher has described how “the city was the industrial giant that was central to everything, from culture to economics”, so unsurprisingly many of the new cultural developments had a uniquely urban feel. Any recollections of twentieth-century American city living tends to bring back hums of the sweet notes of jazz, ideas of regular cinema trips and visions of new clubbing grooves.

One fascinating nuance of this time is the notable shaping that African American citizens contributed to within…


As a final year History student, who’s graduating in the class of COVID-19, facing teasing questions of “why would anyone study dead people?” and jesting suggestions to “just live in the present” comes with the territory.

Although these comments have never been taken to heart, their sentiment is actually something that is worth properly considering. It is not a new criticism, after all. In 1916, Henry Ford (famed inventor and entrepreneur) provided one of his most infamous quotes to a reporter for the Chicago Tribune:

“Say, what do I care about Napoleon? What do we care about what they did…


The name Edward Colston, belonging to a 17th century slave trader and philanthropist, made headlines this month when his statue was torn down in the centre of Bristol.

The figure had stood there since the late 19th century but after years of peaceful campaigning to local authorities, the citizens of Bristol took justice into their own hands amidst the Black Lives Matter movement. The monument was thrown down from its plinth, before being ceremoniously rolled down the city’s streets and left to drown in the very docks where his slave ships had anchored.

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Source: @KahunaKome, Twitter

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