The 1963 Skopje earthquake and its international significance: an interview with Ljubica Spaskovska

Centre Director Richard Toye interviews Dr. Ljubica Spaskovska (University of Exeter) about the 1963 Skopje earthquake and its international significance (8 November 2018).

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

Thanks … a banner at a Scottish parade in 1982. Photograph: Debasers Filums

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
Follow on Twitter @MWPalen

From Monsters vs. Empire to how fish and chips migrated to Great Britain, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history. Continue reading “This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History”

New Job! Lecturer in European History post 1900

Lecturer in European History post 1900 (E&R)

Job reference P64106

Date posted 05/11/2018

Application closing date 03/12/2018

Location Exeter

Salary The starting salary will be from £35,211 within the Grade F band (£35,211 – £39,609).

Package Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type Academic

Job description

The above full-time post is available from 2nd January 2019 on a permanent basis.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide.We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni 2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.   Continue reading “New Job! Lecturer in European History post 1900”

The Unnecessary Book

“To Winston, with affectionate birthday greetings from his old castigator” by David Low, 1954

Centre Director Richard Toye has reviewed Andrew Roberts’s new book Churchill: Walking with Destiny in the newest Times Literary Supplement. Here is a sneak preview:

churchillOn April 9, 1994, the cover of the Spectator boasted a colourful cartoon that depicted Winston Churchill sticking up two fingers to a boatload of Caribbean migrants – “the Windrush generation”, as we would now call them. Inside was an article by Andrew Roberts (who had previously made a name for himself as a biographer of Lord Halifax) which labelled Churchill as an ideological racist. “For all his public pronouncements on ‘The Brotherhood of Man’ he was an unrepentant white – not to say Anglo-Saxon – supremacist”, Roberts wrote. Moreover, “for Churchill, negroes were ‘niggers’ or ‘blackamoors’, Arabs were ‘worthless’, Chinese were ‘chinks’ or ‘pigtails’, and other black races were ‘baboons’ or ‘Hottentots’.”

Roberts’s claims, which were soon to be published at greater length in his book Eminent Churchillians, provoked a storm of criticism. The historian Niall Ferguson wrote that ‘my friend Andrew Roberts has joined the growing ranks of Churchill-bashers’. Bill Deedes, who had served as a junior minister in Churchill’s final government, lamented in the Daily Telegraph that ‘We live in times when greatness draws critics and genius attracts iconoclasts – and iconoclasm sells books.’ Lady Williams, a former personal secretary to Churchill, told biographer William Manchester that Roberts’s ‘scurrilous allegations’ were symptomatic of a form of history that involved ‘shooting down great historic figures’. Continue reading “The Unnecessary Book”

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History

A box of declassified documents from the Venona Project, stored in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland, contains Soviet cables decrypted in the 1940s. (Maggie Steber / VII Photo)

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
Follow on Twitter @MWPalen

From Fanon’s fugitive archive to Gandhi for the post-truth age, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history. Continue reading “This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History”

Fidelity Capitalism and the airline industry: an interview with James Vernon

Professor Richard Toye interviews Professor James Vernon at the North American Conference on British Studies, Providence, RI, 27 October 2018.

 

James Fallon, the Improbable Irish Winemaker: an interview with Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre

Centre Director Professor Richard Toye interviews Professor Jennifer Regan-Lefebvre (Trinity College, Connecticut) about her research on imperial wine making, at the North American Conference on British Studies, Providence RI, 27 October 2018.