Author Archives: Tatham

Notes on Nationalism (1945 & Now)

Notes on Nationalism was an essay published by the famed British novelist, critic and activist George Orwell in the fall of 1945. Orwell is largely known for his other works such as Homage to Catalonia, Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four but Notes on Nationalism is often overlooked, perhaps due to it being an essay rather […]

Political History: British Non-Intervention in the Spanish Civil War

“How did Britain’s approach to Non-Intervention change during the Spanish Civil War?” For a civil war whose battlefields were confined to its own nation as a civil war the Spanish Civil War came to exasperate political and societal tensions among societies across Europe in the inter-war period. Due to the ideologically charged nature of the […]

Medical History: Shell Shock

Was the discovery of ‘shell shock’ during the First World War the seminal event of medical history? The First World War has been argued by many historians to have been the ‘seminal catastrophe of the 20th century’ and in many respects this seemingly hyperbolic claim has a firm basis in historical reality.[1] Although there had […]

The Internationalisation of American Psychiatry, an Historical Case Study (1909 – 1973)

Regardless of how much one attempts to divorce it from them, the histories of psychiatry and mental health care can only be understood in their social, political and cultural contexts. In practice, there are three methods historians can employ for ventures such as these. Firstly, and typically, studies can be restricted by historians to individual […]

The British Empire and the Chinese Empire: A Comparative Study

Whether it was a lack of relevant material, language barriers, a lack of interest or worse patronizing representations attributed to a Eurocentric mentality historians writing comparative histories of empires have faced issues when articulating their work. Revised ethno-histories of empires would not really take off until Edward Said, seeking to cull Eurocentric practices in the […]

The American Century

The following is a paper submitted as part of my Master’s degree in History. The paper is a ‘historiographical study’, a paper which considers the viewpoints of historians and how arguments have developed. Regardless, I am hoping you get something out of it as the topic it covers is extremely important. Since it is an […]

Brexit: England’s ‘Kobayashi Maru’

Nearly three months have passed since the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) in a close referendum roughly split between 52% in favour of the motion and 48% against. When that momentous decision was made then-prime minister David Cameron resigned in the belief that he no longer held a mandate to […]