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The Manchester Historian The University of Manchester's history departmental newspaper. Produced by students, for students. The Manchester Historian is a newspaper written, produced, edited and distributed by students in the University of Manchester's History department.

Check out Jack Collicutt’s article on Liberation Theology, the Catholic movement that utilised Marxism and Christ to fig...
16/12/2020
Liberation Theology: A Marxist Christianity? How Latin American priests utilised Marxism to fight against dictators, by Jack Collicutt

Check out Jack Collicutt’s article on Liberation Theology, the Catholic movement that utilised Marxism and Christ to fight against dictators

http://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/liberation-theology-a-marxist-christianity-how-latin-american-priests-utilised-marxism-to-fight-against-dictators-by-jack-collicutt/

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” This often-misquoted reflection from Karl…

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21/10/2020
Prompts - issue 37

The Manchester historian is looking for writers for this upcoming issue. Could you write for us?

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Issue 37: Oppression and Resistance

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Within the current climate of protest, our next edition appropriately focuses on Oppression and Resistance. Below are a broad selection of article suggestions, meant as a starting point from which you can develop your article.

Most are broad so take a moment to think about what you might like to focus on? What will your argument be? What are the key historical debates surrounding the topic?

Within these prompts, we have endeavoured to include campaigns, events and people whose histories are under-represented in Modern Historiography. This edition will explore oppressors and oppression throughout history, their motives and means; vice versa all aspects of resistance, from music and culture to thunderous revolution. This edition will hopefully include a larger proportion of articles on Black history than any edition previous and, as ever, we would like to encourage contributions from students from minority backgrounds.

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Articles are only 450 or 900 words - references/sources are not required! Please don't be scared or think it's a lot of extra work 🙂

If you’d like to write an article, email a brief plan to [email protected]. You are welcome to write an article from the list below, but we also encourage pitches of your own article ideas, and book reviews relevant to the theme. To reserve space in the magazine, you must email us with your article plan before the 30th of October. This does not need to be in-depth, just a general idea of what you intend to write about. The final deadline for article submission is the 8th of November.

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/// African, Islamic and Arabic History ///

- The Mau-Mau uprising and subaltern resistance to British rule in Kenya

Can include the brutal British response including concentration camps

- Willie Bester – Apartheid Artist

- The Bahá’í faith - Iran's eternal scapegoat

- Simon Nkoli - South African Anti-Apartheid and gay activist (founded GLOW, worked to destigmatize HIV/AIDS)

- "Artistic Revolution”, the role of art during the Arab Spring [Reserved]

- Missionaries - colonialism's "agent, scribe and moral alibi"?

- Al-Zubayr Rahma Mansur Pasha: A Slaver King

- 'The revolution and women's liberation go together. We do not talk of women's emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph'. Thomas Sankara, Burkina Faso’s revolutionary 20th-Century leader. Assessing women’s liberation in revolutionary Burkina Faso [Reserved]

- Frantz Fanon: The Martiniquan author and psychiatrist who ‘inspired the struggle for Algerian independence and thereafter all anti-colonial liberation movements’ [Reserved]

- Was the war of independence a liberating experience for Algerian women?

- Black Panthers and the PLO in Boumédienne Algeria: How a newly independent Algeria welcomed resistance groups from across the globe in an act of international solidarity

- Film Review; The battle of Algiers., dir. Gillo Pontecorvo (1965) [Reserved]


/// Non-Western American History ///

- Arpilleras against Augusto: a woven history of life under dictatorship [Reserved]

- Liberation Theology: A Marxist Christianity? How Latin American priests utilised Marxism to fight against dictators [Reserved]

- US Blockades (Cuba, Venezuela etc.); economic warfare? [Reserved]

- Dividing colonial subjects: the effects of the Spanish American caste system

- Childless Motherhood; mothers of the Plaza de Mayo against the Argentinian Junta [Reserved]

- The rise and fall of Latin America’s Pink Tide

- Eva Peron: A champion of the people or a self-obsessed star?

- "Maria Rural". Either an article on the life and legacy of Arlen Siu or the Sandinistas and revolutionary peasant consciousness

- Frida Kahlo - using art to portray female sexuality, pain and, feminine beauty standards [Reserved]

- Indigenismo, Bolivian radicalism and the celebration of Indigenous culture and resistance

- Book Review: The Passion of The People by Tony Mason [Reserved]

/// Asian History ///

- Greater East Asia conference: A front of Japanese liberation? [Reserved]

- India-Pakistan; [Reserved]
An article about opposition to Partition, OR
Why is Kashmir so important to India and Pakistan

- Should we consider the Vietnam War a colonial, cold or civil war? [Reserved]

- Geisha - How the West’s image of talented women demean their identity

- “Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend”. Was the Hundred Flowers Campaign truly designed to promote the flourishing of arts and science or a premeditated act to find those who disagreed with the CCP? [Reserved]

- Rebellion of Li Zicheng - overthrew the ming dynasty OR white lotus rebellion

- The causes of Indonesian independence; Nationalism, Communism, Islam and the Japanese occupation [Reserved]

- How the ‘queue’, or braid, became a symbol of gender identity rather than a symbol of Manchi oppression under the Qing dynasty in China

- The Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka’s three-decade-long civil war [Reserved]

- North Korea: A self-proclaimed ‘independent socialist state’

- Book Review: The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire by Jack Weatherford

British and Mancunian Black History:

- Len Johnson vs the Colour Bar

- 'Colonial and Subject Peoples of the World, Unite!'- the 5th Pan-African Congress, Manchester, 75 years on

- A forgotten ‘African Communist in Britain’, An autobiography of Desmond Buckle

/// Modern Western History ///

- Punk: A music revolution! [Reserved]

- Sección Feminina vs The Mujeres Libres: two Spanish women's movements fighting very different causes [Reserved]

- ‘Zog nit keyn mol’: The Anthem of the Partisans

- Mudiad Amddiffyn Cymru – Terrorists or freedom fighters? [Reserved]

- “Noi Donna”, Women and Women's Defense Groups in the Italian Resistenza

- We have been beaten and humiliated...scattered, imprisoned, disarmed and gagged. The fate of European democracy has slipped from our hands.’ Despite their ultimate failure, what did the 1848 revolutions achieve (from edition 35)

- ‘Ghost town’, Music and culture in resistance to Thatcherism [Reserved]

- Film Review: Nome di battaglia Donna

- Graffiti: has the art of resistance now been gentrified? [Reserved]

- Peace and Music: Woodstock 1969 and other musical movements against the Vietnam War [Reserved]

- Reclaiming ‘Australia Day’: The terrible history of the 26th of January and those seeking to abolish it [Reserved]

- Mary Harris Jones: ‘The grandmother of all agitators’

- Cowboys and Indians: The Mythology of the Wild West and its significance for US culture and identity

- Sweden and Norway’s Sami People: an example of European indigenous oppression

- Tsali and the Trail of Tears

- Guerilla Girls: the anonymous feminist art movement [Reserved]

- Reclaiming the Two-Spirit identity, or the impact of colonialism and inseparable sexual prejudice on Native American communities

- Book Review: Miliband, ‘The State in Capitalist Society’

/// Pre- History and Ancient History ///

- Fighting lesbian erasure in historiography; restoring Sappho as a queer identity [Reserved]

- Traders or Raiders? The misconstrued history of the Vikings [Reserved]

- The Ionian Revolt: authentic rebellion or Athenian proxy war?

- The Agricultural revolution in prehistory and how it changed the world as we know it [Reserved]

- Ever since Eve: How the Bible has been used to oppress women since the garden of Eden [Reserved]

- The Exodus and its influence on Civil Rights

- Ancient Egypt, a world without Religious oppression?

- Aztec Flower Wars: A tool of inter-nation stability or a smokescreen of sacrificial intent?

- Viracocha or ‘The White God’, and Spain's moves to colonise Incan deities

/// Early Modern and Medieval History ///

- The Devil in the Shape of a Woman: How Witch Hunts were used to attack the Powerful and the Powerless [Reserved]

- Bloody Mary: is this a name she justly deserves? [Reserved]

- The persecution of ‘Good Christians’: The eradication of Cathars during the medieval inquisition

- Remembering Tolpuddle

- The Abbasid Revolution overthrow of the Umayyad dynasty under Abu Muslim, which was caused by discrimination against non-Arab Muslims and government corruption

- The Mamluks were Turkic slaves who overthrew the Ayyubid dynasty

- Lucrecia de Llión - aka Lucrecia the dreamer - prophetic peasant in 16th-Century Spain. Accurately foresaw the defeat of the Armada, King arrested her during the inquisition

- Christianity as a disrupting force: forced conversion on Europe’s frontiers

- Could mention Venice and the role trading played

- Oliver Cromwell: Liberator or cruel dictator? [Reserved]

- Could discuss differing opinions over the role he played in Ireland

- The German Peasants War of 1525

Issue 37- Oppression and Resistance Within the current climate of protest, our next edition appropriately focuses on Oppression and Resistance. Below are a broad selection of article suggestions, meant as a starting point from which you can develop your article. Most are broad so take a moment t...

Issue 36 is here! While unfortunately we cannot celebrate the launch of the last issue of the year as we would have like...
20/05/2020
Manchester Historian Issue 36 - Ideology and Faith

Issue 36 is here! While unfortunately we cannot celebrate the launch of the last issue of the year as we would have liked, you can still enjoy it at https://issuu.com/manchesterhistorian/docs/manchester_historian_36
This issue focusses on Ideology and Faith. Ideologies, religions and cultures have always shaped the way we understand the world, and today, as corona virus dramatically reshapes our understanding of society, is no different. This issue, we have articles ranging from the legacies of James Baldwin and Mary Wolstonecraft, to an examination of Zionism and Israeli identity, utopian visions of socialism, Jihadism, and environmentalism. We also have an interview with Katherine Clements, SALC’s very own Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow, and author of historic fiction.
We would like to thank our amazing writers, copyeditors, designers, online and marketing teams for the fantastic job this year. We look forward to seeing where next year’s editors take the magazine in the future!
Stay safe!
Daniel and Reuben, Editors

Issue 36 of the Manchester Historian, released May 2020, on the theme of ideology and faith.

13/05/2020
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Download an application form below and send it to us by Friday 15th May if you want to be a part of this exciting student magazine

Are you interested in journalism, marketing, or design? Fancy getting some real experience with a student publication? Apply to join next year’s team at the Manchester Historian! We’re recruiting our new team for the 2020/21 academic year, and would love you to be involved. This is a fantastic opportunity, and a great thing to put on your CV! We welcome applicants from all degree courses, and no prior experience is needed.

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05/05/2020

Are you interested in journalism, marketing, or design? Fancy getting some real experience with a student publication? Apply to join next year’s team at the Manchester Historian! We’re recruiting our new team for the 2020/21 academic year, and would love you to be involved. This is a fantastic opportunity, and a great thing to put on your CV! We welcome applicants from all degree courses, and no prior experience is needed.

We’re looking for copyeditors, designers, people to run the website, run the launch events, and manage the magazine’s marketing. Have a look at this document for the role specifications: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H3S62xZnabAIY37zZ5Vyxwbbp5DRhFoC/view?usp=sharing

If you want to apply, download and fill out one of these application forms: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12REp1BazqP0z-R59hAlxfE1Vwf1iTfA_/view?usp=sharing.
Attach it to an email, and send it to us at [email protected] before the deadline on 15th May.

Look forward to hearing from you!

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/history-of-the-feminist-movement-in-the-us-by-kate-jackson/'The feminist movement i...
05/03/2020
History of the feminist movement in the US, by Kate Jackson

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/history-of-the-feminist-movement-in-the-us-by-kate-jackson/
'The feminist movement is certainly far from its origins but that does not mean that the concerns of ‘former’ waves are no longer relevant.'

The feminist movement began in the US at the end of the nineteenth century. It has persisted to this day, although the goals and rationalities behind the movement have changed radically since its i…

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/the-life-and-legacy-of-constance-markievicz-by-joe-hurdman/'Markievicz was a hugely...
03/03/2020
The life and legacy of Constance Markievicz, by Joe Hurdman

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/the-life-and-legacy-of-constance-markievicz-by-joe-hurdman/
'Markievicz was a hugely influential figure in the fight for Irish independence, not just due to her actions and accomplishments but because of her role as a trailblazing female politician and revolutionary.'

Constance Markievicz (1868 – 1927) seems an unusual figure for a revolutionary. Markievicz was born into a privileged, landholding family that owned estates in both Ireland and England.

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/modern-classicists-by-anne-de-reynier/'Present in almost every form of media, from ...
28/02/2020
Modern Classicists by Anne De Reynier

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/modern-classicists-by-anne-de-reynier/
'Present in almost every form of media, from instagram accounts to video games, we are constantly surrounded by references to the ancient world.' Read Anne de Reynier's article on Modern Classicists, now up on our website ✨

To those within the academic sphere, it seems that classical mythology has seen a dramatic rise in popularity amongst the general public, and has never been more influential.

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/vietnam-colonial-cold-or-civil-war-by-rebecca-boulton/The Vietnam War was  a 'cruci...
26/02/2020
Vietnam: Colonial, Cold or Civil War? by Rebecca Boulton

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/vietnam-colonial-cold-or-civil-war-by-rebecca-boulton/
The Vietnam War was a 'crucial example of how foreign intervention can result in increased divisions and a considerable extension of a conflict.' Read Rebecca Boulton's article on the Vietnam War via the link ✨

Over a period spanning 30 years of conflict, the Vietnam War caused the death of approximately 3 million people, including Vietnamese soldiers, civilians and foreign military. Historically, the war…

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/mexican-national-identity-by-tasha-parsons/'Vasconcelos saw muralism as a form of n...
21/02/2020
Mexican National Identity, by Tasha Parsons

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/mexican-national-identity-by-tasha-parsons/
'Vasconcelos saw muralism as a form of national education, itself pivotal to the creation of a national identity.'
Follow link below to read Tasha Parsons's article on Mexican National Identity✨✨

Following the Mexican Revolution, the newly formed government pursued art as a means of building national identity and establishing a collective narrative about the war.

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/the-fall-of-saigon-by-charlotte-roscoe/'As Saigon’s fall was inevitable it was impo...
19/02/2020
The Fall of Saigon, by Charlotte Roscoe

https://manchesterhistorian.com/2020/the-fall-of-saigon-by-charlotte-roscoe/
'As Saigon’s fall was inevitable it was impossible for South Vietnam to ever be an independent nation.' Charlotte Roscoe's article on the Fall of Saigon is now up on our website! Read via link below: ✨✨

In 1975, on the 30th of April, Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the People’s Army of Vietnam and the Vietcong. Was the fall of Saigon an inevitability? Was there any chan…

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