We are at that point in the semester where students are excited for the upcoming Christmas holidays but are bogged down with assignments. Nights are getting darker, deadlines are getting closer, library sessions are getting longer, and exam revision is looming. Why not take a break from all that stress and have a read of these articles that go through some of the most historically-significant events instead?

In this issue we will consider years that have defined a nation’s history. From Ireland in 1916 to China in 1644, we will reflect on these significant years as we also evaluate the year 2016 that has brought great change to modern day society.

With the US election, EU referendum, momentous anniversaries and on-going political disruptions continuing in Venezuela, the year 2016 has had it all. This issue will focus on uncovering, discussing and analysing such an eventful year, while our writers have been exploring other years in history that have changed a nation’s history and revealing the consequences which unfolded.

A History Society update is included within this issue too, with the latest on both our football and netball teams. Our ‘What’s Going On in Manchester’ section will keep you in-the-know with events leading up to Christmas, and there is also a section on careers if you’re wondering what the future holds like we are!

Finally, we would like to thank all our contributors who managed to write an article; if you did not get an opportunity but would like to write in the future, please email us at manchesterhistorian@gmail.com, or like our Facebook page ‘The Manchester Historian’.

We hope you enjoy our first issue of the academic year, and a Merry Christmas in advance!

Araddhna and Will

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.