The Acid Rave Revolution vs. Thatcher, by Rhiannon Ingle

When Thatcher came to leadership on the 4th of May 1979, she said “where there is discord, may we bring harmony;” in her leadership speech. Although it wasn’t exactly the ‘harmony’ she had in mind, the British public grouped together to form their own, home-made ‘harmony’ in the form of illegal raves backdropped by the genre of acid house. Any pre-existing ‘discord’ present in the UK deepened immensely following Thatcher’s leadership.

‘Manifest Destiny’: How US Expansionism Shaped Borders and the People Living Within Them, by Alya Magness-Jarvis

The 1783 Treaty of Paris concluded the American Revolutionary War between the British Empire and the United States of America. Stretching from colonial settlements along the Atlantic Coast in the east, to the banks of the Mississippi river in the West, the borders of the new republic extended across a vast expanse of land. The boundaries, however, did not remain static for long; over the course of the next century the expansion of the American frontier followed a pattern of migration, settlement, and displacement.

Zionism: The Divisive History of Israel, by Hannah Speller

For over 100 years, the concept of Zionism has sparked heated international debate, which shows no indication of diminishing. Now-a-days, most people are somewhat familiar with the concept of Zionism – the movement which seeks to unify the Jewish race into one nation and return them back to the Holy Land of Israel. However, Jewish control of the region did not exist until relatively recently for nearly 2000 years, thus the full implementation of Zionism would come with its controversies.

The First Environmentalists: a dangerous stereotype? by Francesca McGregor

The trope that Native Americans were the ‘first environmentalists’ is put forward predominantly by non-Native people and is constructed on the idea that the indigenous tribes of North America are in some way closer to nature. Today, referring to someone as an ‘environmentalist’ is not considered an insult. Broadly speaking, an environmentalist is a person committed to preventing – or at the very least stalling – rapid environmental degradation caused by global warming and climate change.

Li Kui and the advent of Legalism: The Philosophy that Transformed Warring States China, by James Carlin

Legalism has had a somewhat celebrated history given its place in the lineages of pre-Han philosophy. The ideas espoused by the paradigmatic legalists of the Qin dynasty such as Shang Yang (390-338) and Han Fei (280-233) were the subject of vitriolic attack by the Confucian orientated scholars of the Han era. Lu Jia (d.170 BC), for instance, saw the short-lived Qin dynasty’s (221-206) adherence to these figure’s harsh legalism as the reason for its collapse and a model of what not to be followed