historical stuff by Gareth Millward



2008 – The Great Recession


29 September 2008 – New York The economic climate of the early twenty-first century will be explained with reference to the stock market crash in 2008. Because exactly the same circumstances that allowed the economy to grow so much over the 2000s led to the recession that continues to affect the Western world. Related Posts2012 Read More

2004 – The Facebook


4 February 2004 – Cambridge, MA Social media is… no… social media are everywhere. But one true platform rules them all. At least in the West. Facebook’s reach is rather remarkable compared to other platforms. At the end of 2014, it had 1.4 billion users. By comparison, Twitter – the darling of academics and journalists Read More

2003 – The Iraq War Protests


15 February 2003 – Various Despite the numbers, the war went ahead anyway. The images over the following years became almost as iconic as those of the millions marching through London and other cities. Bush in front of the “Mission Accomplished” sign; the toppling of the Saddam statue; the subsequent trial and execution. The question Read More

Beyond the Barriers – New Spartacus Report


The Spartacus group, which produced Responsible Reform, has just published its latest report on the Employment and Support Allowance. Beyond the Barriers has taken evidence from around Europe, the results of the government’s own enquiries and some primary research of its own to produce a highly critical report. It suggests alternatives to the controversial Work Read More

Co-operation or conflict – how best to tackle injustice?


A few weeks ago, I came across a statement from a disability organisation, furious about cuts to the Independent Living Fund. The Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) coalition appears to have gained quite a lot of traction in recent years through social media. But its tone has always worried and fascinated me in equal Read More

Sol Campbell, quotas and institutional isms


Sol Campbell recently claimed that he would have to move abroad to get a management position in football because of the inherent racism in the British game. Those of you who aren’t sport fans might be tempted to switch off at this point. But stick with it – because it’s a fascinating insight into culture, Read More

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