historical stuff by Gareth Millward



Yes, we probably need to better define “neoliberalism”


Well. Twitter seems to be in a bit of a state. That’s not new. But this week’s debate is over whether neoliberalism is really a thing. Related Posts#PostConsensusBritain (12 Sep 2016) Agenda (2 Sep 2016) Bias (27 Aug 2016) Anti-vaccination and Corbyn: a discussion (22 Jul 2016) 2014 – The Russian Annexation of Crimea (5 Read More

1999 – The Columbine High School Massacre


20 April 1999 – Columbine Last week, it was fortunate coincidence that I had planned to write about Google the weekend after getting back from a conference on the history of the Web. This week, it’s utterly depressing in the wake of the Charleston shootings that I should be writing about Columbine. School shootings are Read More

1989 – The Fall of the Berlin Wall


9 November 1989 – Berlin Mauerfall1 is one of two iconic events in my lifetime that might be said to mark the “end” of the twentieth century world.2 I would say it was the most important. The world before 1989 was a different place. That sounds trite, but it’s true. I’m too young to remember Read More

Dominic Sandbrook and questionable history – the sixties and the Daily Mail


Reading the Daily Mail can, obviously, be bad for one’s health. But recently I was directed to a piece by a Conservative-supporting Facebook friend of mine condemning the legacy of Labour in the 1960s. Pretty normal for the Mail, of course, and nothing new from Sandbrook. However, his basic conclusion – that the use of Read More



See also: modern (modernity) In history, progress is the belief that a sequence of events leads to a particular thing becoming better. For example, we have the narrative that in the United States black people were slaves in the 1800s; then they were emancipated in the 1860s; then segregation ended in the 1960s; then a Read More

Modern (Modernity)


Modernity is defined by some (but not necessarily all) of the following: the rise of the “nation state” the accumulation of capital rather than subsistence the rise of rational inquiry urbanisation and industrialisation and, as a result of the above, specialisation of labour the decline of “magic” and supernatural explanations of social and natural phenomena Read More

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