Category Archives: Alun Thomas

On ‘Women and Communism’, by Alun Thomas

On 3rd December 2014 I organised an afternoon workshop at which speakers were invited to present on the topic of ‘Women and Communism’ at the University of Sheffield.  I’d not anticipated quite how much work would go in to holding … Continue reading

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The Apprentice is a Good Reason to Study History, by Alun Thomas

As I come to the end of my PhD I’ve often been asked to consider, in job applications and interviews, what value there is in my research and more generally in a humanities subject like history. This feels like a … Continue reading

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How The Image Speaks to me, by Alun Thomas

I am in the ‘writing-up’ phase of my PhD, an academic euphemism for the inevitable flurry of activity which follows two years of leisurely indolence. When not pounding absent-mindedly at my keyboard, I spend a lot of time searching for … Continue reading

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‘When Will They Learn?’ by Alun Thomas

Each new year comes with old arguments, newly packaged. 2014 is the centenary of the First World War and a chance for this conflict, often overlooked in favour of World War Two, to receive more of the attention it still … Continue reading

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Thursday’s Strike Action and the Changing Face of UK Universities by Ruth Littlewood and Alun Thomas

“Sitting in the UoS Student’s Union last Thursday I heard two undergraduate students complaining about the strike action by UNISON. Among the comments were ‘It’s a bit out of line,’ ‘Strikes never change anything,’ and most worryingly ‘Well, I’m paying … Continue reading

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‘In This World Nothing Can Be Said to Be Certain…’ by Alun Thomas

Anyone who has done archival research will surely agree; laugh-out-loud moments in the archive are scarce and, when encountered, are more often provoked by hysterical exhaustion than back-slapping hilarity. Trapped in a hot, dusty room with serious people reading serious … Continue reading

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The Danger of Reading Blogs by Alun Thomas

I read shameful amounts of political journalism online. If a mouse sneezes in Downing Street, I know about it before Larry the cat. Blogs of any kind can be addictive. I think the appeal of political blogs is that, in … Continue reading

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‘Kazakhstan – It is You’ by Alun Thomas

It’s been some time since Kazakhstan last had such a high profile in the British media. David Cameron recently became the first serving British Prime Minister to visit Kazakhstan, so various newspapers dusted off some old press releases about the … Continue reading

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National History Online? by Alun Thomas

A friend studying International Communications recently had me read an article published in 1990, which discussed the process of globalization. The piece is measured and dismisses some modish concerns about Americanization. But, twenty-three years on, some of its predictions look … Continue reading

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Robert Fisk’s ‘Racist Little Maps’ by Alun Thomas

Here it is, our first blog entry! Russian and History PhD student Alun Thomas looks at a recent article criticising maps of Syria, and muses on the potential pitfalls of maps when used to illustrate ethnic divides and conflicts. Is an image really worth a thousand words, or is a map showing ethnic divisions too simplistic – and perhaps even racist? And how does this affect Alun’s own research? Read on to find out… Continue reading

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