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BFI - British Film Institute
The BFI (British Film Institute) promotes understanding and appreciation of Britain's rich film and television heritage and culture. Established in 1933, the BFI runs a range of activities and services. BFI Southbank (previously...
The British Museum
The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture situated in London. Its collections, which number more than 7 million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continen...
History & Policy
History & Policy: * Demonstrates the relevance of history to contemporary policymaking. * Puts historians in touch with those discussing and deciding public policy today. * Increases the influence of historical research over cu...

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An Agreement of the Free People of England
Manifesto of the Levellers
Lilburne, John; Walwyn, William; Prince, Thomas; Overton, Richard
Article
1649
The Levellers were an informal alliance of agitators and pamphleteers who came together during the English Civil War (1642-1648) to demand constitutional reform and equal rights under the law. Levelle...
The Charter of the Forest
Article
1217
A complementary document to the Magna Carta of 1215, defining the rights of vassals, freemen, and serfs, reducing penalties, and restoring common land taken by the Crown.
Chartism
Connexipedia Article
Article
A movement for political and social reform in the United Kingdom during the mid-19th century between 1838 and 1850 which takes its name from the People's Charter of 1838.
Destroying the Commons
How the Magna Carta Became a Minor Carta
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2012
TomDispatch
Our rights and liberties are under ever-increasing attack.
Germany and Britain: Memory and Myopia
Malik, Kenan
Article
2014
Ernst Barlach was one of Germany's great expressionist artists of the early twentieth century. A virulent nationalist in the run-up to the First World War, Barlach found that his experience of the Wes...
The History Thieves - Review
How Britain covered up its imperial crimes
Jack, Ian
Book
2016
Guardian
A review of Ian Cobain's book The History Thieves, an engrossing study which identifies secrecy as a 'very British disease', exploring how, as the empire came to an end, government officials burned th...
Maps of Britain and Ireland's ancient tribes, kingdoms and dna
Rimmer, Sandra
Article
2016
Abroad in the Yard
Looks into the various territories and DNA evidence in Britan and Ireland and analyzes maps of these territories.
A Marxist History of the World part 41: 1640-1645: revolution and war in England
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
The attempt to impose Absolutism by Charles I led to a revolutionary civil war in which the King would be executed - Neil Faulkner looks at the English Civil War.
A Marxist History of the World part 42: The Army, the Levellers, and the Commonwealth
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
Neil Faulkner looks at how even the most radical bourgeois forces, if they are to preserve their property and status, must break the momentum of the movement that has brought them to power.
A Marxist History of the World part 43: Colonies, slavery, and racism
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
Capitalist contradictions were most evident in the 18th century, when the wealth of the merchant-capitalist class of Britain’s port-cities was contrasted with the untold human misery of the slaves, ra...
A Marxist History of the World part 44: Wars of empire
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
The English Revolution transformed Britain into a capitalist economy engaging in geopolitical competition. Neil Faulkner looks at how Britain became the dominant global superpower of the 19th Century.
A Marxist History of the World part 45: The Enlightenment
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
What gave the Enlightenment its subversive, politically corrosive character was its critique of institutions and practices which appeared comparatively irrational in the light of modern thinking, argu...
A Marxist History of the World part 46: The American Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
In 1764, Americans thought of themselves as British subjects of King George III. By 1788, they would, by their own decisions and actions, have made themselves the free citizens of a new republic forge...
A Marxist History of the World part 50: The Industrial Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Counterfire
Frederick Engels was sent to Manchester, centre of the Industrial Revolution, to dispel his radicalism. Instead it made him the revolutionary he is remembered as today, Neil Faulkner explains.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016
Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Connexions
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
The politics of display
The redesign of the Ashmolean in Oxford provides a chance to reflect on how we understand the meaning of collections
Hall, James
Article
2009
The Guardian
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is the oldest museum in Britain, founded in 1693. The institution has grown, thanks to a new postmodern building by architect Rick Mather. The open concept design of the...
The Print Shop Window
Website
A blog about Georgian caricature and satirical print culture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
Seeds of Fire
A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Connexions Information Sharing Services
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Slavery in Britain and Ireland
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Slavery in Britain and Ireland dated from before Roman occupation. Chattel slavery virtually disappeared after the Norman Conquest. It was finally abolished by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 (which ma...
Ukip: the battle for Britain
Harris, John
Article
2013
Guardian
A exposé on Ukip, which wonders: is it a lunatic fringe or a sign of things to come?

Sources Bookshelf

George Orwell: A Life
Crick, Bernard
Book
1980
A biography of George Orwell.
The History of Democracy
A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
The History Thieves
Secrets, Lies, and the Shaping of a Modern Nation
Cobain, Ian
Book
2016
Ian Cobain uncovers the role of secrecy in the British state - and the lies, omissions and misrepresentations we've been fed to maintain the facade of a fair and just Britain.
Seeds of Fire
A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.


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