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Feminism, anti-colonialism and a forgotten fight for freedom

minister, Marson’s intellectual development took place within the context of a religious home where the activities of playing music and reading poetry were prized, and the conservative and colonial Hampton High School where she received an ‘English public-school education’. 1 However, as one of a small number of black scholarship girls, Marson was apprenticed in the operations of racism by the time she

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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the complexities of poverty and powerlessness. Lamming won a scholarship to Combermere School, one of the few secondary schools in Barbados. In 1930, of a population of approximately 180,000, only 704 boys and 331 girls were educated to secondary level. 11 Frank Collymore, a white Barbadian with an unrivalled passion for Caribbean literary form, was his teacher, and was to be the founding editor of

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
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audience’. 8 Born in Chaguanas in 1932, Naipaul had arrived in England in 1950 to study English at Oxford University, after a long period in Port of Spain ‘spent in a blind, driven kind of colonial studying’ to win his scholarship. 9 Explaining his decision not to return to Trinidad to his mother Droapati in 1954, he writes: ‘The place is too small, the values are all wrong, and the people are petty

in West Indian intellectuals in Britain
Cancer, modernity, and decline in fin-de-siècle Britain

incidence of cancer is not confined to the present day. Rather, similar debates about the impact of modern life on the integrity of our cells can be found circulating at the end of the nineteenth century. This chapter owes much to recent historiography on the fin de siècle . Such scholarship has focused on micro-histories and examined the period through ‘kaleidoscopic edited collections’. 7 Cancer is one such micro-history, and allows us not only to trace the metanarratives of progress and decline, but also to interrogate

in Progress and pathology
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A tale of a young Jewess’s flirtation with Christianity

survey of the eighteen proceedings in our period, followed by a micro-historical analysis of the trial against Viviano Sanguinetti, mentioned above, who was accused of dissuading his oldest daughter Miriana from being baptized in 1602.5 This processo in particular reveals invaluable information regarding the self-representation of a young, wealthy and engaged Jewish woman, as well as her behaviour and musings regarding baptism on the eve of the establishment of the ghetto in Modena. Such first-hand information is not recorded elsewhere.6 The Inquisition’s interrogation

in Jews on trial
New roles for experts and publics

, Disentangling risk assessment 179 2014; Meghani, 2009). Challenging the notion that values can be confined to risk management, this scholarship explores how normative values influence all aspects of risk assessment. This work shows that such judgements have consequences and thus need to be taken seriously, including by opening them to reflection and public involvement. Here we identify and review the value-based nature of three key components of risk assessment: the guidelines that shape risk assessment, the conduct of risk assessment and the science used in risk

in Science and the politics of openness

suggests that for Dubois, and probably many others in France, the charge of heresy was a charge of abject failure in the defence of the Church and thus of the faith. The details of the portentous Franco-papal rift of 1301 to 1303 have engaged the attention of generations of historians. Yet the reasons for the crisis have aroused little discussion or debate. The main explanation for this is that one seductive interpretation has long held sway. There is a general consensus that this was a clash between a newly emerging secular and national monarchy and a papacy defending

in Judicial tribunals in England and Europe, 1200–1700
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Another time

gained prominence across global media, and which convey a similar tone. These voices offer an alternative interpretation of being “off the market” altogether. Such a stance can be interpreted as refusing to conform to the ageist and sexist regulations of current dating practices. In chapter 5, I discussed how the temporal language of the “dating market place” is imbued with agebased schedules through which single women are objectified and evaluated. The “late single” or “ever single” option, when not engaged with a constant search for a partner, can pose an alternative

in A table for one
The origins of the Algerian women’s movement, 1945–54

boys, and one in sixteen girls.9 In 1948 some 90 per cent of males aged over ten years were illiterate in French and Arabic, and 96 per cent of women.10 Of the two million women of working age in 1954, some 1.1 million or about 95 per cent of the active female population were engaged in agricultural work,11 undertaking a range of heavy manual tasks within the peasant economy that were in addition to their domestic role as mothers of large families (fetching wood and water, weeding, harvesting, tending vegetable gardens and livestock, weaving). Outside the domestic

in Burning the veil

those qualities and values that are required for the advancement of sciences and those needed for political success.13 While in his works on the pursuit of greatness Bacon stresses the importance of a large armed populace engaged in regular warfare, he frequently emphasises that the advancement of learning demands peace, international co-operation and the absence of religious controversy.14 Rather than reading Bacon’s wide-ranging writings into an unhappily homogeneous unity, it is better to think of each work as making a different and specific intervention into a

in Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis