The use of character evidence in Victorian sodomy trials
H. G. Cocks
, DPP 4/6, R. v. Boulton
(1871). In the twentieth century, defendants were much more likely to throw
Trials of character: Victorian sodomy trials
themselves on the mercy of court psychiatrists, especially since such treatment
was an alternative to prison. On this, see Patrick Higgins, Heterosexual Dictatorship: Male Homosexuality in PostWarBritain (London: Fourth Estate, 1994).
The Times, 20 June 1851.
The Times, 26 July 1870. The defendant was Edward Park, whose more famous
brother Frederick had been arrested two
(1946), in which the director had
warned against the dangers of complacancy and triumphalism in post-warBritain. The village girl’s accented voiceover returns to introduce one
of the film’s last sequences, in which three teenage girls are shown
sewing in a cheerful mood. But the voiceover reminds the viewer that
their reality is harshly different: ‘Koula has no parents, they were
shot outside her home
Class and politics in the work of
Alastair J. Reid
In the ranks of that distinguished generation of post-warBritish academics who
established labour history on a professional footing, Henry Pelling is generally
regarded as worthy but rather dull. For he did not share the more colourful far-left
political affiliations of figures such as Eric Hobsbawm and Edward Thompson.
Indeed, when these Marxists were at the height of their influence in the late 1960s
and 1970s, Pelling’s careful history of the British
on the unions–party link of liberal and social democratic pluralists is the concept
of ‘pluralistic stagnation’, applied to British politics by Samuel Beer (1965 and
1982), and in a series of studies of British unions by Gerald Dorfman (1974, 1979
and 1983) and Robert Taylor (1980, 1993 and 2000). The concept of ‘pluralistic
stagnation’ depicted post-warBritain as characterised by a new producer-group
politics, in which capital, labour and the State bargained collectively on a range of
public policy issues. This pluralistic governance emerged
Nursing work and nurses’ space in the Second World War: a gendered construction
, 1991), 2.
69 Joanna Bornat, ‘A second take: Revisiting interviews with a different purpose’,
Oral History 31, 1 (2003): 47–53.
70 Mahua Sarkar, ‘Between craft and method: Meaning and inter-subjectivity
in oral history analysis’, Journal of Historical Sociology 25, 4 (2012): 578–600;
Lynn Abrams, ‘Liberating the female self: Epiphanies, conflict and coherence
in the life stories of post-warBritish women’, Social History 39, 1 (2014):
71 Bessie Newton, oral history interview at her home in Yorkshire by Jane
Brooks, 21 April 2012.
72 Rachel Slater, oral
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Harold Wilson and Lyndon B. Johnson: a ‘special relationship’?
’ role, but independent of these factors the Prime
Minister had his own, deep-seated commitment to the United States. David
Bruce noted in mid-1966 that Wilson accepted the principle of continuity in
post-warBritish foreign policy, central to which was ‘the long
established friendly relationship with the US’. 28 Around the time of Bruce’s analysis,
London was canvassing its prospects of joining the EEC, but Europe held
The ‘pathology’ of childhood in late nineteenth-century London
Ibid ., 7.
For a twentieth-century perspective, see J. Crane, ‘“The bones tell a story the child is too young or too frightened to tell”: the battered child syndrome in Post-WarBritain and America’, Social History of Medicine , 28:4 (2015), 767–88.
CS, Casefiles, CF/01976, James T
prime minister 1979–90) came to be called, was a reaction against the
collectivist drift of post-warBritain and the crisis of the 1970s. This
drift, in her view, had led to economic failure, social problems, national
decline, moral decay and a general undermining of freedom and individual
self-respect. Conservative Party leaders had shamefully colluded in this
Herself no intellectual, Margaret
40 P. Farrington, M. Rush, E. Miller, S. Pugh, A. Colville, A. Flower, J. Nash and P. Morgan-Capner, ‘A new method for active surveillance of adverse events from diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis and measles/mumps/rubella vaccines’, The Lancet , 345:8949 (1995), 567–9.
41 See Chapter 1 . On the role of doctors as levers for change in 1980s and 1990s health reforms, see Martin D. Moore, Managing Diabetes, Managing Medicine: Chronic Disease and Clinical Bureaucracy in Post-WarBritain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019