Our blog page is open to anyone who would like to write about history that is controversial or contested.

In praise of Margaret Thatcher
July 29, 2022

Having looked at a negative view of Thatcher here, we will now examine David Cameron’s glowing tribute to Thatcher, made in the House of Commons following her death in 2013.

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Margaret Thatcher’s Contested Legacy – the case against Thatcher
July 28, 2022

Forty years after Margaret Thatcher came to power, coalfield communities like mine are still dealing with the fallout of her government’s actions.

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When Putin was an ally of the West
June 30, 2022

This extract from a speech by former NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson, made in 2002, illustrates just how far perceptions of Vladimir Putin have changed.

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When the Soviets disowned Stalin
June 13, 2022

Continuing our examination of Stalin’s complicated legacy in our Great Leaders series, below is a speech that is very critical of Stalin given by one of his successors, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1956.

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When an American civil rights leader praised Stalin
May 16, 2022

As part of our Great Leaders programme that examines the legacies of controversial historical figures, we post an American civil rights leader’s glowing obituary for Josef Stalin.

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To understand the war in Ukraine, we must understand Russia’s Parallel Histories
May 9, 2022

To understand the war in Ukraine, we must understand Russia’s parallel interpretations of recent history.

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The GDR – An (un)lawful state? / Die DDR – (K)ein Unrechtsstaat?
April 22, 2022

Celeste Schoenen and her students from Langerwehe, Germany have been developing a Parallel Histories debate programme in German and English about whether the GDR was ‘unrechtsstaat’ (an unlawful state).

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A Tudor House Divided
April 13, 2022

Miriam Tomusk explores how a parallel narratives approach to studying the history of Mary I and Elizabeth I can help challenge preconceptions about Tudor history.

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The Real Winston Churchill
March 16, 2022

In keeping with our Great Leaders videos, here Richard Seymour presents the case against Winston Churchill’s elevated status as a national hero.

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In Defence of Churchill
March 10, 2022

Our Great Leaders videos examine the case for and against Churchill’s status as the greatest Briton ever. Continuing our engagement with this debate, here Richard Langworth puts forward his defence of Churchill’s legacy.

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In The Classroom – How to start ‘decolonising the curriculum’ without having to change all the topics you teach.
February 15, 2022

Michael Davies explores ways to ‘decolonise the curriculum’ by simply rereading some of the existing topics you teach with a more critical ‘decolonising’ eye. 

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Making sources fun, not formulaic
January 26, 2022

Sarah Gillen introduces some strategies to broaden student thinking and move beyond a formulaic approach when evaluating sources.

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UK’s ‘culture war’ risks leading to US-style divisions – but we’re not there yet
December 11, 2021

An article by King’s College London working with Ipsos MORI suggests that the UK is not yet as polarised as the U.S.A., a finding that correlates with our experiences of debating in classrooms.

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Lessons for Brexit Britain from the Balkans
November 8, 2021

George Kyris and Luke Bacigalupo discuss how disputes over sovereignty may drag on for decades and what the UK could learn from the conflict over Kosovo’s sovereignty.

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Using the Parallel Histories approach to promote debating at A Level
October 25, 2021

Elena Stevens writes about how she has integrated historical debating into her A Level and enrichment classes, and broadened the appeal of debating controversial aspects of history beyond the students already studying History A level.

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My top tips and strategies for teaching the Middle East at GCSE
September 2, 2021

Hugh Castle shares his top tips on incorporating the Parallel Histories methodology into the curriculum for teaching the Middle East.

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Debating Israel and Palestine in the KS3 classroom
August 10, 2021

Shellie Webster recounts the many benefits that embarking on the Israel-Palestine debate programme has had on the educational experiences of her students.

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What about Henry Dundas? Ask the students at Lourdes School in Glasgow
July 1, 2021

How schools in Glasgow are taking an innovative approach to debating the contested history of Henry Dundas’ involvement in the slave trade.

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Grasping the nettle- Teaching Israel and Palestine
June 4, 2021

Michael Davies explores the immense benefits of teaching Israel-Palestine head-on.

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Education, religion and politics: can they ever be disentangled in Northern Ireland?
May 13, 2021

Dr Cecilia Biaggi highlights the complex history of education in Northern Ireland, in its relation to the state and to religion.

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“History is constructed, and it’s often constructed for a purpose”
April 29, 2021

Michael Davies was recently interviewed by Pádraig Ó Tuama for the Corrymeela Podcast. Corrymeela is Northern Ireland's oldest peace and reconciliation organisation and Pádraig leads this community, bringing interests in language, violence and religion to his work.

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A student’s guide to History’s history
March 25, 2021

Mary Ormerod shares 8 key principles for approaching the complex history of History.

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Dear Parent: why your child is learning histories not history
March 11, 2021

How letters to parents can be used to explain why their children are learning parallel narratives, especially where the conflict in question continues to resonate with the community of the school.

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Diversifying the Teaching of the First World War: The Battle of Broken Hill
February 24, 2021

The massive reaction we got to Elena Stevens’ blog about diversifying the teaching of World War One is proof that teachers are looking for stories about this global war which do not come from the Western Front.

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Diversifying the Teaching of the First World War
January 22, 2021

Students should understand that the conflicts of World War One were played out in much more diverse arenas (and with much more diverse armies) than traditional narratives might have us believe.

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“Teaching the history is absolutely vital”
December 1, 2020

Mary Ormerod interviews Mohammed Amin, prominent businessperson and former chair of the Conservative Muslim Forum.

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Suspicion in the eye of the beholder
October 30, 2020

Travelling through Israel and Palestine while doing research for her undergraduate thesis, Rosie Hoddinott learns about the psychological impact of conflict and the nature of suspicion.

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Caught in the ripples of a receding tide
September 17, 2020

My father's experience as a soldier at the end of the British mandate in Palestine in 1946. 

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About the Parallel Histories blog
September 17, 2020

We are celebrating the launch of the Parallel Histories blog as a platform to encourage diversity of perspective and open debate in the study of history.

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