Mike Mecham visits Belfast to research Irish labour leader and social activist William Walker

Belfast born William Walker (1870-1918) is considered the most significant labour leader in Ireland in the early 20th century. As a young trade union activist, he established the first union of women linen workers (1893) and helped organise workers in other sectors. A joiner in shipbuilder’s Harland and Wolf, he became a full-time organiser for the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners (1901), delegate to … Continue reading Mike Mecham visits Belfast to research Irish labour leader and social activist William Walker

Joe Cozens (Essex) on civil-military relations and popular protest, 1790-1805

My doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Civil-Military Relations and Popular Protest in England, 1790- 1805’. It addresses issues such as the recruitment of the armed forces, the experiences of ordinary soldiers in the army and militia, and the use of the military by the state to suppress instances of popular protest during the Revolutionary French Wars. In particular, I am interested in the way in which … Continue reading Joe Cozens (Essex) on civil-military relations and popular protest, 1790-1805

André Keil (Northumbria) on the ‘enemy within’ in First World War Britain and Germany

My doctoral research, ‘States of Exception: emergency government and the construction of “enemies within” in Britain and Germany during the First World War’, is a comparative study of emergency measures under the Defence of the Realm Act and the state of siege during the Great War. These emergency laws gave wartime governments extraordinary powers that were primarily used to deal with strike movements and anti-war … Continue reading André Keil (Northumbria) on the ‘enemy within’ in First World War Britain and Germany