Long misunderstood not only in the West, but also in the Middle East, this essay explores the medieval Nizari Ismaili vision of an ideal state.
Were London's department stores of the 1870s-1890s a place for female emancipation or gilded cages? And are there shared themes within the rise of German department stores?
Morris on the Thames
Throughout his life, WIlliam Morris was influenced by his love of the River Thames. This essay explores his relationship with the river, particularly through the prism of News from Nowhere.
Top of the Docks
Today, the London dock strike of 1889 is viewed as a seminal event in British labour relations and industrial disputes. But what were the real motives of the strikers and their leadership?
New York City witnessed the rise and rise of saloons from 1845-1895, causing consternation among self-appointed moral guardians. Beyond the vitriol, life in the saloon was a very different world.
The Twilight City
This dissertation explores the lives of London's vagrants and streetwalkers from 1880-1905. It discusses the voices and stories of those thought lost to the maws of late Victorian and early Edwardian poverty, vice and violence.
A 'lost section' of my dissertation that sought to look at late Victorian and early Edwardian views on degeneration and mutation. This includes commentary on the life and death of Joeseph Merrick.