George Washington Carver: agricultural scientist and inventor

Iptisam - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: This short essay was recently entered into the GSAL Black History Essay Writing Competition, organized by The GSAL Journal and UPSoc to coincide with Black History Month. Open to all students in Year 10-13, the purpose of the competition was to encourage students to undertake independent research, think … Continue reading George Washington Carver: agricultural scientist and inventor

Mary W. Jackson: mathematician and engineer

Henry – Year 11 Student Editor’s note: This short essay was recently entered into the GSAL Black History Essay Writing Competition, organized by The GSAL Journal and UPSoc to coincide with Black History Month. Open to all students in Year 10-13, the purpose of the competition was to encourage students to undertake independent research, think … Continue reading Mary W. Jackson: mathematician and engineer

Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?

Oliver - Year 12 Student Editor’s note: Year 12 student Oliver writes here in response to the thought-provoking Art History essay title set for the New College of the Humanities essay competition, 2021. ‘Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?’ – what are your thoughts on this controversial issue? CPD Touring the British Museum is … Continue reading Should the West return cultural artefacts to their former colonial territories?

Witold Pilecki: The Auschwitz Volunteer

Oliver - Year 12 Student & Chief Editor, Humanities Journal Editor's note: Oliver shares here the remarkably brave life of Polish resistance fighter Witold Pilecki, the so-called 'Auschwitz volunteer'. As Oliver notes, "[a]lthough exalted today by his compatriots, Pilecki deserves to be better known... He is remembered today as a national hero in Poland and, … Continue reading Witold Pilecki: The Auschwitz Volunteer

Did continual military expansion lead to the decay of the Carolingian Empire?

Mei - Year 13 Student & Former Chief Editor, Humanities Journal Editor's Note: Year 13 student Mei, founder and former Chief Editor of the school's Humanities Journal, researched and composed this remarkable extended essay on the Carolingian Empire in response to the Robson History Prize essay competition organised by Trinity College, Cambridge. The judges were … Continue reading Did continual military expansion lead to the decay of the Carolingian Empire?

To what extent is the ‘Harrying of the North’ responsible for the contemporary economic disparity between the North and South?

James - Year 13 Student Editor’s Note: Year 13 student James submitted this fascinating essay on William the Conqueror's Harrying of the North to the Peterhouse College, Cambridge, annual Vellacott History Prize essay competition. James's essay was a competition winner: as the judges noted, "[t]he standard of entries was high, but the judges felt that your essay stood … Continue reading To what extent is the ‘Harrying of the North’ responsible for the contemporary economic disparity between the North and South?

According to Kant, is Rousseau a figure of the Enlightenment?

Francesca - Year 11 Student Editor's Note: Talented student Francesca, now in Year 12, writes here about two prominent 18th century philosophers, namely Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and Jean-Jaques Rousseau (1712-1778). Whilst both men were influential thinkers during the Age of Enlightenment, the 'intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during … Continue reading According to Kant, is Rousseau a figure of the Enlightenment?