The main purpose of the DUHS journal is to record the proceedings of the society – i.e. the talks from the visiting speakers. This year these have included papers from some of the country’s most eminent speakers, and they have not been without controversy. William Doyle, in our first talk of the year took the opportunity to argue that the Girondins and not the Jacobins were the primary advocates of revolutionary ideals in France in the 1790s – a view which contradicts much traditional French historiography. At the other end of the year, Gareth Stedman-Jones gave a paper suggesting that by the end of his life Karl Marx was no longer primarily concerned with the class struggle as a process, and came to believe that, instead, a return to primitive values was the best way to communism.

The journal currently exists only online, and can be downloaded below. However, next year there are plans to significantly expand the journal and produce printed copies. These include plans to cover the Society’s archive work for the local voluntary project, ‘The Den’, and to use the journal as a hub for academic debate amongst Durham historians.

But to achieve all of this we need your ideas and your input – this is after all, your journal. If you would like to write a feature or opinion article please get in touch with the journal editor Helene,

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Journal 2010, Vol. 4