Now I know Hull is a long way from the centre of world events, but surely the news of acts of terrorism has reached there. Mrs Pankhurst encouraged women in acts of civil disobedience: some chained themselves to railings and carried banners; knocking policemen's helmets off their heads was a favourite act of 'terrorism'. Surely one wouldn't equate these actions with suicide bombings on trains and buses? Can one draw any comparison between Emily Davison, who stepped in front of the King's horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913 and the pilots of the 9/11 aeroplanes?
Douglas Reid, a senior lecturer at Hull who oversaw Dr Bearman's doctorate, said: "It is through such debates that we make progress in understanding the past."
We could agree with that, or we might wonder about the value of a PhD from Hull University.