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Fashion under Nazism

For the last few months, the textile museum in the Bavarian town of Augsburg has been showing an exhibition about fashion under Nazism, from 1933 to 1945. Entitled Glanz und Grauen (“Splendour and Terror”), it aims to explore the particularities of clothing design, production and use in the Third Reich....

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Mean Girls: Public History’s Fascination with “Good” and “Bad” Women

This month, BBC History Magazine released the results of its annual “History Hot 100” poll, a survey which asked readers to name the historical figures that have been “fascinating” them most in 2017. Polls can often be an interesting reflection of public consciousness and awareness of different issues, but where...

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Advice for History Freshers: from me to you…

Many of you reading this blog post will be arriving at university for the first time and about to embark on your first steps to becoming a historian. The first few weeks of university are filled with a wealth of freshers’ activities before term gets going and you have that...

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The question of preserving Confederate memorials

This article is the second in a series. For part one, see Memory versus history: reckoning with Confederate memorials in the American South In spite of ongoing debates, the historical community has largely reached a consensus: the Confederate States of America were founded to perpetuate slavery and other injustices against...

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The Land of the Post-Modern

The Pole Andrzej Stasiuk and the Ukrainian Juri Andruchowycz, both born in 1960, are two of the most read contemporary writers from Central and Eastern Europe. Their works have been translated into many languages and they have close contacts in the West, particularly Germany. At first glance, their success seems...

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On the importance of local history

This summer holiday I have read 156 copies of my local paper on microfilm. Amidst the tedium of adverts for a brand new Asda, celebrations of newly-weds and asbestos scandals, the local Gazette has given me an invaluable insight into the relationship between local and national politics in the 1980s....

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Translating Chinese Works (2): Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio

On 17th August 2017, The Economist published a commentary on China’s recent revival of its traditional culture, a trend enthusiastically sponsored by the government. Alongside schemes and events such as calligraphy summer schools, this is also leading to the greater promotion of research into the translation of Chinese literature. As...

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The Best Leaders We’ve Never Had? A Review of ‘Prime Minister Corbyn’

As we have discussed on this site before, counterfactual history is a very useful, yet undervalued tool of historical analysis. When taken seriously, it offers a unique instrument for measuring the impact of particular events, decisions or personalities, by enabling historians to construct realities in which they did not exist or...