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Art as a tool of historic preservation

Since the Renaissance, art has been an important tool for recording the physical and built environment for posterity. In fact, historian Rosemary Sweet claims that the act of taking ‘notes and drawings of any and all antiquities before they were lost’ was understood to be an act of preservation in...

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Mrs, Dr, MP: Pathé Close-Up of Dr Edith Summerskill

  British Pathé has a wealth of videos which provide a window into the history of modern Britain. For the Research Challenge, as part of the MPhil in Modern British History MPhil here at Cambridge, our course directors invited us to select a video from this archive and historicise it....

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Professor Penguin? Linux for Academic Historians

The Linux operating system has long been a favourite of computer scientists, security professionals, hackers and server administrators, but those working in the humanities have mostly remained oblivious to its advantages. The system has a great deal to offer the historian, however: philosophically, practically and (crucially) financially. It is in...

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History as theatre

Last term, I co-directed a play entitled ‘The Cambridge Companion to the History of Lesbianism’. Working from a discarded dissertation idea, I led a team of researchers in uncovering a wealth of historical material about the lives of lesbians and same-sex desire between women in British history. Working on this...

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Intellectual History for Beginners

This article is intended for graduate students and young researchers who have just started to take an interest in intellectual history or are considering dipping their toe into the subject. This is neither a scholarly article nor a condensed lesson on the subject; this article simply highlights the necessary preliminary...

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Research Meets Real Life

As a history PhD student, I have come to realise that my work, as thoroughly researched, as beautifully written, and as wonderfully entertaining as it is (at least to me) will likely never be read by the general public. The creation of outlets for snippets of interesting history such as...

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An Important Lady: Gertrude Bell in Iraq

November 26, 2017. One hundred years ago to the day, The Manchester Guardian published the contents of an agreement between England and France (ratified by Russia) that divided the Middle East into European zones of influence. This treaty (which would become known as the Sykes-Picot Treaty of 1916) directly contradicted...

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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....