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Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis: A UCL Workshop

Earlier this month I attended a history workshop at UCL on memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis. For thirteen precarious days in October 1962 the world was a hair’s breadth away from nuclear war, and subsequent memories of the event have shaped the way in which nuclear issues are discussed...

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Podcast #2: On Feminism, Facebook and Future-Archives

As we mentioned when recording our first podcast back in December, we at HTTP have long been planning to make them a regular feature of the website. Now, a mere four-and-a-half months later, we’re proud to present our second audio instalment!

In Search of the Miraculous: Ouspenski and Gurdjieff 65 years on. 0

In Search of the Miraculous: Ouspenski and Gurdjieff 65 years on

In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching is a central text on the life and works of the once popular Armenian mystic George Gurdjieff. Though now largely forgotten by the Western mainstream, Gurdjieff is an extremely curious, multi-sided figure of late 19th-early 20th century European history. He...

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HTTP Turns 1: Our First Anniversary Podcast

A year ago to the day, we at History to the Public made our first post excitedly announcing the launch of our project. In honour of this momentous occasion, Tiia, Simon, Muzaffar and Alex met up at University College London (UCL) to record a podcast discussing how the project began, how it’s changed over...

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Hardcore History with Dan Carlin

Dan Carlin’s sheer enthusiasm for history is infectious in his podcast, Hardcore History. Rather than trying to convince his viewers that the subject matter is important or interesting, he cleverly asks, why wouldn’t this be interesting to you? I recently discovered his podcasts during my daily commute. Most days, I...

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Scholarly Review: E. H. Carr’s ‘The Romantic Exiles’

It’s a strange thing to review a historical study that is itself long in the tooth. Though E.H. Carr is a colossus in the history of, well, history itself, a sceptic might argue that his approach is outdated, his research methods unreliable, and his insights already surpassed. Indeed, Carr was...

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Is Historical Research Science?

Following my last post regarding the benefits of the historical approach, various conversations with friends and colleagues have encouraged me to further consider the historian’s methodology. One of the main points of discussion is whether historians and historical research can be thought of as objective in the same sense generally intended...

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History for Pragmatists

I am not a historian. I did not study History as an undergraduate or at Master’s degree level. I personally have no particular interest in history for its own sake. And I still do not fully understand why some historians (including friends I know and love) choose to study certain...