Category: Current Affairs

Current Affairs

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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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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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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 Forgotten History of Women’s Football

This summer, England’s women’s football team competed in the European Championships. As the Women’s Super League has grown in recent years, recently receiving a cash injection intended to double participation by 2018, the profile of women’s history has risen. European championship games were made available to stream on Channel 4’s...

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Kamal Jumblatt’s Intellectual Itinerary

Kamal Jumblatt is best known for being an important leftist leader in Lebanon and the head of its Druze community, a minority religious group generally considered a branch of Shia Islam. From 1943 to 1977, he was elected deputy for the Chouf district in Mount Lebanon, and as a minister...

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History and mystery: The Face of Jane Austen

A few weekends ago I visited Bath. Naturally, as an admirer of Jane Austen, I went to the Jane Austen Centre. With the bicentenary of her death approaching, this was an exciting experience for me and my patient friend who came around with me – and, might I add, thoroughly...