Category: Research

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Third Reich Feminism: Girls’ education in the Nazi period

German girls’ educational and life choices in Nazi Germany are controversial; while Nazi propaganda depicted girls and women in roles of motherhood, girls and young women lived much freer lives than in earlier decades. Although girls’ education was hit hard by the Great Depression, and education was greatly feminised to...

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The First Crusade: A Beginning in 1095

Preceded by a visit from Byzantine officials, Pope Urban II set out to launch a holy expedition into the East. The historiography that surrounds this expedition attests to the reach of its conclusion: the capture of Jerusalem in 1099. But was this Urban’s sole motivation or did he have underlying reasons for launching the crusade?

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The resonance of ruins: postwar German rubble discourse in the Trümmerzeit

The Trümmerzeit, or ‘rubble era’, is a term used in German historiography to define that period of ‘“sluggish and murky transitions”’ between the collapse of the Third Reich and Germany’s subsequent division during the Cold War. Germany was intact for the present, and its history and fate were still considered those...

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The Crusades: A Historiographical Evolution

The Crusades were extraordinary events: armed pilgrimages sent to conquer and defend the Holy Land in the name of Christ. Many Western European nations can identify with the crusading movement. England boasts much of King Richard the Lionheart and his strong leadership of the Third Crusade. The Crusade of 1197...

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Who saved the Jews of Bulgaria from the Nazis?

During the Nazi occupation in World War Two, alongside Denmark and Finland, Bulgaria successfully prevented the deportation of its Jewish population. As Bulgaria became more closely allied with Germany, the Nazis gave orders to organise the deportation of Jews from the region. Although plans were partially fulfilled, following civil and...

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Blog Launch – A Multidisciplinary History Blog Project

On Wednesday, December 10, the HTTP (History to the Public) blog was officially launched during our first meeting at UCL. Together as a team, we finally met each other face-to-face and began to discuss our goals for this project. As students from various countries, disciplines, backgrounds, and universities we hope...