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Let’s Get Physical: Objects and History

Popular works of history have often employed material objects as a lens through which to analyse the past. By attaching significance to objects, artefacts and buildings, historians are able to elicit greater public engagement with the past. The history of people is inextricably bound up with the history of the...

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Memories of the SS in Hitler Youth Memoirs

During the summer months I have been working on two thesis chapters on World War Two and how the Hitler Youth generation remember that period. Since I’m looking at an age group born between 1925 and 1933, there are a number of differences in what people experienced. One interesting difference...

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‘Could I offer my child a better life?’: Russian-Jewish Immigration to Germany

Career perspectives, social security, a higher standard of living: these are just some of the reasons why around 120,000 Russian Jews left their homeland and migrated to Germany in the 1990s. As explained in the interview with Isaak B. published on HTTP earlier this year, this immigration was the result...

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Gertrude Stein: More Than a Literary Eccentric

According to scholar Michael Hoffman, Gertrude Stein is considered by most people to be the “chief modern literary eccentric.” Although a prolific early 20th century author, Stein is known more as a personality of her time than specifically as a writer. However, her sometimes overlooked writings offer insight into her...

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Islamic Sources and the Crusades: An Incomplete Picture?

The First Crusade set the course for the relationship between Christians and Muslims for the following two centuries. Yet, we have few sources on these expeditions as they are heavily one-sided. Much of what is known of the First Crusade comes from Christian sources, as the Muslim chroniclers did not...

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European Solidarity: Some food for thought

A timely conference at the University of Augsburg in Germany last week (23-25 June) explored the meaning of European solidarity. For three days, scholars from across Europe and the US discussed what European solidarity has meant for Europe, Europeans and the rest of the world since 1800. The Brexit vote...

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American Women and the Workplace Post-1945

Women’s social roles in America continued to undergo significant transformations after the Seond World War, particularly in regards to the workplace. This article explores how both single and married American women consolidated and increased their participation in the workforce post-1945. World War Two Women’s increased workforce participation in the Second...

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[CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS] Leisure and Play in History

During the summer months our public history project, historytothepublic.org (HTTP) is exploring the theme of ‘Leisure and Play’ in history. The topics should have a historical link, but we welcome articles from all disciplines. We are looking for new writers who have a passion for sharing their research on any...

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Working in the Radio Archives

50 years ago, radio was people’s main source of entertainment and information. Tuning in was easier than reading the paper and more common than watching TV. Historians today cannot afford to ignore that fact. But radio archives remain a little known and underused resource. What do they have to offer?...