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Can Civilization teach us about history?

As a scientist, my interest in history came through video games. Having played the Civilization game series for almost fifteen years, the game was a useful tool for me as a school student. Sid Meier’s Civilization (Civ) is a series of games in which you play as a historical society...

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Proposal: Male control? Definitely not!

This summer in Rio, during the medal ceremony for female 3-metre diving, the Olympic athlete Qin Kai proposed to his teammate and girlfriend He Zi. Watching this, I felt I finally understood the meaning of the word “romance”. Almost the whole world got excited about the romantic proposal, as seen...

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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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Bearing Witness to the Witness: On Visual Representations of War

Images, in J.T Mitchell’s words, both ‘stand for and act as symptoms of what they signify’. The often betrayed expectation that visual representations of war can change public perceptions illustrates this paradox. Images of conflict take no side but they are capitalized on (for legitimation purposes) by all parties involved....

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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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Feeling the Cold War

When you think of the Cold War, you probably picture ballistic missiles stationed in Cuba, the legendary ‘red telephone’ linking Washington and Moscow, or possibly the Berlin Wall. However, even during the Cold War, these were metaphors for something much bigger and far removed from most people’s everyday lives and...

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The Historian Achievement in Video Gaming

When I’m not writing my history PhD, you can find me playing the Dragon Age video game series in the free time between 9 PM and midnight. For those of you who haven’t played it *yet*, it’s a fantasy game series which takes place in a land called ‘Thedas’. Unlike...

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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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Anti-intellectualism at the Heart of British National Identity

‘I think people in this country have had enough of experts’, proclaimed prominent Leave campaigner Michael Gove in a live Q&A session during the recent Brexit debate in the UK. This statement became the most notorious example of what Dominic Shellard, Vice-Chancellor of De Montfort University, criticized as the ‘pernicious...