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War Memorial Tour in Cambridge

Join Cherish and Tiia on their journey, as they explore the many war memorials around the University of Cambridge. It was a cold, windy and rainy Saturday morning in Cambridge, as we set out on our mini war memorial tour. War memorials are scattered throughout the British landscape: communities built...

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Remember Them As You Must

As the first of two World Wars, the Great War is a chilling reminder of the atrocities of war and death. The purpose of this post is to remind us not only of the horrifying realities of war, but also of the brave men and women who fought for their...

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May’s New Mass Surveillance Bill and the Stasi

Theresa May announced a new mass surveillance bill in the British parliament this week, giving new powers to police and security services. Edward Snowden criticised the bill, and discussions online also reveal discontent among UK netizens. This mass surveillance bill could be compared to the operations of the former Stasi...

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Lost Worlds: Reviving Nostalgia for German Central Europe?

Whether it is remembered as the ‘lost German East’ or as an idealised, multicultural region like Galicia, Germans and Austrians have a complicated relationship with Central Europe. As the locus of German culture and crimes, Austrian and German nostalgia for German Central Europe is often regarded with suspicion — if...

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Suffragette: A Review

Why does it matter if women have the right to vote? The film Suffragette (2015) tells the story of East London women’s struggle for the vote. Carey Mulligan plays Maud Watts, who finds herself at the heart of the Suffragette organisation. This is where public history and film meet—but have...

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Chinese Empresses in the USA

While Twilight and Gossip Girl have become increasingly popular in China, a well-known Chinese TV drama, Empresses in the Palace (后宫·甄嬛传), was also introduced to American audiences this past March. The show was made available exclusively on Netflix, but the low ratings that followed were a shock: it received a...

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Troubadour Lyrics and Chronicles: Writing the Crusades

Individual examinations of troubadour lyrics and chronicles would not situate the crusading movement within its social context; together, however, troubadour lyrics and chronicles can be used in tandem to form a perspective on the Crusades. Troubadour lyrics – precisely crusading lyrics – allow insight into the author’s motivation and intended audience during...

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Less is More: On Visiting the Erich Kästner Museum

One criticism of modern museums is that they are typically too large to navigate, and create a very real division between the visitor and the objects on display. As such, the museum creates a predefined path, leaving very little to the visitor’s initiative. The overabundance of historical interpretations intended to...

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The Spectre of the Gun: Star Trek and the Cold War

It is to be hoped that the premise, influence and sheer appeal of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek need little introduction. The franchise, chronicling the exploratory and diplomatic adventures of various starship crews, has enjoyed phenomenal success largely due to its optimistic, uplifting portrayal of the future—a welcome change from the...