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Can We Understand History Through Fiction?

This holiday I read Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel,  All the Light We Cannot See (2014). The book centres around two characters: Werner, a German Nazi youth, and Marie-Laure, a blind French girl. The two face the imminent Second World War from their respective, opposing sides. While Doerr’s work...

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HTTP Turns 1: Our First Anniversary Podcast

A year ago to the day, we at History to the Public made our first post excitedly announcing the launch of our project. In honour of this momentous occasion, Tiia, Simon, Muzaffar and Alex met up at University College London (UCL) to record a podcast discussing how the project began, how it’s changed over...

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Hardcore History with Dan Carlin

Dan Carlin’s sheer enthusiasm for history is infectious in his podcast, Hardcore History. Rather than trying to convince his viewers that the subject matter is important or interesting, he cleverly asks, why wouldn’t this be interesting to you? I recently discovered his podcasts during my daily commute. Most days, I...

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Working Men’s Clubs: Past, Present and Future.

At the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club this week, you can groove all night at the Disco 54 Festive Freakout, do your Christmas shopping at The Satanic Flea Market’s ANTICHRISTmas, or experience the delights of ‘alien burlesque’ at May The Farce Be With You. All this at a venue cosily...

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Wang Yangming Part II: A Military Strategist

Most people, if you ask them what they did at age fifteen, would probably list studying, playing sports, or trying their luck with the opposite sex. If you ask one particular Chinese man from the Ming dynasty however, the story gets better. At age fifteen, this person skipped school and headed...

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The Crusaders’ A Series of Unfortunate Events

Following a series of unfortunate events in the spring of 1204, the army of the Fourth Crusade sacked the most significant Christian city: Constantinople. Although it was launched as a holy war by Pope Innocent III, some historians argue that the Fourth Crusade didn’t end as one. The following is...

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What is Oral History?

‘Oral history is as old as the first recorded history and as new as the latest digital recorder.’ These are the first words of the ‘Oxford Handbook on Oral History’ which forecasts the transformation of this discipline throughout time. Following conversations with his contemporaries, in 431 BC, Thucydides famously recited...

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Meet Your Big Brother, Google

A study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers reveals that the average adult looks at his or her phone 150 times a day. That’s roughly once every ten minutes, peaking at once every six seconds between 5 and 8 PM. That’s not including the time it takes to sleep, during...

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A First Foray into the Archives…

It feels as though it’s taken me an absurdly long time to get around to doing any archival research. Not that I’m labouring under that old Rankean delusion that the archive is where true historians are forged – I’m not really a historian by training, and have never learnt enough...

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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...