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A Journey Through Bosnia’s Unwanted Past

Tim Butcher, in a travelogue of his journey through Bosnia in the footsteps of the famed assassin Gabrilo Princip, writes ‘History teaches us that it is on the margins that the greatest change often happens.’  Bosnia and Herzegovina, to use its elongated title, is in many senses located on the...

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Three ways historians can use LaTeX

As we have previously written about how historians may go about using LaTeX, today our focus is on the stumbling stones and problems historians may have with using the software. Richard Gunning (RG) and Tiia Sahrakorpi (TS) probe the problems and best practises of LaTeX to writing a PhD dissertation....

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“Lest We Forget”? The Battle of Waterloo turns 200 as Britain celebrates

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo during which Napoleon suffered his greatest setback–hence our celebration all over the media today. The Battle of Waterloo was the bloodiest battle in Europe before the First World War, totalling around 65,000 dead (out of 118,000). Born in 1769 to...

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Magna Carta @ 800: A Visit to the British Library

Today marks the eight hundredth anniversary of the signing (though contrary to popular belief it was not signed, but sealed, by King John) of Magna Carta, the ‘Great Charter’ that has gone down as one of the foundation stones of English (later British) liberalism. This foundation was both legal and,...

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Why you should watch Outlander online

The Outlander book and TV series is historical fiction, set in both in 1945 and 1740s Scotland; it follows the story of Claire Randall (married to Frank Randall, until her disappearance), a former nurse, and Jamie Fraser, a Highlander Scot from the 1740s. The last episode of the first seasons...

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Surviving the post-war: Review of Ida and Phoenix

With the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War having just passed and over two decades of particularly lively academic and popular debate about the war, the Holocaust and its legacies, one wonders what can still be added to the discussion. Yet two recent films, Paweł Pawlikowski’s...

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The God of War: Guan Yu (关羽)

Guan Yu (关羽) in San Guo Yan Yi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) In the Three Kingdoms’ vast world, nearly one thousand characters cross the stage. Among the characters, Guan Yu (关羽, Lord Guan) is the principal fictional creation of the novel. The plot centres on him more than on...

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The First World War Women’s Land Army

With the marking of the World War One centenary from 2014 to 2018, much discussion has taken place over the invaluable role which women played during the war. Whilst most people remember there was a Women’s Land Army during the Second World War, many do not know that the organisation...