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The Crusades: A Historiographical Evolution

The Crusades were extraordinary events: armed pilgrimages sent to conquer and defend the Holy Land in the name of Christ. Many Western European nations can identify with the crusading movement. England boasts much of King Richard the Lionheart and his strong leadership of the Third Crusade. The Crusade of 1197...

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LaTeX: a scientist’s trade secret to writing

This article aims to let historians into a little trade secret for writing kept by scientists—LaTeX. LaTeX, pronounced «Lah-tech» or «Lay-tech», is a popular document preparation system and document markup language. In a similar vein to our previous History to the Public article on Markdown, this article will serve as...

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Who saved the Jews of Bulgaria from the Nazis?

During the Nazi occupation in World War Two, alongside Denmark and Finland, Bulgaria successfully prevented the deportation of its Jewish population. As Bulgaria became more closely allied with Germany, the Nazis gave orders to organise the deportation of Jews from the region. Although plans were partially fulfilled, following civil and...

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What’s in an Archive?

‘The archive,’ writes Michel Foucault, ‘is the first law of what can be written.’ In Ireland, where historical events play out in contemporary politics and collective memory is evoked in the street names of every city and town, even the primary materials we use to write history become politicised. The...

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The Belfast Project: oral history’s chance to grow up

Students of either Irish or oral history are probably already aware of the controversy and rancour surrounding the Boston College oral history project investigating the Northern Irish Troubles. The affair has been simmering in the media for over three years, with new details regularly emerging of the mistakes made by...

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The Repressed Always Returns: Trauma, Body, and Recovery

Dominik Lacapra, an intellectual historian, has written extensively on the representation of trauma in the Holocaust and in historical writing.  While trauma is often conceived as a psychological experience, this article, by revoking the term coined by Freud, intends to draw readers’ attention to body memory, especially the abuse of...

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Coding for Historians

Historians spend hours and hours in front of computer screens and paper sources from other centuries trying to create a cohesive narrative. Mostly we use Microsoft Word to write down our ideas and browse the internet for information. But our computers can offer us way more than that. We may not...