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Historic preservation and memory

While History to the Public has dedicated May to examining the connections between history and memory, in the United States, May is designated as Preservation Month. Preservation Month was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the month is used as an opportunity by communities all...

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Saudade: Exploring Memory through Film

We are opening Memory Month with a short film by two graduate students from the University of Porto entitled Saudade. This film tells the story of Ana Pereira, whose parents migrated to Australia from Portugal. Ana has always been fascinated by photographs and curious about her heritage. After discovering a...

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Depicting Finland’s 100 years, or the coin controversy

In early April, the Finnish Ministry of Finance announced its anniversary coinage, celebrating 100 years of Finland’s independence. The coinage was to depict scenes from the country’s history. Controversy struck quickly: the first coin, representing the Finnish civil war, features a soldier about to be shot at close range. However,...

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Early Modern England: A Literate Culture?

In the late 15th century, the printing press came to England. Whilst initially its trade remained small and concentrated in the hands of a few, its rapid expansion throughout the Early Modern period transformed English society, rendering ‘literature culture’ important to everyday life. However, the true extent to which literature...

THE DEVONSHIRE, or Most Approved Method of Securing Votes', by Thomas Rowlandson 0

The 1784 Election: Masculinity in Crisis?

The 1784 election contest for the constituency of Westminster was one of the most hotly contested in history, ‘forty days of riot, forty days of confusion’ in the words of Pitt the Younger . Aged only 24, Prime Minister Pitt tried to snatch Westminster from the hands of self-proclaimed ‘man...

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Dream of the Red Chamber: Translating Chinese Literature

From the 1950s to the 1970s, many translation projects of Chinese works were supported by the authority of mainland China. Translators and western experts were invited to join these projects. Among them was a very well-known translator: Yang Xianyi (杨宪益). Over the course of his career, Yang contributed more than...