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Review of the Japanese drama We Married as a Job!

Cherish Watton recently published an insightful piece on the representation of gender dynamics in the ITV historical drama, Victoria. Although I have not yet watched the drama, Cherish argues that Victoria is a nostalgic work rather than a historical documentary. In other words, the compromised representation of Queen Victoria as...

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Inside out, or a look at history of emotions

Emotions are hard. Pixar attempted to make this easier with Inside Out (2015), by creating characters to represent and interpret our base emotions (anger, sadness, joy, fear, and disgust). But in one hundred or five hundred years, what will this film tell future generations about how we experienced, understood and...

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Still Our Bodies, Still Ourselves: American Women’s Health Activism Today

Donald Trump became the American president-elect on November 9th, and since then, American national news coverage has continued to document his cabinet picks and planned policies for office. However, beginning during the election campaign, a strong vocal protest to his presidency resounded from feminists. During the election season, Trump made...

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What exactly is populism?

In the past six months the political status quo has been questioned in both the UK and the US. Many in the US were shocked that Trump, a populist rightwinger, won the electoral college vote. In the UK, Remainers were incredulous over Leavers winning the Brexit vote, which illustrated how...

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Using Photos as Historical Sources

My research into the work of the Women’s Timber Corps initiated me into the use of photographs as historical sources. Like many historians, I am in my comfort zone when using texts. Images, in contrast, I feel less sure about. As Holly highlighted in her recent post, historians need to...

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Curious Objects, Hidden Histories

The Cambridge University Library (UL) strikes fear into the heart of many a student. Students stumble through the endless shelves desperately trying to figure out the indexing system –  and find the light switch. However, the UL need not be the source of such great anxiety. Holding close to 8...

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A review of Martin Mevius’ ‘Agents of Moscow’

As we have discussed before, the link between nationalism and communism has often been misconstrued by historians and social scientists alike over the past quarter century. While the two are theoretically incompatible, in practice they are often mutually dependent, and no communist state has ever been able to dispense with...

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Cooking from the Middle Ages to the Present Day

We need to eat to survive and this is cooking’s primary purpose. But cooking is not only a matter of survival; it is also a social practice and key part of our cultural heritage. Recipes and cookbooks, as well as historical literature, testify to this. Medieval feasts in particular were...

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Being Volksdeutsch in Poland: Research Poster

This poster, titled “Being Volksdeutsch in Poland – Volksdeutsch-Polish Children in Upper Silesia in an Age of Extremes”, is a visual outline for my PhD project based at the University of Silesia. This research is part of the H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network CHIBOW – Children Born of War....

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Historical Sightseeing in Today’s Warsaw

Warsaw, like Berlin, is one of those cities where you cannot ignore the recent past. Nearly razed to the ground during World War II, rebuilt in haste under Soviet rule and now buzzing with shops, cafés and restaurants, modern history is all around. But what do today’s tourists actually see...