Tagged: Europe

Francesco Orilia, “Cuccagna arch of bread, cheese, and sucking pigs, made in honor of Duke Antonio Alvarez di Toledo, Viceroy of Naples, on the Feast of Saint John the Baptist, 23 June 1629” (1630) Source: Hyperallergic.com 0

Food Arches and Early Modern Court Festivals

Court festivals allowed courts to distinguish themselves. They functioned as a ‘ritual performance of omnipotence’, extending the court’s power to a wider audience.  Through ceremony and spectacle, festivals enacted power structures  through theatrical performances. Such performances depended on the deferential presence of courtiers, alongside the wider masses, who gave legitimacy...

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Feeling the Cold War

When you think of the Cold War, you probably picture ballistic missiles stationed in Cuba, the legendary ‘red telephone’ linking Washington and Moscow, or possibly the Berlin Wall. However, even during the Cold War, these were metaphors for something much bigger and far removed from most people’s everyday lives and...

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The Day Human Character Changed

On or about June 2016, human character changed, and I finally understood the meaning of postmodernism. When I emerged from the Underground at Tottenham Court Road, navigating the sea of black umbrellas towards the British Museum, I felt it. There was a hush, a heightened British reserve, as the men...

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VE Day May 8 1945: What kind of European Victory?

Today, May 8, marks seventy years since the end of the Second World War on the European front, though the war in the Pacific was to continue until September 2, 1945. It is important to remember the significance of “VE” for the Allied powers as a day of commemoration and...