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Women in Politics: Margaret Thatcher’s Leadership in Context

Margaret Thatcher’s leadership as a woman is a very relevant and important area for historians to study, as it allows us to consider the continuity and change in women’s leadership over the course of the twentieth-century. As we might expect, much literature has been devoted to Thatcher’s pioneering, yet controversial...

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The Fourth Crusade: The Crusaders Conquer… Constantinople?

In 1204 the crusading army did the unthinkable – it sacked Constantinople. The conquering of a Christian city, the nucleus of the Byzantine Empire, is an event that has been seen in two different lights. Was it a series of unfortunate, unavoidable occurrences or was it one that was grasped...

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A visit to Dachau: managing the past in the present

A web of expectations I have just arrived in Bavaria where I will be spending the next 12 months at the University of Augsburg. It’s a sunny Sunday afternoon at the beginning of August. And, armed with one of the famous “Land tickets” that allow you to go wherever you...

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What did the Nazis believe in?

Religion in Nazi Germany is not often discussed, but it played an important role in the way the Nazi party and German society viewed and understood their everyday lives. My research involves looking into a specific generation, the Hitler Youth generation, who were children born around 1929 in Nazi Germany....

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Reconstructing the history of mental illness at Museo Laboratorio della Mente

If you visit the Museo Laboratorio della Mente in Rome expecting a typical museum, you’ll be disappointed. The museum is housed in the northern part of the Italian capital, in a neighborhood called Monte Mario, in a former psychiatric hospital (Manicomio) called Santa Maria della Pietà. The whole complex is...

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Nothing Beyond Mind (心外无物) and Knowledge as Action (知行合一): Wang Yangming (王阳明), the Greatest Chinese Idealist Philosopher and Strategist (I)

Any mention of idealism in philosophy will probably bring to mind names like Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer. However, in China’s Ming dynasty, there was a very important Chinese Idealist philosopher who is much less well-known in the West, yet was the founder of idealism in ancient China and was canonized...

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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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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...

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An interview with Liam Hogan (@Limerick1914)

Encountering and Refuting Misrepresentations of the Past Online, an interview with Liam Hogan With the advent of social media, sharing, discussing and absorbing historical knowledge has become easier than ever before. Conversely, the internet has incubated new ways to misrepresent the past and facilitated the wide dissemination of historical narratives...