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The Victorians and the making of the traditional Christmas

Christmas,as we all know, boasts some impressive traditions. But when, precisely, did those traditions come into being? J.M. Golby and A.W. Purdue’s The Making of the Modern Christmas(1986) is a lively history of the festive season that traces the origin … Continue reading

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Slaves, Speed Demons, Snake Stones: New Welsh History?

Why a ‘New History of Wales’? The Western Mail claims to be ‘ripping up the stereotypes’ for Welsh History Month. Three members of Glamorgan’s history division have contributed to the newpaper’s ‘New History of Wales’ series. Drawing on their recent … Continue reading

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Symbols of Oppression?

Graduate Prizewinners in History, 2010 Hijabs and headscarves have made headlines all over Europe recently. Is the Islamic veil a security threat, a symbol of oppression, a rejection of modernity? What can a historian add to this debate? In her … Continue reading

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On the Beach

Andy Croll recommends some summer reading It’s that time of year again. Put down your history books for a couple of weeks, slap on the sun cream and head for the beach. Think again! Here’s some good news for you. … Continue reading

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Glamorgan Historians work with Welsh Museums

Two of Glamorgan’s historians, Dr Jonathan Durrant and Dr Andy Croll, are working with Welsh museums as part of the Strategic Insight Programme (SIP). The programme enables staff in universities to build relationships with external partners. Jonathan Durrant has been … Continue reading

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News from the classroom … What was the Black Death?

History Foundation Module: What was the Black Death? What was the Black Death? The answer – as every schoolchild knows – is simple: the Black Death was the bubonic plague (or Yersinia Pestis to give it its scientific name). It’s … Continue reading

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News from the classroom … Into the Victorian slum: in search of the real-life Fagin

History foundation module: ‘Crime, Vice and Lowlife in the 19th century’ Students taking Andy Croll’s History foundation module ‘Crime, Vice and Lowlife in the 19th century’ have spent the last two weeks thinking about the so-called ‘criminal’ classes. Many Victorians … Continue reading

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