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The Glorious Dead?

The ruins of Oradour-sur-Glane War memorials dominate the French landscape, especially in the north where each tiny village has a statue or a plaque dedicated to men ‘Morts pour la France’. They were all built to commemorate the First World … Continue reading

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Tour de France (6): Sharif Gemie

En Passant I got to the Gare de l’Est in Paris a few minutes early. It’s an enormous station, with over twenty different platforms, and some attempt to provide clear information to passengers concerning where they might be able to … Continue reading

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Tour de France (5) – Sharif Gemie

Miles of Aisles To Albi, way down in the south of France and a twelve-hour train journey from Nancy. I’m going in order to attend a meeting of the EXILIO network: a small research project which links researchers in Britain, … Continue reading

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Tour de France (4) – Sharif Gemie

Five years ago I visited the Chateau of Lunéville, located in the east of France. It was an extraordinary sight: this wonderful eighteenth-century building had been devastated in a fire in 2003. We walked through enormous, high rooms, with cinders … Continue reading

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Tour de France (3) – Sharif Gemie

Tour de France: Blog 3 Speaking in French I’m in the Breton capital of Rennes, enjoying an unexpected heatwave. I’m here to give a lecture in French on some of the research carried out by myself, Fiona Reid, Laure Humbert … Continue reading

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Tour de France (2) – Sharif Gemie

Tour de France: Blog Entry 2 At Chateaubriand’s Tomb I like Chateaubriand. I’ve got three copies of his post-humous memoirs, Mémoires-d’Outre-Tombe : a cheap paperback edition, a luxurious two-volume Pléaide leather-bound edition, and a rather erratic electronic edition on my … Continue reading

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Tour de France (1) – Sharif Gemie

Tour de France: Blog Entry One The Ship that Carried a Quarter of France I had meant to make several short trips to France this year. I wasn’t able to arrange these, so instead I’m making one fortnight-long journey to … Continue reading

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World War I – Acrobatic Antics

Acrobatic Antics According to the Literary Digest for 1917, this photograph records a moment of “Military Foolhardiness” Was the photograph staged? Probably not. The surrounding area looks very much as though the region has been devastated by bombardment and fighting. … 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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News from the Classroom … When did Nationalism start?

First Year Option: ‘Nations and Empires’ When did nationalism start? Does it carry specific political values? This module debates nationalism in a series of different contexts. While many people believe that nationalism is something inherent and natural, almost inscribed in … Continue reading

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