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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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Easy Writing?

Stevie Davies: Into Suez: Parthian Press, Cardigan 2010 Usually, historians are unwilling to recommend historical novels: we tend to see them as ‘easy writing’, and we’re quick to point out their anachronisms and errors. However, occasionally, an exceptional novelist writes … 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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History Cinema: “The Search”

Introduction and Screening: Thursday 18th March By the end of World War II, Europe faced a refugee crisis involving seven million people. This was a major challenge for the allied victors. Their response can be reconstructed through the memoirs and … Continue reading

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Refugees – whose responsibility?

History Workshop: Women and Refugees University of Glamorgan, G.304 and G.305: Saturday 13 March 2010, 10.00-14.00 There have always been refugees but in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s there were some of the most monumental and severe refugee crises … Continue reading

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