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  • 31 May 2023
    Claire Andrieu

    When War Knocks on the Door: What Do Civilians Do?

    WW2 Comparative History from BelowWritten by Claire Andrieu Unlike the objects of its title, the subject of this book did not fall from the sky. I did not set out to write a comparative history of the reception of downed airmen in Britain, France and Germany during World War II. The story of When Men […]

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  • 16 May 2023
    Peter Thompson

    Atmos(fears): The Gas Mask in Interwar Germany

    Image Description: The front page of a 1937 edition of Die Sirene, the monthly magazine for the Nazi Reichsluftschutzbund (or Reich Air Protection League). The man on the front sports the Volksgasmaske, or “People’s Gas Mask.” While most technical experts knew that the mass-produced mask offered little protection against chemical weapons, the captions boast of its technical specifications and claim that: “Every German can feel safe under the gas mask!”

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  • 16 May 2023
    Péter Bokody

    Politics of Sexual Violence?

    The HBO series Game of Thrones is perhaps the most recent expression of the general view that the Middle Ages were rape-prone. Humiliation and exploitation of female (and male) characters repeatedly come together with direct sexual violence, which is only partially reframed through a series of revenge-sequences in the last season. The cinematic quality of […]

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  • 18 Apr 2023
    Mikkel Dack

    Purging Nazism from German Society

    For thousands of years, wars have generally ended in the same way: a military invasion is followed by a decisive victory or negotiated ceasefire. Treaties are signed, territories seized, and reparations procured — the invading army leaves. To avoid the same failures of the Treaty of Versailles (1919), the victorious Allied armies took additional measures […]

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  • 13 Apr 2023
    Jan Plamper

    We Are All Migrants

    I had done twenty-odd discussion events around my book in East Germany, but this was something else. “If they start disturbing, or if things turn violent, just push the red button and the police will come,” said the representative of the local antiracist citizen group that had invited me to Chemnitz, pointing to a contraption […]

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  • 27 Feb 2023
    Susan McCall Perlman

    How Intelligence Becomes Policy

    For four decades now, historians have lamented intelligence as the “missing dimension” of diplomatic history and international relations, the lack of relevance afforded “long-term intelligence experience to current policy,” and the consequent dearth of sophisticated analyses of how intelligence influences relations between states.[1] My book, Contesting France: Intelligence and US Foreign Policy in the Early […]

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  • 9 Feb 2023
    R.J.B. Bosworth

    The Amendolas: an Italian family

    Above you will find an image of the Amendola Fiera station on Milan’s tube line number 1. It was opened in 1964 and is located in Piazza Giovanni Amendola ‘statista’. The square hails Giovanni as a statesman; the station as a ‘martire’ (martyr) of Anti-Fascism. In any Italian city, it is easy to brush up on your […]

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  • 7 Feb 2023
    Dejan Djokić

    How to Write the History of Serbia at the Crossroads of the National, the Regional and the Global

    Serbia has been involved in events which have shaped the modern world – most notably in 1914 and during the Cold War and the 1990s Yugoslav wars – yet its history remains little known. In my new book, A Concise History of Serbia, recently published by Cambridge University Press, I show how migrations, encounters with […]

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