Tag Archives: American History

An American Christmas History, by Melanie Khuddro

When we think of the roots of our Christmas customs, we might typically think of nineteenth century England. The Victorian Royal family popularised the indoor, decorated tree in an image of them gathered around one which was published in Illustrated … Continue reading

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Podcasting Material Culture! Our MA history Students Get to Grips with Historical Items in the Archives

Episode One: Fin Barringer asks, ”Who Put That There?’ Finding Letters of Robert E. Lee in Reading Archives’ For the MA Historical Skills and Resources Module, our brilliant students were asked to put together a podcast or vlog on an … Continue reading

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The Cold War, the Drug War, and… Summer Camp in the 1980s, by Richard M. Balzano

The Cold War shaped the latter half of the American twentieth century, and the bipolar standoff and its peripheral contests could be felt in every corner of domestic American life. Washington’s security pursuits often generated results that contradicted domestic goals, … Continue reading

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Women’s Voices: From Slavery to the #MeToo Movement – Fairbrother Lecture 2019

The end of the American Civil War offered emancipated African American women the right to bring rape charges against white men for the first time, leading to an escalation in disclosures of sexual violence. In this lecture, History Ph.D. student … Continue reading

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‘Our Friend Rommel’: How Hollywood invented the ‘Good German’

by Professor Patrick Major Twenty years ago the Polish-American installation artist Piotr Uklański mounted an exhibition simply called ‘The Nazis’ (you can see many of the photographs from the exhibition here). It showed 164 images of Wehrmacht officers in uniform, … Continue reading

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