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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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The Joys of Being an Africanist: Summertime in Tanzania, by Dr Heike I. Schmidt

Part II Conducting oral history interviews as well as participant observation are the prerogatives of the modern historian. These methods also need to be carefully learned and critically questioned as the research itself generates primary sources. They require the researcher … Continue reading

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The Joys of Being a Historian: Summertime in Tanzania, by Dr Heike I. Schmidt

Part I I knew exactly what I was doing. I planned my fieldwork to utter perfection. After all I was an experienced postdoc, having spent about three years living in Zimbabwe while studying and researching the country’s past. Now working … Continue reading

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‘Can You See the Real Me’: Bank Holidays and Quadrophenia, by Professor Matthew Worley

August Bank Holiday means it’s time for my annual viewing of Quadrophenia (1979), the film built around The Who’s 1973 LP of the same name. Jimmy, a young mod from London, prepares for a beano in Brighton, travelling to the … Continue reading

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The Rugby World Cup and the Born Free Dancing Victory

By Dr Heike Schmidt On Saturday 2 November the ‘Springboks’, South Africa’s national rugby team, won the world cup in the final game against England. There has been a much-reported twitter storm in response to one of the Springbok players, … Continue reading

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