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Youtube. ‘You can be anything in Ireland now, except English’ “Ireland is an unknown place to a lot of British people,” says Charlotte Matabaro, who was 15 when she moved from London to rural Co Tipperary, in 1995.

‘You can be anything in Ireland now, except English’

“You’re taught a very different history in British schools. When you come here and hear the other side, you have to take a step back. You have to re-educate yourself.” Moving here, says Ben Thompson, an estate agent from Sussex, you get a “very quick education in the fact that Britain didn’t treat Ireland very well”. Irish affairs only encroach on the British psyche when it’s something majorly newsworthy. Katie da Gama, a business and executive coach from Southampton, says she knew nothing about Irish history before she arrived here in 2004.

The Holocaust

Nightmare in Berlin by Hans Fallada review – a compelling portrait of postwar Germany. Hans Fallada’s career was chaotic and disastrous.

Nightmare in Berlin by Hans Fallada review – a compelling portrait of postwar Germany

Posterity is lucky to rescue anything from the long catastrophe. In ideal circumstances, he would have been the sort of novelist to address social issues in a popular, palatable style, enjoyed by a wide and serious-minded readership. As it happened, he had the bad luck to write in Germany, between the last years of the Weimar republic and the end of the second world war. The circumstances in which Fallada had to write and tried to publish badly affected his novels. Two are worth our attention: Little Man, What Now? These two novels, Fallada at his best, have a curious quality. There is a good biography in English by Jenny Williams.


Walter Benjamin On the Concept of History /Theses on the Philosophy of History. Africa. A house in Shoreditch damaged by a Zeppelin raid, ... Veterans of Britain's anti-apartheid movement remember how they rebuilt themselves around Mandela. The Tower Bridge from a drawing by C.W.Wyllie ... St Vincent and Grenadines prepares to confront dark history of slavery in court. St Vincent and the Grenadines.

St Vincent and Grenadines prepares to confront dark history of slavery in court

A string of islands that stands out in Caribbean holiday brochures as the destination with the most turquoise of waters, the most pristine of white-sand beaches. Home to the ultra-exclusive private island and celebrity hangout Mustique. Yachting paradise. Enduring Exile by Alia Malek. A family’s journey from Armenia to Syria and back again.

Enduring Exile by Alia Malek

Members of the Knadjian family at the Abu Artin restaurant and inn, 1959. Courtesy of the Knadjian family Two years ago, in September, Anto’s neighbors warned him: it was time for him to go. He would no longer be safe in these hills above the city of Idlib in northwestern Syria. He knew better than to doubt them. A descendant of Armenians from Ottoman Turkey, he had inherited a dormant vigilance that now came to life. With his neighbors’ warnings in his ears, Anto scrambled to secure some cash. Anto sold the restaurant’s cutlery and dishware, and the inn’s AC and heating units, in another village, and at a fraction of their value. Even though he tried downsizing as slowly and as inconspicuously as possible, soon people began to notice, to circle, and to ask. Anto was marked, a Syrian-Armenian Christian in a Syria of looming sectarianism.

January and February had brought an end to the dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt. Propaganda at the British Library: Read between the lines.

United States

Cuba. Catholic Church. African, Latino, Native, & Asian America. A history of pirates: Eye on the main chance. Rachel Shteir Reviews Jill Lepore's "The Story Of America: Essays On Origins" ASKED ABOUT HER busy career, Harvard professor and frequent New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore recently said, “Either you’re going to run out of breath or you’re going to trip.”

Rachel Shteir Reviews Jill Lepore's "The Story Of America: Essays On Origins"

(She also has a family and has written six books.) In her latest offering, The Story of America, a collection of essays mostly published in The New Yorker, the history professor has tripped. Lepore started writing for The New Yorker in 2005 and since then has filed 86 pieces—blogs, comments, essays, reviews—for the magazine. That is impressive, at least quantitatively speaking. The leap from scholarly writing to magazine deadlines is sort of like the leap from cross-country skiing to downhill. Lepore starts out with a good subject. Support thought-provoking, quality journalism. This scolding skepticism occasionally works. Lepore also can be scholarly in a good way when she reminds readers that Colonial Americans are not just twenty-first century ones wearing funny hats. Hobsbawm and the CPGB. Eric Hobsbawm, Peter De Francia, c.1955.

Hobsbawm and the CPGB

James Hyman Fine Art, currently on public display in Room One of the stunning curation of art and archives connected to John Berger, ‘Art and property now’ at the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, King’s College London, the Strand, WC2R till November 10, 2012. Monday-Saturday 13:00 – ! 9:00. Saddam Hussein's Speeches on Democracy (1977-1978) By Maria Popova “The question of democracy is an extremely complicated one.

Saddam Hussein's Speeches on Democracy (1977-1978)

It needs your great concern.” “We aspire to make the child a source of enlightenment within the family, which includes his parents and his siblings, so that he may bring about positive changes. He may also teach his family some of the rules of good conduct and respect…” This isn’t Maria Montessori or Sir Ken Robinson or some other celebrated champion of education. Literature Against the French. King Louis Napoléon by Lotte Jensen To what extent can literature be used as a source for gaining historical knowledge? [1] This question has challenged historians and literary historians ever since the development of ‘history’ as a scholarly discipline.

The answer tends to be moderately positive: literature may reveal specific information that can increase our historical knowledge of a certain time, but we should always take the specific character of literature into account.[2] In some cases, however, literature seems to be indispensable for a correct view of a certain period. This article discusses the case of Dutch resistance literature between 1806 and 1813 and argues that studying this type of literature fundamentally changes our perspective on these years. Status Quaestionis Joor’s research did not include literature but it must be considered as an important, if not the most important, source to support the thesis that the Dutch people protested against their French rulers. Still Adoring the Idea. Turkish delight with “muddled pool of hypocrisy” Turkey’s current love affair with all things Ottoman was captured by the massively popular release of it historical blockbuster Fetih 1453, charting the conquest of Istanbul, this February – despite criticisms of its depictions of violence and inaccuracies in its historical representation.

Still Adoring the Idea

Traditional Ottoman army band perform during the 559th anniversary of the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire. This May 29th marked the 559th anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul.