Archive for December 2016

Seventh Day of Christmas: 31st December: New Year’s Eve   Leave a comment

A ‘Waits’ Carol’ (1642) to the tune ‘Greensleeves’, for New Year: ‘The old year now away is fled, The new year it is enteréd, Then let us now our sins down-tread…

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Posted December 31, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Top Ten of 2016 – #1 – The Historians’ Group of the Communist Party – Ten Years that Reshaped History   Leave a comment

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Editor’s Note: In the weeks leading up to the new year, please help us celebrate 2016 at the Imperial & Global Forum by checking out the past year’s 10 most popular posts.

1. The Historians’ Group of the Communist Party – Ten Years that Reshaped History

In late 1946 a group of historians, friends and members of the Communist Party started regularly meeting in Marx’s House in London, picture here.
In late 1946 the Historians’ Group – made up of historians, friends, and members of the Communist Party – started regularly meeting in Marx’s House in London, pictured here.

Gil Shohat
Humboldt University Berlin

In today’s history cosmos, terms such as ‘History from Below’, ‘People’s History’ and ‘Social History’ belong to the essential canon of most academics and students. Thus, it is important to remember how these terms found their way into historiography before they were considered legitimate. Members of the Communist Party Historians’ Group in the UK laid the cornerstone for a new paradigm in historiography, today largely referred to as Social History, in the…

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Posted December 30, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Fifth Day of Christmas: Barbecue time! 29th December.   Leave a comment

When anyone asks me, ‘did you have a good Christmas?’ around this time, I usually answer in the present continuous. As Shakespeare knew well, there are twelve days to the festival, thou…

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Posted December 29, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Dementia: memory and identity   Leave a comment

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This is the script of this morning’s Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in which dementia was one of the themes chosen by guest editor Carey Mulligan:

When I was a Vicar in Leicestershire I was constantly surprised by visits to elderly people who suffered from some form of dementia. Now usually silent, play a harvest hymn or sing a Christmas carol and they would join in. I well remember the agony of a wife no longer recognised by her husband, and her bemusement when he broke his silence and started singing.

With dementia it seems as if the person we love has entered a different world, and it is those who remember all too well who feel the deep sense of loss and bereavement.

Some things go very deep. And when all else has become submerged into a different sort of consciousness, a vestige of…

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Posted December 27, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Top Ten of 2016 – #5 – “End the Autocracy of Color”: African Americans and Global Visions of Freedom   Leave a comment

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Editor’s Note: In the weeks leading up to the new year, please help us celebrate 2016 at the Imperial & Global Forum by checking out the past year’s 10 most popular posts.

5. “End the Autocracy of Color”: African Americans and Global Visions of Freedom

Keisha N. Blain*
University of Iowa

Historically, black men and women in the United States frequently linked national and geopolitical concerns. Recognizing that the condition of black people in the United States was “but a local phase of a world problem,” black activists articulated global visions of freedom and employed a range of strategies intent on shaping foreign policies and influencing world events.

John Q. Adams
John Q. Adams

During the early twentieth century, John Q. Adams, an African American journalist, called on people of African descent to link their experiences and concerns with those of people of color in other parts of the globe. Born in Louisville, Kentucky in…

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Posted December 26, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Advent and Christmas Exiled in England, 1956-57.   Leave a comment

Tom’s mother, Edit Leimdörfer, London, December 1956 A Seven-day Sojourn in Austria: 10-17 December 1956…  As the black Cadillac belonging to Gyuri Schustek’s business associate d…

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Posted December 24, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Exodus & Asylum at Advent: Refugee Experiences in the Aftermath of the Soviet Invasion of Hungary, 1956   Leave a comment

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Part One, 1-9 December – Fleeing the Homeland

Revolutionary Sportsmen and their families…

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The famous footballers of Honvéd Budapest had left Hungary on 1 November, just before the second Soviet intervention, in order to prepare for their European Cup match against Athletico Bilbao. After the invasion, the players suddenly found themselves cut off from their homeland and their families, but, accompanied by the solidarity and compassion of their western European hosts, they played matches for charity and to cover their expenses. They donned black armbands and cut the red-starred Honvéd badge from their shirts.

The players did everything they could to get their families out of the country from behind the even more strictly controlled border fences of their homeland. Puskás’ wife and their four-year-old daughter, Anikó, had managed to cross into Austria on 1 December, making their way through muddy, ploughed fields, in the cold, wet night. Anikó had…

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Posted December 24, 2016 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

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