This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History   Leave a comment

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Mihkel Ram Tamm (centre), Estonian philosopher and expert on Sanskrit, yoga and meditation, became a guru for many hippies in Soviet Estonia and elsewhere in the USSR. This photo appears in the documentary film Soviet Hippies, directed by Terje Toomistu. Photo: Courtesy of Vladimir Wiedemann.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
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From Soviet hippies to living through the terror of partition, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.


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Posted August 12, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Hub Highlights   Leave a comment

Welcome to the Blog of the Media Archive for Central England

Following the awarding of funding from Film Hub Central East, MACE are currently creating seven packages of archive film which will be available for exhibition by Film Hub members. 

Initially we’re putting together a series of five minute shorts that put the spotlight on aspects of the collection.  From a celebration of Asian Britain as seen on television, to some of the traditions and oddities in the Midlands including the ever-popular Shrovetide football in Ashbourne. We’ve also produced a short compilation called LGBT Lives that draws on 1980s material to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.

Over the coming months we wanted to share some of the highlights and give a flavour of the films we’re looking at. This month we’re celebrating  Asian Britain on film so here’s an extract from a recently digitised film about the now long-gone Natraj Cinema on Belgrave Road in Leicester. Bollywood had truly…

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Posted August 11, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Long journeys   Leave a comment

Nick Baines's Blog

This is the script of this morning’s Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Show.

It’s that time of year again. For me August slows everything down and I finally get some space. But, it’s also the time for long car journeys … and that means loads of time to listen to music. The great thing about your kids having grown up is that no one argues with your choice of CDs.

Well, what you’ll find in my car this morning – I have just checked – is a strange mix of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Richard Ashcroft, Elbow and the wonderful Imelda May. I got back from a trip the other day feeling that my emotions had been shredded, listening to songs that seem to have been dragged out from the depths.

And that’s the power of music. Words on their own can pack a punch, but…

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Posted August 8, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History   Leave a comment

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e16eed641b98a7c8bed8b7259cef9e5d Cover detail from Paul Irish’s Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
Follow on Twitter @MWPalen

From resisting the pride of the British Empire to the day Nixon began his comeback, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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Posted August 6, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

In Khartoum   Leave a comment

Nick Baines's Blog

Sunday 31 July 2017

Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury led the four hour service that inaugurated the new (39th) Province of Sudan. Packed, joyful, chaotic (in the best and most enjoyable sense), it also saw the wonderful Archbishop Ezekiel Kondo installed as the first Primate of the new province. There are loads of photos and videos on Twitter, but I simply post here a photo I took – possibly the worst ever taken of an Archbishop of Canterbury at work.

Although the Inauguration was the primary reason for coming to Sudan, we did a lot of other stuff. We started off staying with the UK Ambassador who, despite being an excellent ambassador, turns out disappointingly to be an Arsenal fan. However, he is a fluent Arabic speaker, so the odd weirdness is forgivable.

The four-day trip also saw us flying down to Kadugli in South Kordofan on Saturday after only…

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This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History   Leave a comment

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Toussaint L’Ouverture meeting General Thomas Maitland, Saint-Domingue, 1790s.

Marc-William Palen
History Department, University of Exeter
Follow on Twitter @MWPalen

From finding Toussaint L’Ouverture in Tennessee to the hidden story of 2,000 Afro-Caribbean soldiers imprisoned in a medieval castle, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.

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Posted August 1, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

Are You Secular? Some Reflections on the Theology of Hildegard of Bingen   Leave a comment

The Armchair Theologian

The Meaning of the Secular

There has been much debate in the UK press recently about the meaning and future of the ‘secular’ but such discussions have often produced more heat than light, particularly for some religious communities who feel ever more threatened by a changing culture. A large part of this anxiety is generated by thorny questions concerning what ‘the secular’ is and how do we know if we’re really part of it.  Is it simply about widespread disbelief in God (or a Higher Power) or something more? And how is this non/belief linked to the ideology known as ‘secularism’? Some reactive religious communities continue to believe that if only they can define and ‘unmask’ the secular, they can affectively police the commitment of their members, sealing fragile souls inside a pious bubble, protected from a hostile world. But as I go on to suggest, it is not that…

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Posted July 31, 2017 by TeamBritanniaHu in Uncategorized

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