The first Euro­p­eans to visit the Golden Horn Bay came off two British war­ships in 1855. Russian and German mer­ch­ants from across Eur­­­ope, plus the Japanese, settled in what later became Vlad­iv­ost­ok (pop now 610,000). The area near the Chinese and North Korean borders was ceded by China to Russia via the Treaties of Aigun…

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I have referred for half my post to Chloe Govan’s paper on  the controversial life of King Louis XV’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour. Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson (1721–1764) was the daughter of a grotty mother and a penniless fraudster father who was forced to flee the country when she was 4, to avoid hanging for his debts. Jean…

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There were many famous bushrangers during the Gold Rush Australia eg Mad Dog Mor­gan (1830–65), Captain Moonlight (1842–80), Capt Thunderbolt (1835-70), Capt Midnight (1855-78), Ben Hall (1837-65) and Ned Kelly (1854–80). Many bushrangers were shot on site or hanged after court, for commit­t­ing murder and theft. Their average life expectancy was only c33 years!Wanted poster…

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The 5th Seminar in History of Domestic Violence and Abuse series, organized by Juliana Dresvina & Anu Lahtinen, University of Oxford & University of Helsinki. October 1, 2021 at 10.00 LONDON TIME [Suomen aikaa klo 12!] Elena Chepel, ‘How to complain about violence if you are a woman: language and gender in Ptolemaic papyrus petitions’…

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How can an author frame the life of a paradoxical historical charact­er, partic­ularly one who has almost slipped out of Australian public conscious­ness? Author Gideon Haigh noted the issue in the first chapter of his book The Brilliant Boy: Doc Evatt and the Great Australian Experiment.Min of  External Affairs and Attorney General Dr Evatt, with P.M…

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On September 2021, Minu Haschemi and Dörte Lerp (Freie Universität Berlin) and Janne Lahti (University of Helsinki) are organizing a webinar series called Reflecting on German (Post)Colonial Connections. The webinar series consists of four events that build up the discussion on German colonial legacies. The aim of this webinar series is to set out to…

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Sport was a key branch of British Cultural Imper­ialism, like trade, English and Protestantism. The most popular sports, including cricket, football and ten­n­is, were org­an­ised & codified in C19th Brit­ain, but the motiv­ations behind a sport programme across the vast British Empire were unclear. With colonial ex­pan­sion, Cricket came to In­dia with the East India Trading…

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To coincide with the British Library's exhibition Paddington: The Story of a Bear, we've put together a series of blog posts about a few other bears (fictional and real) from the collections. Our current Paddington Bear exhibition made me think of one of his forebears in British children’s literature, Mary...

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Hydra HarbourCharmian Clift (1923–69) was born & raised near Sydney while George John­ston (1912-70) was born & raised in Melb­ourne. They married in 1947 and soon were on the well-worn trek of young Australians to London. In 1951 Clift and Johnston left grey, post-war London for Greece. Set­tling first on the tiny island of Kalymnos…

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Parisian Charles Bedaux (1886–1944) worked a series of menial jobs before he moved to U.S in 1906 at 20. There he worked digging tunnels under New York’s East River. Thank you History Grand Rapids 60-room Château de Candé est­ate, TouraineBedaux’s connection to Grand Rapids Mich began in 1915 when F Stuart Foote, general manager of Imperial…

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Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) was born into a St Petersburg family that created jewellery. Young Carl, trained in Russia and Germany, was in the right place and the right time. When he took over the family bus­in­ess, he created a firm that became closely linked to the romance, glamour and tragedy of the Romanovs. Romanov Tercentenary Egg,made…

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Pieter Brueghel the YoungerPeasant Wedding Dance, 1623Private collection, WikiStrasbourg’s Dancing Plague of 1518 was not the first. Previous dancing plagues had inv­olved people who were in towns and cit­ies close to the River Rhine, along with the merch­ants, pilgrims and soldiers who plied its waters.A] In the 1020s in Bern­burg in Saxony, a group of peasants started…

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Many thanks to "Rapid Relief by Rail",  History of Medicine, 2021. Trains had already been used in the C19th and early C20th, in the Crimean War, American Civil War and Boer War. But railways weren’t fully utilised until the first truly industrial war, WW1.Even before WW1, the British government was secretly prepar­ing for battle. By 1912…

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storming the Omaha courthouseIn the U.S, the Red Summer reign of racial terror arrived post-WWI. With an econ­om­ic re­ces­sion and the rising of the New Negro, det­ermined Bl­acks would no longer tolerate oppression. Ex-service­men who’d so re­c­ent­ly fought for democracy in Europe returned home ex­pect­ing U.S’s constitutional promise of equality. Yet during Red Sum­mer, White mobs attacked…

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From the 1820s on, rapid development in NSW's Hunter region saw the growth of trade and commerce on the Hunter River. This development also in­c­reas­ed the population in Morpeth, 37 ks north of Newcastle, a very busy port on the Hunter River. Mor­peth was the stop-off point for settlers heading into the interior and the embarkation point…

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The difference between deserving & undeserving families in Britain was est­ab­lished in the Poor Law 1834. The deserving poor were hard workers who were struggling through no fault of their own. So they des­er­ved state help. The undeserving poor were lazy and not try­ing hard enough to relieve their own hardship, so didn’t deserve help. Parliament­ar­ians…

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Welcome to the History of Domestic Violence and Abuse Seminar on Zoom, 14 June 2021, organized by Juliana Dresvina & Anu Lahtinen, University of Oxford & University of Helsinki. Since January 2021, Lahtinen & Dresvina have been organizing online seminars on the long history of domestic violence and abuse. For more information about the following…

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Welcome to the History of Domestic Violence and Abuse Seminar on Zoom, 13 May 2021, organized by Juliana Dresvina & Anu Lahtinen, University of Oxford & University of Helsinki. We study and discuss the long history of domestic violence and abuse. ——————————————————————————————————————– History of Domestic Violence and Abuse Seminar on Zoom, 13 May 2021, 10am…

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Guest post by Laurentius Alvin Laurentis Alvin is a Master’s student at Bonn University in Germany (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität). They hold a BA in history of art and musicology. Their academic […]

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One of the reasons why I like speculative archaeology, or hypothetical archaeologies created in the future of our present, is that is allows us to look at current issues from a different perspective. In particular, I enjoy speculating on how specific iconography and design choices might be interpreted – for many of us, one of…

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