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The political is personal: an analysis of crowd-sourced political ideas and images from a Massive Open Online Course (2019)
Journal Article
Humphrey, M., Umbach, M., & Clulow, Z. (2019). The political is personal: an analysis of crowd-sourced political ideas and images from a Massive Open Online Course. Journal of Political Ideologies, 24(2), 121-138 . doi:10.1080/13569317.2019.1589958

The analysis of ideology at the vernacular level requires access to peer-to-peer political discussions amongst non-specialists. It is in these discursive exchanges that political views are articulated, refined, and revised. Such exchanges are, howeve... Read More

“An ethnic presence in the White House?” Ethnicity, identity politics, and the presidency in the 1970s (2019)
Journal Article
Merton, J. (in press). “An ethnic presence in the White House?” Ethnicity, identity politics, and the presidency in the 1970s. Presidential Studies Quarterly,

This paper excavates the relationship between the presidency and an emergent white, European ‘ethnic’ identity politics during the 1970s. Rather than a response to cultural drift or backlash politics, presidential efforts to harness ‘ethnic’ identity... Read More

Science, medicine and the creation of a ‘healthy’ Soviet cinema (2019)
Journal Article
Toropova, A. (2019). Science, medicine and the creation of a ‘healthy’ Soviet cinema. Journal of Contemporary History, doi:10.1177/0022009418820111

Cinema had long been hailed by Bolshevik party leaders as a crucial ally of the Soviet mass enlightenment project. By the mid-1920s, however, Soviet psychologists, educators and practitioners of ‘child science’ (pedology) were pointing to the grave e... Read More

Kinship, property relations, and the survival of double monasteries in the Eastern Church (2019)
Journal Article
Sharipova, L. (in press). Kinship, property relations, and the survival of double monasteries in the Eastern Church. Historical Journal,

The article examines the enduring phenomenon of double monasticism, the type of religious organisation, whereby a single monastic unit combined a male and a female communities that followed the same rule, recognised the authority of the same superior... Read More

Crossing the River Magra in the “land of broken bridges”: risk in early nineteenth-century travel narratives (2019)
Journal Article
Balzaretti, R. (2019). Crossing the River Magra in the “land of broken bridges”: risk in early nineteenth-century travel narratives. Journal of Risk Research, doi:10.1080/13669877.2019.1569101

On the 25 October 2011 the River Magra in the far east of the Italian region of Liguria flooded with catastrophic effects, killing thirteen people and causing millions of euros in damage. Managing such an extreme episode is very hard, as local policy... Read More

'That rather sinful city of London': the coal miner, the city and the country in the British cultural imagination c. 1969-2014 (2019)
Journal Article
Arnold, J. (in press). 'That rather sinful city of London': the coal miner, the city and the country in the British cultural imagination c. 1969-2014. Urban History,

The article proceeds from the observation that in the contemporary British cultural imagination, the figure of the coal miner tends to be presented as the embodiment of anti-urban and organicist qualities that in continental Europe are more commonly... Read More

Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story (2019)
Book
Umbach, M., & Sulzener, S. (in press). Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-00784-3

Between the 1933 Nazi seizure of power and their 1941 prohibition on all Jewish emigration, around 90,000 German Jews moved to the United States. Using the texts and images from a personal archive, this book explores how these refugees made sense of... Read More

The general court of the Agenais revisited: an innovation of the Albigensian Crusade (2018)
Journal Article
Taylor, C. (2018). The general court of the Agenais revisited: an innovation of the Albigensian Crusade. Nottingham Medieval Studies, 62, 61-82. doi:10.1484/J.NMS.5.116550

The general court of the Agenais is an example of the diverse forms of semi-autonomous regional assemblies which emerged in the high-medieval Languedoc. They were identified and examined most convincingly by Thomas Bisson. However, the origins of the... Read More

Emotions and the British government’s decision for war in 1914 (2018)
Journal Article
Young, J. W. (2018). Emotions and the British government’s decision for war in 1914. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 29(4), 543-564. doi:10.1080/09592296.2018.1528778

Recent years have witnessed increasing interest among international historians in the impact of emotions on foreign policy decisions, as part of a broader movement usually known as the ‘emotional turn.’ This is associated with findings, from the fiel... Read More

"The Penguins are coming": brand mascots and utopian mass consumption in interwar Britain (2018)
Journal Article
Hornsey, R. (2018). "The Penguins are coming": brand mascots and utopian mass consumption in interwar Britain. Journal of British Studies, 57(4), 812-839. doi:10.1017/jbr.2018.116

This article explores the cultural dynamics of branding and mass consumption in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. It focuses on Penguin Books’ cartoon mascot, which appeared on all of the firm's paperback covers and in-store promotional material fr... Read More

‘...but have you read this?’: dialogicity in Robert Thornton’sHoly name devotions (2018)
Journal Article
Lutton, R. (2018). ‘...but have you read this?’: dialogicity in Robert Thornton’sHoly name devotions. English, 67(257), doi:10.1093/english/efy021

This article examines a particular set of texts in an early fifteenth-century religious anthology composed by the Yorkshire gentleman Robert Thornton. Together with other religious prose and verse, Thornton copied a number of Middle English and Latin... Read More

The Pentrich Rebellion – a Nottingham affair? (2018)
Journal Article
Gaunt, R. A. (2018). The Pentrich Rebellion – a Nottingham affair?. Midland History, 43(2), 208-228. doi:10.1080/0047729X.2018.1522464

This article re-considers Nottingham’s role in the events immediately preceding the Pentrich Rebellion of 9-10 June 1817, as well as its reaction on the night of the Rebellion and during its aftermath. It does so in light of two continuing areas of h... Read More

Art and landscape history: British artists in nineteenth-century Val d’Aosta (NW Italy) (2018)
Journal Article
Piana, P., Watkins, C., & Balzaretti, R. (2018). Art and landscape history: British artists in nineteenth-century Val d’Aosta (NW Italy). Landscape History, 39(2), 91-108. doi:10.1080/01433768.2018.1534460

This paper explores the value of landscape and topographical art for understanding contemporary landscapes of the Val d’Aosta, NW Italy. The region became very popular with British tourists in the early nineteenth-century and several amateur and prof... Read More