Category Archives: Blog

  1. Adjustments: Learning and Teaching in Lockdown

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    June 28, 2021 by Andrew W M Smith

    I recently wrote up a blog post about my experiences adapting to the pandemic, with some reflections on my own …
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  2. Postcards of the Past: Gilets Jaunes on Trial

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    March 23, 2021 by Andrew W M Smith

    The opening of the trial against people accused of damaging the Arc de Triomphe during Gilets Jaunes protests represents an …
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  3. “A Greater and Better Humanity”: Memory and trails of De Gaulle

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    March 12, 2021 by Andrew W M Smith

    New York Welcomes De Gaulle

    Like most cities, New York is awash with memorials which speak of civic, national and international memories of past conflicts. …
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  4. Qonspiracy

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    February 22, 2021 by Andrew W M Smith

    Qonspiracy These might be the interesting times that people warned us about… I was approached by a journalist to talk …
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  5. COVID-19 and Macron’s “Society of Free Individuals”

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    October 16, 2020 by Andrew W M Smith

    One of the things I enjoy about teaching Contemporary History and Politics is the sense of a subject in motion. …
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  6. Thinking through change, thinking through empire

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    June 15, 2020 by Andrew W M Smith

    Whatever else happens, the sense of change swirling around the world at the moment is palpable. We do, as they …
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  7. Message in a Bottle

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    April 2, 2020 by Andrew W M Smith

    My daughter's drawing of me

    I wrote a blog about my experience of trying to ‘do history’ under lockdown (with a little help from a …
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  8. Apples and Sestertii: Shifting Symbols of Chirac

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    September 27, 2019 by Andrew W M Smith

    The slick Caius Preposterous knew how to turn a deal. He also knew the way to political power. How to …
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  9. Le Chant des Partisans: 75 years since a song took flight

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    July 24, 2018 by Andrew W M Smith

    When Andre Malraux eulogised Jean Moulin and the ‘army of shadows’ on the steps of the Panthéon in December 1964, …
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