Tag Archives: britain

  1. Resistance by Moonlight

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    April 6, 2018 by Andrew W M Smith

    There’s always a slightly awkward moment when you talk to a room full of history enthusiasts about your favourite item …
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  2. A gown for all ages: landscapes, objects, and family in a global context

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    November 20, 2016 by Andrew W M Smith

    On October the 16th, we christened my daughter Penelope. Having family and friends come along for the service, next to …
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  3. Strength to Remain

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    June 22, 2016 by Andrew W M Smith

    Let’s not retreat into the nostalgic past, nor forfeit our influence. Let’s not surrender to fear & doubt. Let’s strive …
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  4. Guarding the Limits: Voices & Memory in an Age of Narrative

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    March 16, 2016 by Andrew W M Smith

    Historians aren’t meant to see the future, though sometimes it feels like we’re expected to. We all know the adage …
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  5. Encounters with History – Institut Français, 9th November 2015

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    November 10, 2015 by Andrew W M Smith

    Many key debates in the United Kingdom centre on the role of historians in society. In assessment exercises, we are …
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  6. Myths, Battle & Rail: Two Stories About Waterloo Station

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    June 16, 2015 by Andrew W M Smith

    UPDATE: Here’s a video of me talking to The Independent about Waterloo and its contemporary importance On the 200th anniversary of …
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  7. Echo Chambers and Exit Polls

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    May 8, 2015 by Andrew W M Smith

    I’m still stumped, I suppose. It’s tough for me to get my head round what happened, and so I’m writing …
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  8. Tale of Two Cities: Memory, Identity, Maps

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    April 9, 2015 by Andrew W M Smith

    Memory is a rich and powerful intoxicant. It can be as seductively misleading as it can be corrective. By invoking …
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  9. Pseudo-Padres Hiding in the Lavatory: An RAF Escape Exercise, 1943

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    February 16, 2015 by Andrew W M Smith

    Continuing in the series of comical findings from the archives, I thought I’d relate details of an RAF Escape Exercise …
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  10. ‘The World is too much with us’: Scotland & Britain After the Referendum

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    September 22, 2014 by Andrew W M Smith

    The principal figures that emerged from the debate with their reputations enriched were not callous youths, but wizened campaigners. Salmond …
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