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Glaciers in the Anthropocene

A Biocultural View

Daniel Gaudio and Mauro Gobbi

Disappearing glaciers are one of the most evident signals of climate change of the current period in Earth’s history, the Anthropocene. In this article, we discuss the side effects of the glacier melt from a biocultural standpoint, moving from the Southern European Alps to a global context. Specifically, we highlight what we are losing from a cultural and naturalistic perspective but also, paradoxically, what we could “gain” if we were able to understand more deeply, and with an interdisciplinary approach, glacial dynamics and their role for human society. Glaciers can teach us several stories, but we are quickly approaching the last chance to listen to them.

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Christophe Charle

Thanks to a comparison of social and educational characteristics of elites in France, Germany and UK at the end of the nineteenth century, this contribution shows the specificities of the French case: a mixture of persistent traditional elites, akin to British and German ones, and the growing domination of a more recent economic and meritocratic bourgeoisie pushing for liberalism and democracy. Nevertheless, evolutions in the same direction as France are also perceptible in the two monarchies and give birth to a new divergence when after WWI the democratization of elites go faster in UK and Germany than in France where the law bourgeoisie remain dominant and blocks the reforms asked by more popular or petit bourgeois groups present in the political parties on the left.

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“Till I Have Done All That I Can”

An Auxiliary Nurse’s Memories of World War I

Michelle Moravec

gave the scrapbook that covers her work with the Comité the title “French WWI Scrapbook,” and hereafter I refer to it by that title. I have used the image number of the digitized scrapbook pages as unique identifiers, since the album was given a single

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‘William Le Queux, Master of Misinformation’

Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

's work is particularly notable for its consistent blurring of the line between fact and fiction and its prominence in transmitting exaggerated fears about British national security before, during and after the First World War (WWI). The epigraphs selected

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Shakespeare's Clarence

The Medieval Shell-Shocked Soldier

Linhan Gan

. Although initially adopted to define the phenomenon of a soldier suffering from some nerve injuries caused by being physically exposed to exploding shells in WWI, the idea of shell-shock contains in itself a scope of applicability that is far wider than the

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‘Rates of Exchange’ Rather than Intellectual Exchanges

An Unknown Correspondence between Marcel Mauss and Victor Branford (1923–24) about the Franco-British Relationship in Interwar Sociology

Baudry Rocquin

1924 is still inadequately understood. There is a need for a fresh perspective not only on the scheme used to resuscitate the journal but also, more generally, on post-WWI French sociology and on the relationship between France and Britain in the field

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Marrying into the Nation

Immigrant Bachelors, French Bureaucrats, and the Conjugal Politics of Naturalization in the Third Republic

Nimisha Barton

naturalized men were consistently quite high, hovering around 75 percent from 1889 onward, and spiking in 1908–1909 to nearly 80 percent. By the immediate post-WWI years (1919–1922), we see a marked peak in conjugality among naturalizing foreign men, as nearly

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The International Circulation and Impact of Invasion Fiction

Case Study of William Le Queux's The Invasion of 1910 – ‘Not an ordinary “pot-boiler”’

Ailise Bulfin

successful spy fiction that he wrote, Le Queux can be considered the quintessential invasion and spy scare author of the immediate pre-World War I (WWI) period. Of this body of work, The Invasion of 1910 , which imagined (in great detail) the ‘efficient

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Where to from Here?

Emerging Conversations on Girls’ Literature and Girlhood

Dawn Sardella-Ayres and Ashley N. Reese

” (2007: 327). However, heroines in girls’ literature in Canada and the United States are rarely, if ever, afforded this option. Jennifer Redmann notes that although WWI girls’ books may include “glimpses of alternative possibilities” to motherhood, these

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Shakespeare and War

Honour at the Stake

Patrick Gray

come unglued, than it is to a shifting, multipolar balance of powers such as seems to be emerging at the moment, still less a ‘hot’ or ‘shooting’ war with an uncertain outcome, such as we saw in WWI and WWII, and now again in places such as Iraq