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Why History Matters for Democracy

John Keane

Why History? Reports of the coming death of democracy may be greatly exaggerated, but most thinkers of democracy are well aware of the mounting global evidence that bright hopes for its future are currently fading. Observers are pinning the

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Bringing (inter)national history into ‘Introduction to International Relations’

Andrew A. Szarejko

vary. 1 It is relatively common, however, for introductory IR courses to include a segment on international history. After early sessions that familiarise students with basic concepts and perspectives on IR, there are often multiple class sessions that

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Telling the Story of History with Henry Rousso and Ivan Jablonka

Situating the Present to Write the Past

Nathan Bracher

history, as a process of knowing and understanding the world, is not a gratuitous, disinterested activity located outside the time of the person writing…. The historian thinks himself into the history, and the two become contemporary. Henry Rousso

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Redeveloping history in postsocialist Poland

Jaro Stacul

World War II, particularly after the expulsion of non-Polish elements and the removal of the legacies of ethnic minorities from national history ( Mach 2007: 63–65 ). Before Law and Justice imposed its own nationalistic interpretation of history, many

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A clash of histories

Encounters of migrant and non-migrant laborers in the Canadian automobile parts industry

Belinda Leach

This article considers the confrontations between immigrant and non-immigrant workers in the workplace and the implications of these confrontations for workplace unity and class formation. Contributing to scholarship at the intersection of history, class, and migration, the article argues that workers bring to work histories that are constructed as oppositional. The roots of these oppositions lie in shared but different histories of dispossession and migration, masked by dominant cultural and class narratives, which privilege non-immigrant histories that are class-based, masculinist, and nationalist, and subordinate those of immigrants. In the process, neo-liberal agendas are bolstered. Questions of how such processes take place are important for understanding class formation within societies with large immigrant populations.

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When Environmental History Goes Public in China

Na Li

Introduction Environmental history in China originates from its older sibling disciplines, such as historical geography, archeology, agroecology, agroforestry, and history. The field has gradually gathered a small community of scholars since

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(Post-)colonial Myths in German History Textbooks, 1989–2015

Florian Helfer

strongly influenced how history textbooks approach the topic. This article presents a case study of two textbook series between 1989 and 2015 in the context of the North Rhine-Westphalian history curriculum. The past three decades are especially

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The Mining of History, Cognitive Disorder and Spiritualism in Olivia Plender’s A Stellar Key to the Summerland

Dan Smith

Olivia Plender has built a gallery-based practice that explores history, often through an archival mining of social and esoteric beliefs that disturb contemporary expectations. This approach is one of illuminating alternative formations and beliefs

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The European Conceptual History Project (ECHP)

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After a complex integration process which has taken more than half a century, most Europeans—and non-Europeans—no longer identify Europe with simply an economic common market; yet the final political status of the European Union is still an open question. In general, Europe is usually regarded as the birthplace of a set of values claiming universal validity and serving as the basic political reference for citizens and institutions throughout the world. The emergence and spread of such significant concepts as civilization, democracy, liberalism, parliamentarism, (human) rights, or tolerance, for example, are generally associated with modern European history.

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Dolling Up History

Fictions of Jewish American Girlhood

Lisa Marcus

The launching of a Jewish American Girl doll in 2009 provides an occasion for exploring the fictions of Jewish American girlhood constructed and consumed in the twenty-first century. Though the Rebecca Rubin doll seemed to herald a progressive version of Jewish American girlhood, Rebecca and the box-set of books that accompany her repackage a nostalgic and triumphalist narrative in which America figures as a benevolent sanctuary and the Holocaust, American anti-Semitism, and the costs of assimilation are elided and smoothed away. This is a narrative we've seen before—most notably in the importing and Americanizing of Anne Frank as an icon of Jewish girlhood, and in Sydney Taylor's beloved All Of A Kind Family series of children's books. These dolled-up versions of history stand in stark contrast to the darker, more complex visions of childhood and history seen in the work of Adrienne Rich, which reminds us to be wary of buying into such nostalgic icons of girlhood.