Category Archives: European History

Movie Review: “Swedes and Scots and Sadists…Oh My”

This past weekend I watched two movies that were seemingly more different than any two movies could be. They did have things in common though. Both films were intriguing and entertaining in their own way and at their heart is a similar theme: reclaiming and uncovering the “true” past.

Book Review: Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout

Teresa Iacobelli presents a thoughtful review of Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout.

Historians and Global Warming

      18 Comments on Historians and Global Warming

As part of a small but growing number of environmental historians exploring the relationship between climatic changes and human affairs, Dagomar Degroot discusses how he is drawn into modern debates about global warming whether he likes it or not.

2012 Olympic Park: Remediating the Environmental and Social Conditions

Will the 2012 Olympics force the poorer people living in the Lower Lea Valley to relocate as the environmental conditions improve.

Performing History, Class and Gender in Billy Elliot: The Musical

Billy Elliot: The Musical’s overarching historical context – the British mining strike of 1984-1985 – serves as the backdrop to examine issues of class and gender through the story of a struggling community and one very talented boy. Yet what happens to those who lacked the opportunity to leave town like Billy?

Canadian petition to save the Historical Archives of Hungarian State Security

Please sign the petition to save the Historical Archives of Hungarian State Security.

The Revolution Will Be Rubbernecked

      No Comments on The Revolution Will Be Rubbernecked

While the recent protest movements in the Middle East reveal much about the present state of civic community among the people of those nations — Iran, Tunisia, and Egypt (and a growing list of others) — our reaction to them reveals more about ourselves than we should perhaps find flattering.

Watching History Online

      1 Comment on Watching History Online

I have just completed a dissertation on the history of the Lower River Lea and West Ham on the eastern edge of London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During years of research and writing I’ve looked at a wide range of sources from this time period including government documents, newspapers, photographs, maps, oral history interviews, civil engineer’s… Read more »

Announcing the Mississauga Library System Speakers’ Series

In this post, we announce an upcoming speakers’ series in March, April, and May 2011 at the Mississauga Library System.