New Issue TOC: French Politics, Culture & Society (Vol. 8, Issue 2)

The articles in this issue of French Politics, Culture & Society range from social distances and class hierarchies during the First World War to an examination of how “memory activists”—and particularly new anti-racist groups—mobilized the memory of slavery to address issues of community identity and resistance within the context of twenty-first-century republican

Papers of President Woodrow Wilson Now Online

 The Papers of President Woodrow Wilson online " consist of approximately 280,000 documents, comprising approximately 620,000 images, most of which were digitized from 540 reels of previously produced microfilm." Included are "personal, family, and official correspondence, White House executive office files, drafts and proofs of books, articles, speeches, academic lectures, scrapbooks, shorthand notes, and memorabilia dating from 1786 to 1957 with the bulk of material falling in the period between 1876 and 1924."

CFP 'Monarchy and Modernity, 1500-1945', University of Cambridge, 8-9 January 2019

The conference announced on the cfp below was originally designed for Europeanists, but was opened up to all world areas following multiple requests by non-Europeanists to participate. The cfp has therefore been revised and the deadline extended to August 15, 2018. Applications from anthropologists, legal scholars and political scientists are especially welcome.

Re: A revisionist look at those who died at Jutland

There was indeed a coverup. Senior naval officers at the Admiralty had long been aware of the unsafe ammunition handling procedures coupled with the expressed desire of senior flag officers in the Grand Fleet to maximize the rate of fire early in an engagement. A damning report was issued after the battle by the Third Sea Lord, in charge of naval material. The strident protest by Admirals Jellicoe and Beatty kept the report from receiving wide circulation, and when Jellicoe came to the Admiralty as First Sea Lord in December 1916 he thoroughly suppressed the report.

Re: A revisionist look at those who died at Jutland

I decided to take a look at the materials posted. The problem with how the lesson plan is structured is that it poses only two options: that those British sailors killed in the sinking of the battlecruisers either were noble dead who died heroes, or their deaths were senseless due to serious mistakes (in this case, the careless handling procedures for cordite charges which made the ships' magazines vulnerable to flash penetration). There is no room for grey areas betwen the two. Furthermore, it does not make some of the men complicit in their own deaths by engaging in unsafe practices.

A revisionist look at those who died at Jutland

The National Archives of the UK recently published a "classroom resource" for students on the Battle of Jutland, May 31 1916.

It is a remarkbly revisionist take on this battle, concentrating on the waste of the lives of the thousands of British sailors lost ...


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