Welshness and Britishness: The Case of Richard Llewellyn

Dr Wendy Ugolini is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests focus on the relationship between war and identity in the twentieth century. Her first monograph, ‘Experiencing War as the “Enemy Other”: Italian Scottish Experience in World War II’ (Manchester University Press, 2011), was awarded the Royal Historical Society’s Gladstone Prize.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she discusses the dual Welsh and British identity she explores in her recent article for Cultural and Social History: ‘The “Welsh” Pimpernel: Richard Llewellyn and the Search for Authenticity in Second World War Britain’.

The German Governess and the English Novel

Dr Susan Bayley holds a PhD from McGill University, Montreal and a PGCE from the University of Keele. She taught in the Faculty of Education at McGill and until retirement in 2009 in the Humanities Department at Dawson College, Montreal. Her special interest is the history of modern language teaching in nineteenth- and twentieth-century England. Her forthcoming article in Literature and History focuses on fictional images of German governesses in Edwardian popular culture.  

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she explains how her latest article fits into her wider research on the history and literary representations of governesses. She is the author of ‘Votary, Vixen and Vulgarian: German governesses and English Domesticity in Novels by Charlotte Yonge, Charlotte Brontë and Mary Braddon’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 5 (2018), pp. 643-661.

Social Mobility Behind the Library Desk

Dr Michelle Johansen is Interpretation Manager at the Bishopsgate Foundation in London and the author of ‘‘The Supposed Paradise of Pen and Ink’: Self-education and Social Mobility in the London Public Library (1880–1930)’, Cultural and Social History, published online on 5 February 2019.

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she prompts us to think about the upward social mobility offered historically by embarking on a career as a librarian and to question where librarians fit in histories of ‘us’ and ‘them’.

Reading for Masculinity in Iranian Primary Sources

Dr Sivan Balslev is Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in the social, cultural, and gender history of modern Iran and has published two Hebrew translations of poet Forough Farrokhzad’s books, ‘Another Birth’ and ‘Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season’. 

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she gives a taste of the range of sources she used to seek out largely unspoken attitudes and practices that made up the history of Iranian masculinity for her doctoral research and her new book ‘Iranian Masculinities: Gender and Sexuality in Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Iran’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

A Window on Architectural Glass

Dr Daniel Jütte is Associate Professor at New York University and the author of ‘The Age of Secrecy: Jews, Christians, and the Economy of Secrets, 1400-1800’ (Yale University Press, 2015) and ‘The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History’ (Yale University Press, 2015). He is currently working on a history of transparency from antiquity to modern times.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he explains how the introduction of glass windows was bound up with broader social and cultural changes in early modern Europe, which he discusses further in his recent article ‘Comfort, Class and Climate Change: The Rise of Glass in Late Medieval and Early Modern Domestic Architecture’, Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 5 (2018), pp. 621-641.

War and Childhood

Dr Mischa Honeck and Dr James Marten are co-editors of ‘War and Childhood in the Era of the Two World Wars’, an new edited volume published by Cambridge University Press. In their contribution to the Research Exchange, they reflect on the young lives and uncomfortable realities featured in this collection, which complicates the standard equation of childhood and victimhood in times of war.

Dr Mischa Honeck teaches US and transatlantic history at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.  He was a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, and is the author of Our Frontier Is the World: The Boy Scouts in the Age of American Ascendancy (Cornell University Press, 2018).

Dr James Marten is Chair of History at Marquette University, Wisconsin, and a leading authority in both the history of the US Civil War and the history of childhood, whose books include ‘The Children’s Civil War’ (University of North Carolina Press, 1998).

Preserving the Country Heart of England

Dr Amy Palmer is Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Roehampton. She is a former school teacher whose research interests lie in children’s literature and policy development in the history of early years education, including her doctoral research on ‘Nursery schools or nursery classes? An analysis of national and local policy in England 1918-1972’. She has published in the journals History of Education and Paedagogica Historica. 

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, Dr Pamer reflects on how she came to research the Peasant Arts Movement in her latest journal article ‘Radical Conservatism and International Nationalism: The Peasant Arts Movement and Its Search for the Country Heart of England’ in Cultural and Social History, vol. 15, no. 5 (2018), pp. 663-680.

Empires of the Mind

Robert Gildea is Professor of Modern History at Worcester College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books on everyday life and resistance, collective memory and political culture in French history, including ‘Marianne in Chains: In Search of the German Occupation, 1940-45’ (Macmillan, 2002),  ‘Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914’ (Allen Lane, 2008) and ‘Fighters in the Shadows: A New History of the French Resistance’ (Harvard University Press, 2015).

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on how his new book, ‘Empires of the Mind: The Colonial Past and the Politics of the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2019)’, came to be compaison between the legacies and politics of the colonial past in France and Britain.

Black Sailors and Legal History from the Bottom Up

Dr Michael A. Schoeppner is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maine, Farmington. His research explores how the lived experience of race intersected with and informed legal culture and constitutional change in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he reflects on the writing of his new book, ‘Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which was awarded the 2017 Hines Prize by the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World program at the College of Charleston.

Punk Rock, Provincial Pride and the History of Local Journalism

Dr Andrew Hobbs is a senior lecturer in international journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, interested in provincial print culture of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is currently working on a scholarly edition of the only known diaries of a provincial 19th-century journalist, Anthony Hewitson (1836-1912). Follow @HewitsonDiaries for daily extracts from the diaries.

In his contribution to the Research Exchange, he explains the emotions and experiences behind his new open-access book, ‘A Fleet Street in Every Town: The Provincial Press in England, 1855-1900’ (Open Book, 2018).