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The making of ‘Mrs Pace’
John Carter Wood

ambiguous position on the eve of her trial. She not only faced a capital charge but, since Harry’s death, had endured grinding poverty, hostile gossip, a police investigation, an extended coroner’s inquest and weeks in prison. Three legal proceedings (the inquest, magistrates’ court and grand jury) suggested she had committed a cruel, premeditated killing. Even with a largely circumstantial case, the prosecution appeared confident. On the other hand, she had attracted competent and influential supporters. Journalists were writing sympathetic stories about her, and her

in ‘The most remarkable woman in England’
Suriname and the Netherlands, 1863– 1890
Stephen Snelders

Indies, with much less direct Dutch control over the population, the hereditarian view of leprosy was embraced. However, in the Dutch West Indies, the international shift in medical thought towards a hereditarian rather than a contagionist view of leprosy did not affect the principle of segregation. The discussions show that developments in Suriname remained autonomous and were not directed from the Netherlands. New migrant labour The population of Suriname increased from almost 53,000 on the eve of the emancipation to almost 69,000 in 1898, of which only 833 were

in Leprosy and colonialism
David W. Gutzke

.49 Several traits pre-eminently defined female attitudes to and consumption of alcohol. The war had not altered the large numbers of females who disliked pubs. Women who drank but not in pubs made home drinking ‘more proportionately popular among women than pub drinking’, Mass-Observation remarked in its 1947–8 report.50 Two postwar public opinion surveys recorded high levels – well over one-third – of women who avoided pubs altogether, the latter figure being the same as a Gallup Poll taken on the eve of the war.51 Non-pub-going in fact became an inveterate trait

in Women drinking out in Britain since the early twentieth century
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Scott Wilson

, or giving an example of what passes for irony in neoconservative circles. No doubt the mere fact that such struggle only persists in street gangs among drug dealers is evidence of the debasement of the principle. And yet, on the eve of the neoconservative war against Iraq, Admiral Timothy Keating evoked an old mainstream hip hop hit as his battle cry. ‘It’s Hammer time!’ announced Keating to the world’s media in March 2003. Keating’s triumphal citation of M.C. Hammer’s catch-line to the rap ‘Hammer Time (U Can’t Touch This)’ (1990), recalled the previous Gulf War

in Great Satan’s rage
Carl Lavery

insecurities about France’s ‘racial identity’ on the eve of decolonisation – a moment when the country was faced with the prospect of increased numbers of immigrant workers entering the métropole from the ex-colonies. I do this by arguing that The Blacks uses the heterotopic aspects of theatre to contest the exclusionary tactics adopted by the French State in its perverse and impossible attempt to keep France white. In keeping with the utopianism that Genet accords the artwork, I explain how the wound inflicted upon whiteness by The Blacks offers the possibility for a

in The politics of Jean Genet’s late theatre
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Jeffrey Richards

his career ran curiously parallel to that of the Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Both men enjoyed the confidence and affection of the Queen. Both made their names and their fortunes by their artistic talents. Both appealed to the middle-class sensibilities of the age. Their work also overlaps at significant points. Sullivan set several Tennyson verses as songs: St Agnes Eve, O, Swallow

in Imperialism and music
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Lorena De Vita

doubt about the stable and renewed character of the West German state. On the night of Christmas Eve 1959, the external walls of the synagogue in Cologne were smeared in red painted swastikas and anti-Semitic invective. In the weeks that followed, a multitude of anti-Semitic episodes – over 800 in seven weeks – occurred across the Federal Republic. The reaction to such numerous incidents, as described by the journalist Walter Hirsch, highlighted what at the time seemed to be the most disturbing elements of the wave of anti-Semitic events: We were told – and by

in Israelpolitik
Simon Malpas and Andrew Taylor

perspective, he assures Dixon, ‘one can apprehend all at once the entire plexity of possible journeys’ (MD 505). As we will argue with regard to Against the Day, Pynchon’s writing is preoccupied with interrogating the impulse to imagine alternative possibilities of spatial and temporal existence, in opposition to those forces organising the social and political realm. Writing of colonial America on the eve of its reconstitution into the United States, Mason & Dixon presents a moment of transition in which the New World’s exceptionalism is tested and, at times tragically

in Thomas Pynchon
Neil Macmaster

segregation, bridal virginity and repudiation settlement (idda).43 This system of patriarchal control, in which all key decisions and power lay with the men of the kin group, inevitably determined the radical subordination of women. The key features of Algerian marriage law and custom on the eve of the 1959 French reform meant that young single women, or even pre-pubescent girls, would have a marriage arranged for them by the father or legal guardian (right of jebr).44 Although in reality the married woman might accrue significant authority and power within the private

in Burning the veil
Ranavalona III, 1897
Robert Aldrich

Great problems faced Ranavalona and her prime minister: a large government debt, decline in law and order, increasing demands from foreigners for commercial and extra-territorial privileges, lack of up-to-date weaponry for the army, and territorial disputes between Merina and other ethnic groups. For the French colonial historian Marc Michel, ‘on the eve of French intervention, both the Malagasy society

in Banished potentates