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manufacture of a national consciousness, or to strain ourselves … to create a ‘nationalism’ out of the broken fragments of tradition, out of the ruins of a tragic past … Our history is here and active, giving meaning to the present. Herbert Butterfield, The Englishman and His History , 1944

in History, heritage, and colonialism
Nursing older people in British hospitals, 1945–80

-driven culture may be a recent phenomenon, poor leadership, especially in the care of older people is not. Both Mark Hayter and I  have warned of the dangers of ‘knee-jerk’ reactions to the report.3 An exploration of the history of older adult care in the United Kingdom can illuminate some of the presenting challenges in caring for this vulnerable group of patients. While the Mid-Staffordshire inquiry was not specifically about the care of older patients, by raising the spectre of poor care among other populations 82 A poverty of leadership of patients, the lack of interest

in Histories of nursing practice
Nurses and ECT in Dutch psychiatry, 1940–2010

6 Beyond the cuckoo’s nest: Nurses and ECT in Dutch psychiatry, 1940–2010 Geertje Boschma1 Introduction This chapter analyses the history of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) from the point of view of nurses in the context of Dutch psychiatry from 1940 to 2010. After a period of dwindling use and much controversy over ECT in the late 1970s and 1980s, its application has increased again in the Netherlands over the last twenty-five years. During this time the general hospital gradually became the dominant environment for ECT whilst nursing obtained a central and

in Histories of nursing practice
Legal history and the recognition of Aboriginal customary law

understandings of legal history. Courts have recently affirmed that the law of Aboriginal rights is, and was, an ‘intersocietal law’, embracing norms derived from both native and settler systems, and from the customary practices that regulated their early relationships. 1 Present legal constructions of the initial contact between the common law and Aboriginal customary law must

in Law, history, colonialism

As noted in the Introduction, the Norman Conquest was Freeman’s magnum-opus – a work which absorbed his interest for over thirty years, and on which his contemporary and posthumous reputation has rested. While scholarly interest in the Norman Conquest is intensifying, the tendency is still to dissect, rather than to thoroughly examine, these volumes. What is needed is a more holistic approach. As Bratchel observed, fifty years ago, ‘Freeman’s five volume History … might almost be regarded as being as instructive for the student of the nineteenth as for

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• 2 • Film and history The peculiarity of historical films is that they are defined according to a discipline that is completely outside the cinema.1 When thinking about film as a source, one of the key questions which emerges is the film’s relationship to the past it represents and how films operate as historical objects. The relationship between film and the historical past is a curious one and so this chapter will explore a number of different approaches available to the researcher to better understand this relationship. Firstly, this chapter will briefly

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The social and the sexual in interwar Britain

Doan’s recent work, particularly the challenging reading of historiographies of sexuality developed in her Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War. Doan’s starting point is Lee Edelman’s claim that ‘Queerness can never define an identity: it can only disturb one’. Building on this proposition, she foregrounds the analytic distinction between ‘queerness-­as-­ being’ and ‘queerness-­as-­method’ to sketch out the possibilities of a ‘critical queer history of sexuality’ in reorienting our understanding of past subjectivities and

in British queer history
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Considering the place of history and heritage in early twentieth-century Australia and Canada alongside that of New Zealand, a number of things become clear. First is the ubiquity of colonial concern with ‘history making’, and in particular the perceived didactic power of the past in the preservation and maintenance of ‘values’ – values that were typically construed within

in History, heritage, and colonialism
History, myth, and the New Zealand Wars

free-floating national memory, political and cultural variables rendered the New Zealand Wars not ‘forgotten’ but ‘ignored’. James Belich has gone even further, describing Titokowaru’s War – one of the key Taranaki conflicts of the late 1860s – as a buried memory, a ‘dark secret of New Zealand history, forgotten by the Pakeha as a child forgets a nightmare’. 4 Keenan’s comparison between New

in History, heritage, and colonialism
John MacKenzie and the study of imperialism

MacKenzie school’ or ‘MacKenzieites’ rather provocatively, his critique was nevertheless indicative of the stature and respect that John MacKenzie has earned through both the Series and his own impressive, varied and often pioneering scholarship. 2 Yet there is something of an irony in the ascription of such a central position in a ‘school’ of imperial history to a scholar who has often promoted and

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