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Shetland 1800–2000
Author: Lynn Abrams

This book is about the relationship between myth-making and historical materiality. It is a singular case study of the position and experience of women in a 'peripheral' society distanced - geographically, economically and culturally - from the British mainland. The book first looks at women and gender relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through examination of the construction of historical myth. It then looks at economic and demographic factors that underpinned the materiality of women's dominance of culture. An understanding of women's work patterns and experiences is central to any analysis of women's lives in Shetland and the gender relations contingent upon this. Shetland women were autonomous, independent workers whose day-to-day productive experiences implicated them in all sorts of social and economic relationships outside the home. The book argues that women's culture in Shetland actually had only a marginal connection to the islands' dominant economic activity - fishing. It also argues that the negligible figures for children born outside wedlock are a poor guide to understanding the moral order in nineteenth-century Shetland. Like the new visitors to Shetland, the historians of the early twenty-first century would ordinarily reach the same conclusions. They would do so, at root, because the authors are equipped with the same myth system of discourse about what constitutes women's subordination and power. The book seeks to navigate the issue of 'power' by approaching it in terms which the Shetland woman understood in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Four Conversations with Canadian Communications Officers
Dominique Marshall

items that have been part of their lives’. The result, a virtual exhibit of 120 objects around which to tell ‘120 years of the Canadian Red Cross’ ( CRC Digital History Project, n.d. ) showed images – from hospital feeding cups, to scouts badges and field radios – selected and described after a tremendous volunteer effort. In 2017, when IMPACT (then Partnership Africa Canada) went through a reorientation of its mandate, visual and textual historical materials, gathered by an intern of the CNHH supervised by Danielski, helped to reflect on the promises and limits of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
The Visual Politics and Narratives of Red Cross Museums in Europe and the United States, 1920s to 2010s
Sönke Kunkel

their critical reflection and helping to build more sensibility towards the framings they use, the ethics of representation they involve, and the silences they may produce. Museum practitioners, meanwhile, may wish to draw on the historical expertise and research skills that public historians offer them in researching, handling, and presenting meaningful historical materials, particularly where museums are running on a low budget. On a more conceptual level, they may also see value in

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Leonie Hannan and Sarah Longair

interesting historical material culture but they are not places regularly used by researchers. Their collections might include old scientific instruments and teaching models. It is likely you will encounter various ethical issues regarding the material you are allowed to see related to named individuals. The condition of objects and their cataloguing might not be up to the same standards as those you might find in a heritage institution, and the lack of provenance might limit the amount you can gain from studying them. However, this material is relatively under-used by

in History through material culture
Leonie Hannan and Sarah Longair

There are, as we have seen, very many reasons for historians to be interested in the insights that material culture can unlock. However, for objects to yield rewards we must employ tried and tested strategies for examining them. Such established approaches have emerged from distinct disciplines and professional practices, which have their own histories and intellectual concerns. This chapter provides an introduction to the origins of historical material culture studies in terms of both academic research and museum practice, so that we can understand not

in History through material culture
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Folk therapeutics and ‘English’ medicine in Rajasthan
Helen Lambert

This chapter utilises ethnographic and historical material to examine the contemporary character of medical pluralism in rural Rajasthan, north India. The current social organisation of rural therapeutic practice and the conceptual structuring of lay people’s preferences for different forms of treatment offer some clues for an archaeological investigation of the

in Western medicine as contested knowledge
Janice Valls- Russell

/Richard analogies and are evident in the ways Shakespeare revisits the historical material he found in sources such as Holinshed’s Chronicles , reworking setting, sequences and characters for dramatic effects and scenographic considerations. Mirabeau (in the chronicle) becomes Angiers; through stagecraft metonymy, the theatre’s upper gallery and props such as banners and pennants invite the audience to see the

in Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries
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Transporting Chaucer
Helen Barr

devotional irregularity.16 Chaucer’s writing occupies a recognisable place in this blurring of boundaries between historical materiality, scriptural history and contemporary fictions. As in The Book of Margery Kempe, it is hard to separate confections of the author and ‘somebody else’, and it is difficult to tell text from voice. But those confusions are differently inflected from those encountered in Kempe. In Chaucer’s writings, it is Chaucer as author who reads between the lines. Chaucer transports textual versions of his own body in and amongst those other fictional

in Transporting Chaucer
The ruins of memory and Holocaust historiography
Tom Lawson

how History as a discipline has approached the individual victims of the Holocaust and the rich historical material that is provided by their testimonies; and second to ask, if indeed History has failed survivors and their memory, how the discipline 270 Lawson 08_Lawson 08/09/2010 13:41 Page 271 THE RUINS OF MEMORY AND HOLOCAUST HISTORIOGRAPHY needs to change or adapt in order to right this failure. And failure it must be – for if History is incapable of producing narratives of the Holocaust that are meaningful to its victims and which help us to understand their

in Debates on the Holocaust
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Leonie Hannan and Sarah Longair

The afterword draws together the key messages of the book, reiterating the strategies for researchers to undertake effective work in this field. It also conveys the significance of this field and how historical material culture studies are capable of shaping the wider field of history in exciting ways in years to come

in History through material culture