Category Archives: European Union

Containing Coronavirus in Brussels

I have been conducting archival research in Belgium as a Fulbright Research Scholar and collaborating with colleagues at the Université Catholique de Louvain this semester, but the coronavirus pandemic has intervened and disrupted our plans. Belgians had been following the … Continue reading

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Vichy France Offers Insights into the Trump Era

The Vichy government in occupied France during the Second World War became notorious for its collaboration with Nazi Germany and its organization of deportations of Jews and its participation in the bureaucratic mechanisms of the Holocaust. The Vichy regime and … Continue reading

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D-Day 75th Anniversary

Today is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy during the Second World War.  So, the Second World War is front-page news today in news media around the world, and many of the reports have a direct link … Continue reading

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Swiss Reformation Conference

The H. Henry Meeter Center will host “The Swiss Reformation at 500,” a two-day conference to mark the beginning of the Swiss Reformation in 1519, when Huldrych Zwingli started his work in Zurich. Bruce Gordon (Yale Divinity School), Amy Nelson … Continue reading

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Historical Memory of the Spanish Civil War

The historical memory of the Spanish Civil War is being contested regularly in modern Spanish society and in the European Union. Historians such as Jay Winter and Pierre Nora have been studying the construction of historical memory through memorial, commemorations, … Continue reading

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American Responses to the Brexit Vote

In the aftermath of last week’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom, Americans seem to have rediscovered Europe. Frantic news reports warn of dire economic consequences for American banks and investors, even as journalists attempt to explain the complexity of … Continue reading

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Council for European Studies Undergraduate Paper Prize

The Council for European Studies is offering Undergraduate Paper Prizes. Northern Illinois University is a member of the Council for European Studies, so NIU undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers for these prizes in the Humanities and the Social … Continue reading

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The Post-Democratic Age and the French Revolution

We live in a “post-democratic age” according to numerous historians, political theorists, and political scientists. Sophie Wahnich recently published an article in Libération, affirming that European society is characterized by a post-democratic political system. Wahnich argues that: “Nous vivons, en … Continue reading

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Strategies of Religious Warfare at EUI

I enjoyed visiting Firenze earlier this week to give a presentation on “Strategies of Religious Warfare: Historical Reflections on Contemporary Religious Violence” at the European University Institute. Professor Olivier Roy (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, EUI)and Jean Monnet Fellow … Continue reading

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War Diaries and Digital Humanities

The growing pace of archival digitization is creating tensions in communities of researchers and archivists. Digital Humanities projects hold great promise, but also substantial risks for today’s researchers and for future generations of scholars. Andrew Hoskins (Interdisciplinary Research Professor at … Continue reading

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