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DavidJSNSW on history

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My fellow students from what I can gather, seem to approach the study of genocide as if it is a bad thing. I had a thought: what if I did the required work and wrote the essays from a pro-genocide perspective? It sounds appalling but I wonder if the lecturer has hard to mark any essays from...
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The so-called hard right in Europe such as Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage, and their counterparts in Germany and Slovakia seem to be squishy soft in at least one important aspect. That is, their attitude towards Putin's war against Ukraine. Essentially, Ukraine is taking one for the team because...
I'm currently studying a unit on massacres and genocide. Cheery stuff but unfortunately, such phenomena is endemic to human history. The idea of the subject is not really about a body count but rather, to get an understanding of the legal concepts and why such terrible events occur. The most...
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I am happy with a distinction I just received in the subject on Mediaeval Europe. Well, who wouldn't be? Perhaps a perfectionist who was hanging out for a high distinction. Certainly that would be nice but it didn't happen. The lecturer not only knew his stuff but he seemed to be a hardarse...
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As a student of history, I get the impression that conspiracy theories are based on a touching belief that human beings are more organised than historically has been the case. I am currently reading about the English attack on Hispaniola during Oliver Cromwell's tenure. Everything that could...
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I got 73 percent for my major essay in this subject on the Middle Ages. The lecturer strikes me as a tough marker so I’m okay with what I got. I don’t want soft treatment in my course. My only regret is a few rookie mistakes that reduced my marks. It simply means I should do better next time.
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I have gone back to reading William Souder's Mad at the World: A Biography of John Steinbeck. I had to put it down earlier in the year when it got up to the part where the author describes In Dubious Battle, a novel I had not read. I should have known that would happen (how do you write a book...
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I am looking to do a thesis at the end of my history degree ie: when all the coursework has been completed. Something on the Anglo Saxons would really interest me. For those not in the know, that is the name given to various peoples who occupied England once the Romans decamped at the...
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My last assignment was to write a piece on the Dark Ages and problems with the term. Historians now tend to refer to Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. The border between the two is not clear but the period was not 'dark'. The negative connotations don't fit with the reality of the...
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I submitted an assignment recently about primary sources re: Charlemagne's coronation (800CE). I was happy with my mark but the assignment made think of how we would analyse primary sources about events that happened more recently. Imagine trying to find the truth about the stabbings at Bondi...
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I have spent the public holiday today making progress on my essay for my Master of History course. The subject is in Mediaeval history and the essay is on the period of crisis in 14th and early 15th centuries. A massive famine in the early 14th century, the Black Death a bit later on, the...

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