11 - Why no Revolution in 1848 in Britain
Revolutions occur when a critical mass of people come together to make specific demands upon their government. They invariably involve an increase in popular involvement in the political process. One of the central questions concerning 1848, a year in which almost every major European nation faced a revolutionary upsurge, is why England did not have its own revolution despite the existence of social tensions. Two principal reasons account for this fact: first, the success of reformist political
10 - Popular Protest
Collective violence, in the form of popular protest, was one of the principal ways in which people resisted the expansion of capitalism and the state throughout the nineteenth century. The nature of this protest can be charted through three different, but related examples: grain riots across Europe in the first half of the century, the mythical figure of Captain Swing in England, and the Demoiselles of the Ariège in France. While these movements were ultimately repressed by the forces of capita
09 - Middle Classes
The nineteenth century in Europe is, in many ways, synonymous with the rise of the bourgeoisie. It is misleading, however, to consider this newly dominant middle class as a homogenous group; rather, the century may be more accurately described in terms of the rise of plural middle classes. While the classes comprising this group were united by their search for power based on property rights rather than hereditary privilege, they were otherwise strikingly diverse. Contemporary stereotypes of the
03 - Dutch and British Exceptionalism
Several reasons can be found to explain why Great Britain and the Netherlands did not follow the other major European powers of the seventeenth century in adopting absolutist rule. Chief among these were the presence of a relatively large middle class, with a vested interest in preserving independence from centralized authority, and national traditions of resistance dating from the English Civil War and the Dutch war for independence from Spain, respectively. In both countries anti-absolutism fo
02 - Absolutism and the State
The rise of absolutism in Europe must be understood in the context of insecurity attending the religious wars of the first half of the seventeenth century, and the Thirty Years' War in particular. Faced with the unprecedented brutality and devastation of these conflicts, European nobles and landowners were increasingly willing to surrender their independence to the authority of a single, all-powerful monarch in return for guaranteed protection. Among the consequences of this consolidation of sta
Court of common pleas: The National Archives, CP40 - 1399-1500
The records of this central common law court for the fifteenth century; records held by The National Archives with the class of CP40. Hitherto unpublished, the database was first produced as part of the AHRC-funded 'Londoners and the Law' project (AHRC AR119247). It was further augmented by the 'London women and the economy before and after the Black Death' project (ESRC RES-00-22-3343) and with funding from the Marc Fitch Fund.
The future of thinking in an information age
Does the Internet really make us dumber, as some pundits argue? And dumber than what? This lecture talked about what it means to think through and with new information technologies, placing both these technologies and ‘thinking' in a historical context. Professor Cathy Davidson argues that many of the ways we teach, work, and evaluate attention, achievement, intelligence, and learning abilities or disabilities were developed for the industrial technologies of the early twentieth century. H
Subaltern Studies thirty years on: some unanswered questions
Dipesh Chakrabarty is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College, University of Chicago. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an Associate Faculty of the Department of English, holds a visiting position at the Research School of Humanities & the Arts at ANU and an Honorary Professorial Fellowship with the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Au
21H.907 Trials in History (MIT)
This seminar examines a number of famous trials in European and American history. It considers the salient issues (political, social, cultural) of several trials, the ways in which each trial was constructed and covered in public discussions at the time, the ways in which legal reasoning and storytelling interacted in each trial and in the later retellings of the trial, and the ways in which trials serve as both spectacle and a forum for moral and political reasoning. Students have an opportunit
The College of Charleston welcomed more than 2,500 new and returning students to campus at the third annual Georgestock. The event was held in the Carolina First Arena on Sunday -- with free food, giveaways, entertainment, and music provided by New York-based DJ Chachi.
Christiane Paul delivers the closing keynote at the Art History of Games Symposium on February 6, 2010 in the High Museum of Art's Rich Auditorium on the campus of the Woodruff Arts Center, in midtown Atlanta. The symposium was presented by Georgia Tech and the Savannah College of Art and Design. Starting from a brief outline of the art-historical connections between games and art, the presentation will explore how game art projects have expanded or redefined traditional characteristics of "ima
Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J. shares his impressions of Marquette
Rev. Scott Pilarz, S.J., the newly named president-elect of Marquette, spoke on video yesterday on topics that included his passion for 16th Century poetry, his beloved dog, the importance of teaching and his impressions of Marquette.
Texas Tech's String Project Strikes Chord With Aspiring Young Musicians
The Texas Tech String Project was founded in 2001 with the help of the National String Project Consortium and the American String Teachers' Association. The program was originally funded by a three-year grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education and matched by money from Texas Tech. The university, student instruction fees and other grants now fund the program. More information: http://today.ttu.edu/2009/11/project-strikes-cord-with-aspiring-young-musicians/ More inform
Fair Health: Health Inequities Within and Between Countries - A Global Challenge
The 20th century has seen impressive gains in health and life expectancy in many parts of the world – but these improvements are unequally distributed. In every country, poor people and those from socially disadvantaged groups get sicker and die sooner than people in more privileged social positions. Not only is there a gap in health between the best-off and the worst-off in society, there is a gradient in health running between them. This gradient can be linked clearly to social and economic
Marco Polo Biography, Part IV
This is an animated biography of Marco Polo, a 14th-century explorer and trader, from the Discovery Channel Education series. This series is aimed at older elementary school children.
Putting Channel 4 on the Air - Channel 4 Day - Mike Bolland
Mike Bolland joined BBC Scotland in 1963 as an office junior before leaving for production work at the BBC in London and then in 1981 for the then newly established Channel 4. There he was the first media employee in the UK responsible for youth programming before becoming the Channel’s Head of Arts and Entertainment (1987 – 1990). Currently Mike works as a freelance television consultant and writer and has been head of TV at the National Film and Television School since 2006. This Coventry
21F.027J Visualizing Cultures (MIT)
In this new course, students will study how images have been used to shape the identity of peoples and cultures. A prototype digital project looking at American and Japanese graphics depicting the opening of Japan to the outside world in the 1850s will be used as a case study to introduce the conceptual and practical issues involved in "visualizing cultures". The major course requirement will be creation and presentation of a project involving visualized cultures.
Pupil Participation in School Design - Design and Ergonomics Applied Research Group
A collaboration between ergonomists and children’s geographers to understand factors which effect the participation of pupils in the Building Schools for the Future Programme. The two year AHRC funded project was completed in June 2009. The funding was used to support Coventry and Northampton Universities’ observations of the way and extent to which pupils were involved in the early stages of the design of their schools. The activities of 10 diverse schools in rural and urban areas around t
Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Professor Jeff Jarvis
Jeff Jarvis is an American journalist and an associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He writes a new media column for The Guardian and hosts its Media Talk USA podcast. Jarvis is the creator of the popular weblog BuzzMachine, which tracks developments in new media. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New Y
Contemporary Japanese Cinema - Domestic Appeal vs International Prestige - Dr John Berra
Dr John Berra is an Independent Scholar and Author who has written extensively about American and Japanese Independent Cinema. His most recent book is The Directory of World Cinema: Japan to be released in February 2010. This talk was organised by the Coventry University East Asian Film Society.