[Note – This post was first published by the Blog of the Working Class Movement Library, WCML, and can be found here.] On 20 February 1938, Anthony Eden resigned from his post as Foreign Secretary to protest against the policy of appeasement pursued by PM Neville Chamberlain. Like many others in Britain, Chamberlain was still … Continue reading “A German Communist memoir at the height of British appeasement”
Priti Patel and Boris Johnson’s scorn for ‘lefty lawyers’ is a threat to British democracy. This week both the British Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and the Prime Minister Boris Jonson called into question the integrity of lawyers on the political Left. Patel made her comments last Sunday, in the context of the discussion on immigration. … Continue reading “‘Lefty lawyers’ and ‘law and order’: Who is the law for?”
I realised recently that my current project of researching life in Nazi Germany, the idea of ‘knowing the Nazis’, is something I have specifically avoided in my study of German literature and culture up to this point. In my first year at university I had to read the poem ‘Todesfuge’ (Death Fugue) by the Romanian-born … Continue reading “On Knowing the Nazis”
In current university pedagogy we are encouraged to plan our teaching around ‘Learning Outcomes’. The course ends with an assessment to see if the ‘Learning Outcomes’ have been achieved. But now I’m on research leave, no longer teaching, I am floating freely, drifting from one idea to the next, and for the first time in … Continue reading “Reflections on ‘Learning Outcomes’, Research, and Writing in Academia”
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