The Reluctant Internationalists on film

One year into the The Reluctant Internationalists research project, Jessica Reinisch talks about the overaching questions and sources investigated by the research group, academic collaboration and impact on policy on a new film by The Wellcome Trust.



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New Publication on Public Hygiene in Eastern Europe

Reposted from CEEHM Network:

Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen

We are happy to announce the publication of a special issue about Public Hygiene in Eastern Europe with Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, edited by Andreas Renner and Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen.

The articles, published in English and German language, deal with the history of epidemics, public health policies and institutions, the  popularisation of hygiene, and eugenics in the 19th and 20th century. The regional focus is on Poland, Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union. The issue covers a wide range of topics, from anti-cholera campaigns in the Kazakh steppe in the 19th century by Anna Afanasyeva, through the relationship of science and policy in an effort against malaria in Soviet Azerbaijan by Matthias Braun, to German hygienic institutions and colonial agenda in the turn of the 20th century by Justyna A. Turkowska. Katrin Steffen explores  the role of experts in developing public health in Poland, Angelika Strobel analyses hygiene propaganda efforts and the evaluation of their effectiveness in Russian provinces, while Birte Kohtz focuses on eugenics in the Soviet Union.

For a complete table of contents and abstracts see

New World War I website by the British Library

The British Library has launched a new website on the history and culture of World War I and its legacy. The website is rich in visual sources, drawing on the extensive collections of the Library. The site explores eight key themes (such as Life as a soldier, Civilians, Race, empire and colonial troops, Representation and memory) through nearly 500 historical sources and over 50 articles on the history of WWI.

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In terms of understanding the international context in the turbulent years of the war and its aftermath, the website addresses a number of important turning points and examines key actors that remain central to internationalism throughout the 20th century. While some articles, like Julie Anderson’s Wounding in World War One have a particular national focus, many pieces aim to provide an international overview. Peter Gatrell’s article titled Europe on the move: refugees and World War One analyses the refugee crisis on the continent triggered by enemy occupation and forceful deportation. Articles on women’s roles, the psychological effects of war on soldiers and children’s experiences give us a glimpse at the issues at stake for social groups who become increasingly visible in both receiving and organizing international interventions. Prisoners of war are the focus of several articles, including Heather Jones’s piece on the treatment of prisoners and Jenny Tobias’s Evolution and expansion: the International Committee of the Red Cross in World War One, discussing the establishment of the International Prisoners of War Agency.

Articles and sources can be found through the key themes, through browsing and through the search tool of the website. The project also includes an extensive section on teaching resources with downloadable packs for class discussion, including reading suggestions, key questions and suggested activities. 

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