History Workshop Journal

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ISSN / EISSN : 1363-3554 / 1477-4569
Published by: Oxford University Press (OUP) (10.1093)
Total articles ≅ 2,779
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Agnes Meadows
History Workshop Journal; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab014

In a 1960 letter to her lifelong collaborator Dorothy Burlingham, Anna Freud described the ambiguities of existing as a woman and as a member of the Freud family within psychoanalytic institutions. Burlingham later marked this letter with the words ‘To destroy’ on the grounds that it was ‘too personal’. This article draws on the newly catalogued Dorothy Burlingham collection in the Freud Museum archive to consider both Anna Freud’s letter and Burlingham’s attempt to remove it. One context is a debate around the nature and function of the archive, fought out in letters between Anna Freud, Kurt Eissler and Dorothy Burlingham from 1960 to 1972. In that correspondence Eissler pressured Burlingham to convince Anna Freud to include her manuscripts in the archive. The letters held there also raise the question of Burlingham’s own absence from psychoanalytic histories.
Wannes Dupont
History Workshop Journal; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab021

This article examines the legacy of Stonewall in the Netherlands and Belgium, exploring how the gay and lesbian liberation movement resonated with pre-existing activism, national political cultures, and the peculiar structure of civil society in the Low Countries. American influences were real but limited until the later 1970s when the emergence of anti-gay politics in the US fuelled international solidarity under the flag of Stonewall and Gay Pride. The Dutch and Flemish authorities’ willingness to accommodate the mainstream movements early on limited the appeal and effectiveness of confrontational liberationism.
David Goodway
History Workshop Journal, Volume 92, pp 282-287; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab026

Lyndal Roper
History Workshop Journal; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab020

This article addresses the questions of the history of emotions to the German Peasants' War of 1524-5. The biggest popular uprising in Western Europe before the French Revolution, it overturned lordship in wide areas of Germany and beyond for about three months. It transformed the character of the Reformation as Luther condemned the peasant rebels. The revolt followed an emotional arc, shaped as much by the seasons as it was by the logic of revolution. The article argues that historians need to understand emotions and emotional cycles to understand how revolutions begin and unfold.
Laura C Forster
History Workshop Journal; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab018

The memory of the Paris Commune of 1871 has long been summoned as an example of urban revolutionary struggle. In 2011 a Parisian street art collective, RaspouTeam, produced a series of commemorative installations across Paris to mark the 140th anniversary of the Commune. They intended the project to make an explicit link between the politics of the Paris Commune of 1871, and the politics of public space in the twenty-first century city. 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the Commune. In the last decade the struggle to halt the encroachment of capital upon community and the demand for democratic public spaces (as called for by the Communards of Paris) have remained at the forefront of urban political projects. As pseudo-public open spaces and corporate-owned urban areas present new battlegrounds for economic and social justice protests in cities across the globe, the anniversary of the Paris Commune offers an opportunity to reflect on how and why we remember radical urban resistance of the past, and to ask whether doing so has the potential to arm us for the struggles of today.
Jelle Haemers
History Workshop Journal, Volume 92, pp 29-50; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab024

This article explores the social background and material culture of an understudied medieval brothel, the private ‘stew’, the most common type of brothel in the Southern Low Countries, where public brothels were rare. The fifteenth-century lease contracts of private stews contain information about the stew's size, economic value, and ambiance, suggesting the advantageous social position of some of the women who sold sex and providing inspiration to English brothel keepers. The absence of public brothels in the Low Countries reflected both a tolerance for prostitution and the relative freedom enjoyed by women in this region.
Emily Peirson-Webber
History Workshop Journal; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab012

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our ability to undertake oral history research as it is traditionally understood, where interviewer and interviewee are in dialogue with each other in a shared physical setting. Reflecting on experiences conducting twenty-seven remote interviews with former British mineworkers, this article explores how meaningful interviews can be produced with certain groups via video conferencing software and over the telephone. While some of the observational benefits of in-person interviewing were lost, there were gains in terms of the comfort of interviewees and interviewer alike. The reciprocity of video conferencing software went some way to disrupt the power dynamics of oral history interviews. Likewise, interviewees seemed more self-reflexive and willing to discuss sensitive topics when talking via online video-conferencing platforms than over the telephone, or inperson. My experience demands that we rethink orthodox methodological advice concerning best practice. The remote oral history interview can allow access to groups who are hard to reach, and offers a means through which vulnerable interviewees can regain some sense of identity and agency in a time of social dislocation.
Su Lin Lewis, Robert Bickers
History Workshop Journal; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab025

Prompted by the closure of archives and new ways of working during lockdown, Su Lin Lewis and Robert Bickers find an unexpected intersection in their own family histories. Photographs of their grandparents were taken a decade and a hundred miles apart but betray parallel histories of migration, war, and social aspiration amid the decolonization of Malaya and the birth of a new Malaysia. The car is a symbol of social mobility both forwards and up, in a colony whose wealth of natural resources helped fuel the postwar explosion of the global middle class. This piece reminds us that even when we are confined to our homes, with albums as our archives, we can also find new possibilities in the banality of everyday social histories, perhaps richer when woven together.
History Workshop Journal; https://doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbab016

In the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, identity documents and proofs of age were often lost or unavailable, bodies and behaviours had been marked by years of malnourishment and persecution, young people had learned to misrepresent their age for the sake of survival, and administrations routinely doubted age claims. The war had profoundly disrupted the system for knowing age that had become central to Western European regimes of recognition and rights such as citizenship, movement, and welfare. Using the resettlement of young Holocaust survivors to Canada after the war as its core case study, this article examines how state administrations, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations competed and struggled to determine age and consequently who should be considered as a child, and how young people themselves were affected by and navigated these struggles. It foregrounds the necessity to further historicize how power structures increasingly used childhood as a category and chronological age as a supposedly objective criterion to grant some lives more legitimacy than others.
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