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Reassessing the past: changing public understanding of Czechoslovakia's treatment of minorities

Published on: 9 May, 2016

Research findings by Professor Mary Heimann have overturned conventional understandings of Czechoslovakia as having been more tolerant and liberal than its Central European neighbours. Professor Heimann's research complicates simplistic notions of Czechoslovakia as a 'victim' country, showing it instead to have been a perpetrator, as well as a victim, of the state-sponsored persecution of minorities. Her purpose, in showing the darker side of nationalism, was to illustrate the inherent danger in perpetuating historical myths in which one's own side is presented as the righteous victim, and the injury done to others ignored or downplayed. This is a temptation to which all nations are open.

 

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The Experience of Worship in late medieval Cathedral and Parish Church

Published on: 13 November, 2015

Going to church was a very different experience in the late medieval period; just how different wasn’t properly understood until recently. From 2009 to 2013 a major research project has given a deeper understanding as well as contributing to the growth of skills of the craftspeople and practitioners involved.

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Ireland-Wales Research Network

Published on: 27 February, 2010

Ireland and Wales share a common Celtic heritage stretching back over 2000 years yet have become two very different countries, in particular due to differences in religion and industrialisation. They remain linked in many ways, however, and a major research network is encouraging academics throughout Europe and elsewhere to reflect on these links and divergences.

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