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Red Rubber: Atrocities in the Congo Free State in Confidential Print: Africa

Posted on December 16, 2010

The conviction this month in The Hague of Thomas Lubanga, a Congolese warlord, for forcing children to fight in his army in the early 2000s is merely the latest in a long line of cases of abuse of this kind that have blighted what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. The civil wars which began in 1996 bled out of the nation’s borders to involve, in time, eight other African countries – leading to the label ‘Africa’s world war’ – as well as...

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Y Wladychfa Gymreig: Welsh settlement in Patagonia from Confidential Print: Latin America

Posted on December 16, 2010

Britain in the nineteenth century was a country of emigration. The British Empire covered a quarter of the globe, and the British people went forth in their thousands to settle in its most promising regions. Australia, Canada and New Zealand owe their current form to the British enthusiasm for improving one’s lot overseas: as, of course, does the United States, which continued to attract a flow of settlers from the British Isles even after it freed...

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The Lady’s Magazine and the Emergence of Women as Active Participants in the Eighteenth Century Periodical Press

Posted on December 16, 2010

In the latest addition to our Eighteenth Century Journals portal – Eighteenth Century Journals V – we have included the full run of the Lady’s Magazine, a periodical that ran for sixty-two years from 1770 to 1832 when it merged with its rival, The Ladies Museum. The Lady’s Magazine was issued monthly and is significant for its longevity in a market - the periodical press - where publications were largely short-lived. Its longevity and ability to...

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Global Commodities and New Research Tools

Posted on December 16, 2010

Last week saw the release of Global Commodities: Trade, Exploration and Cultural Exchange, a large multi-library resource which explores the history of fifteen major commodities that changed the world. I have worked on the resource as Project Editor for many months now and it has been a truly exciting project to manage. The additional features, which complement the primary source material, have been a particular highlight. In this feature, I...

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Pomp and Ceremony at the Delhi Durbar

Posted on December 16, 2010

I had the pleasure of recently working on the re-launch of one of our most popular resources, Empire Online, which was published last month. The resource has been upgraded to meet the specifications of our latest resources, including full-text searchability and registered user functions such as 'My Archive'. User experience of Empire Online has also been enhanced through additional features such as an image gallery, interactive maps and...

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Optical Delights

Posted on December 16, 2010

With the release of our newest resource, Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema – the fourth instalment in the successful Victorian Popular Culture series – I would like to draw attention to, in my opinion, its most visually impressive feature: the online virtual exhibition, Optical Delights. Standing in the Bill Douglas Centre’s public museum, surrounded on all sides by an abundance of rare and treasured artefacts...

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"To raise the Genius and improve the Heart": Private Theatricals in British Culture

Posted on December 16, 2010

Towards the end of 2010, Adam Matthew Digital released ‘Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment’, the third section of Victorian Popular Culture. Included in this resource is a curious item from the British Library entitled ‘Playbills, notices and press-cuttings dealing with private theatrical performances, dating from 1750 to 1808’. This fascinating collection of printed ephemera has been described by the theatre historian Sybil Rosenfeld as...

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Primary sources from the 1960s show public reaction to the trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Posted on December 16, 2010

We are currently hard at work on our forthcoming resource Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest, due for publication in Autumn 2011. The period from 1950 to 1975 witnessed dramatic changes in society. There was the onset of Rock & Roll; the introduction of computers and credit cards; the boom of radio and television; and campaigns for black power, civil rights and women’s liberation. All around the world there were challenges to...

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Photographing Flanders Fields

Posted on December 16, 2010

Our editorial team here at Adam Matthew are currently busy at work with the upcoming digital project The First World War: Personal Experiences which is due to be released later this year. I am delighted to be part of the team for this project as the First World War has been a pet interest of mine for a long time, an interest aroused not least through my own family history. Sitting quietly in a drawer in my family home in Dublin are two “Dead...

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Introducing our new "Memory Wall" feature for The First World War: Personal Experiences

Posted on December 16, 2010

As part our our forthcoming resource The First World War: Personal Experiences, we are introducing a thought-provoking new digital feature, the ‘Memory Wall’, which encourages users to interact with documents in the resource through a visual montage of objects, photographs and images of the war. By clicking on some of the arresting visual items in the Memory Wall, users can read about related documents in the resource. Written by members of the...

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