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Young authors from all over Europe regularly publish blog posts about current events, discuss the relevance of historical anniversaries and share their personal approaches to issues related to history and identity in Europe. You can navigate the History Campus Blog by choosing a category or scrolling through the entire blog.

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The History Campus Blog features a variety of topics, articles and formats. Check out the articles on personal artefacts, experiences and thoughts of young Europeans in the Memory Suitcase, learn about their views on current political events and debates in European countries in #callEurope, see them @work at one of the various seminars and projects, find out how historical events effect people on the personal level in Where were you when, explore the thoughts and intercultural learnings of young Europeans travelling abroad in The Image of the Other and follow the discussion on the means of Heritage & Identity for Europes present and future. You can find all the categories and all the posts of the History Campus Blog in the Archive.

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#livingFlorence: Choir and constitution

The EU Commission is planning to treat young Europeans to free Interrail tickets to promote first-hand experiences of different countries in Europe. Gregor, a student of political science and history from Germany, did not wait for this new programme to start. He just returned from a six-month study trip in Florence and reflects on some of his exper...[Read More]

From South to North: new-old European winter-time recipes

After having shared a first collection of European recipes and connected memories two years ago, here is a new, special Memory Suitcase for you, again filled with cookies, cakes and personal stories from Europe. We hope some stories will make you laugh, and that some will keep you warm during the cold winter days. Have a go, fill these recipes with...[Read More]

Editors’ Diary. Some days in the life of a History Campus-Editor

Every December, the History Campus is calling for new members of its Editors Group. You want to know what the work of a History Campus-Editor looks like? Gregor, Editor since 2015, gives some insights into a typical month of an Editor. In case of any questions do not hesitate to comment below!

Catalonia: Outbreak of illegal nationalism or oppression of a democratic movement?

People being beaten up by the police just for trying to vote, a government which declares a referendum binding even though parts of the electorate where not able to vote and a large number of ballots where confiscated, and finally nearly the whole democratic elected government either in prison or in exile – the events around the Catalan independenc...[Read More]

Coalition for some brighter future?!

Losses for both governing parties, right-wing-populists for the first time in the Bundestag (parliament) – the results of German elections some weeks ago remained issue of many debates. But what about the future government? Gregor is sharing some of his thoughts and opinions on this issue.

Heroes of freedom – An important anniversary in the fight against Mafia

Mafia has always been a strong presence in the Italian country. Some Italians, instead of accepting the situation, raised their head and proved that Mafia can be defeated with a constant fight for legality. Among them were the two magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino, murdered by the organised criminality 25 years ago. Viola Berti, a y...[Read More]

The “re-unification” belt. When human solidarity overcomes military division.

Remembering World War II is difficult in many countries. In Italy, however, the narration of “us” against “them” is even more difficult, since the country was not occupied by enemies, but Benito Mussolini was a strong ally of Hitler’s Germany even before the war. Only when a new government ousted Mussolini in 1943, German army occupied Northe...[Read More]

Am I of the West?

Joschka Fischer, once perceived as symbol of a new political era, is now writing books and giving speeches on political crisis, the West without a leader, democracies in danger. For younger people, he is already part of history, as far back as the revolt of 1968. Gregor Christiansmeyer is responding to Joschka Fischers thesis on “the End of the Wes...[Read More]

Music in the service of patriotism: Can songs divide us?

“Music unites people of different cultural backgrounds” is a phrase that one can often hear in speeches. Yes, music connects people. It can enrich a person and provide confidence, motivation and a sense of belonging. But what happens if you combine songs, collective memory and national identity? Milena from Serbia describes how the ques...[Read More]

Licensed Women: Ernestina Macchia Prola and the Right to Drive.

Imagine you cannot go anywhere without supervision. If someone else decides for you where you can go and where you cannot go and thus, which activities you can participate in. This was the reality for women in Europe 100 years ago: Women weren’t allowed to vote, to freely choose their work or even to drive. Camilla tells the story of the firs...[Read More]

Stuck in the “Brussels Bubble”?

Brexit, Orbán and Le Pen. European right wing populism and state egotism is on the rise, the EU threatened by dissolution and there is no end in sight. What has gone wrong in the last years? How can the European Union get back on track? For Enja from Norway the EU bureaucrats have been detached from reality and ignored working class people for too ...[Read More]

Division can be as dangerous as terror – Fresh thoughts after UK terroristic attacks.

“Deport all Muslims”, “Stop letting refugees and foreigners into the country” “There is no longer a ‘Great’ in Great Britain”, and “I’m not a racist but…” social media is covered with comments like these after the suicide bombing in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert on the 22nd of May. The focus seemed to be finding someone to blame, and a gr...[Read More]