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Happy Birthday, Google! Can the search engine replace history teachers and libraries?

What is our first thought when we don’t know something? “Just Google it up!”. Google will celebrate its 20th birthday this year and it is undeniable that the search engine occupies a prominent role in our lives. But could Google (and technology in general) go further and completely replace libraries, archives or even teachers by becoming the sole instrument to research, teach and learn history? Could Google rearrange our knowledge about the past with their untransparent algorithm? Camilla Crovella from Italy reflects on these questions, after attending the Eustory Annual meeting in Turin on these topics. Researching is a fundamental human activity. Even if some of us would not admit it, nowadays most of us look first on Google to find something we don’t know. The largest search engine in t...[Read More]

Licensed Women: Ernestina Macchia Prola and the right to drive.

  How easy and common is it for all of us nowadays to just jump on our car, turn on the engine and move around? May it be for the everyday home-work routine or to leave for a new on-the-road adventure, we are so used to this to forget that only a century ago, society would not have accepted so openly that women would be allowed to take the driver’s seat and man the vehicle themselves. And even nowadays, driving is not granted to women worldwide. Saudi Arabia comes to mind at this point, but there are other places where women are considered incapable of driving a vehicle themselves. The same consideration dominated the European continent a hundred years ago, but with a little difference. It wasn’t just that women, being considered to be inferior, were denied the right to drive, but nob...[Read More]

Never giving up a good discussion about Europe: Roman from Belgium

Name: Roman Roobroeck Age: 19 Hometown: Ronse/Ghent Country: Belgium EUSTORY experiences: EUSTORY Summer Academy Berlin 2011, EUSTORY Debate Paris 2012 Roman is studying his second year of History at the University of Ghent. He plans to finish his master’s degree in history and afterwards he would like to continue studying by getting his PhD. Although as every realistic young person he is having a back-up plan to start working in an archive or in the public sector. He could also probably try to get involved in politics he said. In short: Roman plans for a bit of everything. “I would definitely love to visit Russia and Saint Petersburg pretty soon, since I’ve started studying Russian recently” he says. He always has been fascinated by that mysterious Russian spirit and Dostojevski and Tolst...[Read More]