Mandy Merck

after Diana’s death between her lifelong reserve and her anointed obligations to her symbolically childish subjects. This transfer of spectatorial sympathy represents a political coup de théâtre , and has been acknowledged as such. Not untypically, royal biographer William Shawcross maintains that The Queen rebutted allegations of the monarch’s ‘uncaring’ attitude to Diana’s death, capturing its

in The British monarchy on screen
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Agency in the Finnsburg episode
Mary Kate Hurley

, and from the poem's report he very much does so, as he distributes treasure to Hengest's men ‘efne swa swiðe’ (just as often) (1092a) as he does to his own. 12 These rings are meant to bind together a community. Although the poem makes clear that Hengest (the leader of the Healf-Denes after the death of Hildeburh's brother) is already thinking about revenge, we have reason to believe that this network of Frisians and Healf-Denes might still hold together; however, Oslaf and

in Dating Beowulf
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Or how to make the Armenian corpses disappear
Raymond H. Kévorkian

first priority for the Young Turks was to conceal all traces of their crimes as quickly as possible. The first phase of the genocide The first phase of the genocide, from April to September 1915, consisted of the forced deportation (the ‘death marches’) of the DHR.indb 89 5/15/2014 12:51:10 PM 90  Raymond H. Kévorkian Armenian and Syrian populations from the Ottoman Empire, in particular from six eastern provinces, where the majority had their historic roots. These are wild, mountainous regions, at average altitudes of 2,000 metres; the enclosed valleys

in Destruction and human remains
Torsten Riotte

In December 1811, Ernst Horn, a Professor at the Berlin Charité hospital was sued over the death of one of his patients. The twenty-one-year-old Louise Thiele had been hospitalised in August 1811 and diagnosed with hysteria. The doctor recommended the full variety of applications commonly prescribed at the time. Cold water baths were applied with doses of a hundred buckets of cold water. The patient was put in a rotating bed, an apparatus inspired by the English swing machine, restrained and rotated with a cadence of 120 times per minute

in Progress and pathology
Ghosts and the busy nothing in Footfalls
Stephen Thomson

almost de rigueur. Indeed it has come to encapsulate this period in Beckett’s theatre. Notably Ruby Cohn refers to the plays of the 1970s (and Play) as the ‘post-death plays’,12 and the relevant chapter of James Knowlson’s biography borrows the title ‘Shades’ from Beckett’s own for the BBC birthday celebrations of 1976.13 The text of Footfalls itself seems to authorise this identification by introducing a thoroughly anecdotal ghost in May’s little tale of her ‘semblance’ Amy. The ‘moon through passing rack’14 which figures the church candle veiled by the passage of the

in Beckett and nothing
Yulia Karpova

particular were chosen. It also does not explain the slightly mixed chronology (interchanging objects from the 1920s and 1960s) or the conspicuous absence of anything from the late 1930s to the 1950s. The question remains: what was the logic behind this order of things? I suggest that the commonality between these images, which would have been immediately comprehensible to the journal’s readers, was a particular aesthetic that gradually emerged in the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death in 1953 and became pronounced by the late 1960s. I do not use ‘aesthetics’ as it is used

in Comradely objects
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Jonathan Atkin

ambitions will revive after the war – but at present all I want is a quiet life on a moderate income and a bicycle in an English countryside and you to look after (I should have put you first)’.8 In March 1917 he realised that it would soon be Easter (‘I have sufficiently regained a sense of time’) and mused upon the Resurrection which he could not help evaluating in terms of his present existence. He found himself wishing for, ‘the resurrection of this life’, for, as he had found, ‘this existence is death, mental and usually spiritual’.9 At the end of May, Innes was

in A war of individuals
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Sara Haslam

was a history made more poignant by the lack of a body to bury.60 The overwhelming sense was one of lack, but the factors that make up that sense are more complicated than the death of so many. They combine to inform my reading of the experience of the war as an obvious climax to the period.61 As a metaphorical landscape, the war reanimated and heightened the fight between knowledge and ignorance, repression and liberation and opposing psychic manifestations and needs. War Masterman was the junior member of Asquith’s cabinet in 1914 as war came. He says that his

in Fragmenting modernism
Jonathan Colman

domestic dissent and a mounting death toll in Vietnam, announced that he would not seek another term in of-fice, 74 and the Republican contender, Richard Nixon, won the presidential election on 5 November that year. On 13 January 1969, Johnson asked Dean to tell Wilson that ‘one of his great comforts had been that he could always count on the UK during any crisis’. He was ‘personally grateful for the warm and effective relations he had always had with

in A ‘special relationship’?
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Gareth Millward

demand. Two incidents in particular are highlighted: an epidemic in Coventry in 1957; and the death of the professional footballer Jeff Hall in 1959. The chapter ends with the introduction of oral poliomyelitis vaccine and the end to these long-running supply issues. As well as covering demand, the rhetoric around polio vaccine exposes other themes that we have already encountered in the 1950s and 1960s vaccination programmes. The general climate of demand was welcome, but the government was consistently worried about pockets of apathy shown by

in Vaccinating Britain