Abstract: This paper aims to locate English republican thought and writing in a wider European context and to understand the personal connections that aided the distribution and reception of English republican ideas abroad through the case study of a little-known pamphlet published by the English regicide Edmund Ludlow during his exile in Switzerland after the Restoration of the Stuart monarchy in 1660. Les Juges Jugez, ses Justifians (1663) was a French translation of the dying speeches and other miscellaneous texts of some of the English regicides, produced in Geneva and subsequently printed in Yverdon with the help of Ludlow’s local protestant network. Rather than propagating a secular republican ideology, Ludlow offered his work to a European protestant audience in the language of Geneva, promoting a primarily religious cause in an attempt to make martyrs out of political activists. It is therefore to Ludlow’s protestant networks that we need to turn to find out more about the transmission of English republican ideas in Francophone Europe and beyond.
Archive for June, 2013
In January 2013 we launched our first comprehensive online training course that enables you to learn why you might wish to use databases for historical research and how you would go about it. The course takes you through the basics of creating the databases and shows you the main tools that can be used to analyse the data.
Building and Using Databases for Historical Research is a non-tutor led course – meaning that it can be taken at any time and completed at your own pace. The fact that there is no tutor involved does mean that there are fewer opportunities for feedback, but there are forums for fellow students to discuss their issues and questions and we do keep a close eye out for any technical problems or misunderstandings coming out of the way part of the course is presented. That said, we do offer feedback on the final exercise – which can be submitted at any time, so there is an opportunity to check that you have understood things properly.
The brief segment below comes from the second module in the course – looking at filtering data.
2. Filter by Form
The Filter by Form approach to filtering data in a table is much more flexible that Filtering by Selection, in that it allows you to specify the criteria to be used rather than selecting it from a value in a field. More importantly, this tool allows you to specify a variety of different kinds of criteria, as well as choosing more than one criterion in combination to apply in your filter.
The Filter by Form tool is located in the ‘Advanced’ menu of the Filter tools. When you click on this tool the ‘form’ appears into which you can add the criteria that you wish to apply to the table. The form itself looks like a blank row in the table, which can be a little confusing, but it is simply a means by which you can apply criteria to one or more fields.
Filter by Form options
For example if you wished to filter your People table records to only show you the information for women with the surname Smith, you would enter the criteria:
Filter by Form criteria
Note that the quotation marks are added automatically, unless you have spaces in your criteria, in which case you will need to add them manually.
When you toggled the form ‘on’, you would only see the 65 records of women with the surname ‘Smith’ – that is, only those records where both criteria were matched. When adding criteria into a Filter form in this way, it is important to remember that if your criterion contains spaces, then your criterion needs to be enclosed with double quotation marks (“): for example the criterion:
All Hallows Honey Lane
will return an error message when you try to apply the filter, whilst
“All Hallows Honey Lane”
will work perfectly well.
Just a quick reminder of tonight’s live stream:Web archives: a new class of primary source for historians ? Peter Webster (British Library) and Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia) Joint Archives and Society and Digital History seminar 11 June 2013, 5.15pm GMT
For abstract and further details click here.
The next live stream will be a joint session from the Digital History seminar and Archives and Society seminar. Details follows:
Web archives: a new class of primary source for historians ? Peter Webster (British Library) and Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia) Joint Archives and Society and Digital History seminar 11 June 2013, 5.15pm GMT
Abstract: When viewed in historical context, the speed at which the world wide web has become fundamental to the exchange of information is perhaps unprecedented. The Internet Archive began its work in archiving the web in 1996, and since then national libraries and other memory institutions have followed suit in archiving the web along national or thematic lines. However, whilst scholars of the web as a system have been quick to embrace archived web materials as the stuff of their scholarship, historians have been slower in thinking through the nature and possible uses of a new class of primary source.
Dr Peter Webster is web archiving and engagement and liaison manager for the British Library, and an historian of contemporary Britain.
Dr Richard Deswarte is Research Associate in the School of History at UEA. He will speak about his AADDA project which examines how the Web Domain Dataset can be used to explore the rise of British Euroscepticism. He will highlight some of the digital approaches and wider research goals from his initial exploratory work using the archive.
To join us on the live stream click on the podcast page of History SPOT and open up the pop out boxes on 11 June.