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Today I haven't accomplished much work-wise - I've made myself pretty for some promotional photos for the radio programme I'm a regular participant in ("Alltinget": people can e-mail, write and call in and ask questions to a panel of scholars/scientists from Gothenburg University). taken said photos and then been to see my rheumatologist for the annual check-up. I've also started reading a most wonderful book that I found in the University Library the other day: Fresh Lipstick- Redressing Fashion and Feminism by Linda M. Scott. I have only read three chapters but I already think that it's one of those really important books for anyone interested in feminism. Some of the things she says are old news for me, but probably not to most, but most is really exciting and important research. It deals exclusively with feminism in the US, but though there are differences the similarities are enough to make one ask some important questions also about the history of european feminism in regard to class and to the politics of appearance.
And talking about appearance - this is how I looked today:

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Nov. 12th, 2008 01:55 pm
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I've been asked at work to give my opinion about a textbook in world history. We're constantly discussing the course syllabus and read new available books and this is a part of that process. This book is called "Worlds together, worlds apart" by Tignor, Adelman, Brown, Elman, Xinru, Pittman and Shaw and I'm reading part one. Has any of you read it and if so, what's your opinion?
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to the workers of western Europe, in 1919.
He was a great man - and his memoirs make good reading too.
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I'm tired and achy and would rather sew then prepare lectures - but then it strikes me: I am teaching the russian revolution this year (that's what I'm preparing) and what a joy it is to be allowed to teach about all these interesting things in history and get paid for it.
I love history - all history!
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I'm hungry, or at least peckish, but there's nothing to eat at home. And I'm really too lazy to go to the shop.
But I'm reading Patrick J. Geary's "The Myth of Nations. The medieval origins of Europe", which I really think everybody should read; it's that good and also really important.
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I am listening to the song "James Larkin" with the Dubliners (still on a Dubliners trip after the death of Ronnie Drew). James Larkin was an important figure in the organized labour movement in Ireland and while I'm not even remotely irish the story of the pioneers of the labour movement is much the same all over the western world. Of course Sweden wasn't under foreign rule, but that didn't stop the swedish military, and thus in the end the government, from murdering five demonstrator's at a strike in 1931.

This is not that long a go, and as the first "class climber" in my family it is definitely the story of my heritage, of the swedish labour movement. I am proud of what my forefathers and foremothers accomplished and I am proud that my husband is the union's representative at his work place.
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Thank all gods for the Jesus and Mary Chain, for Teeange Fanclub, for New Order, etc, etc - they force me to enjoy life even when I have to read about the First World War, it's really the most depressing topic in the world: all that slaughter, and for what?
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I give up and go home! I don't get anything done. Whenever I try to read I just get annoyed, after a few pages of every chapter I know exactly what he's going to say; the same as in all the other chapters. I don't say that the content of the book is useless, but since he never provides any investigations of his, own, just points to some research and gives his opinion it could very easily have been made into a polemic article of maybe 30 pages and not a 200 pages book.
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I am currently reading The myth of absolutism by Nicholas Henshall and it's extremely annoying. I have read 70 pages and I already know everything he is going to say on the subject. He's like a record stuck in his tracks, repeating the same things again and again. He is disputing the whole concept of absolutism and sets out to prove that there was nothing even resembling it in 17th or 18th century France; that the reign of Louis XIV didn't involve anything new, but just continued in the old mediaeval ways. But unfortunately he is so biased in his reasoning that you just end up being annoyed and thoroughly fed up.
The problem is that I have a test of this book and two others next thursday so I really have to read the whole book.
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We have just ended a seminar on marxist historical theory and it was so much fun!
We had two short texts to read as a starting point, one by Christopher Hill and one by E.J. Hobsbawm, but the discussion centered much about what marxist historical theory has contributed to modern historical research? Can it be useful today? does a historian need a "philosophy", a view of society as a whole? Why is so much recent research concentrated on a theory of balance rather than on conflict?
And much more.
And now I feel so alive! As if I could run the whole way home (which I really can't because I get contractions if I walk fast even) and sing while doing it.
I have the best job in the world!!!

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