EUSTORY History Campus

Irish Language: Deep-Rooted or Force-Fed?

For a language that was so close to extinction in the past, Irish simply refuses to lie down and play dead. Neasa from Ireland talks about the reasons for this as well as young people’s attitudes to language and culture, and the compulsory status of Irish in schools. 

An Old Diploma And My Jump Into History

History is based on research by historians and experts in the area; some even dig for years to find their sources. In some cases, the sources just come to the scholars of history, as Decho from Bulgaria describes in his text. 

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If the Crisis or War Comes: Swedish Defense in the New Millennium

Recent years have seen a rise in the number of nations across the world undergoing rearmament. Military strength has become more important again in International Relations. In pursuit of this trend, and incited by increasingly antagonistic Swedish-Russian relations, the Swedish government decided to reintroduce mandatory enlistment of all male and female citizens 16 years of age and older in 2017....

Female Changemakers: Maro Makashvili – a Writer Dying as a Nurse

How inspiring can the life of somebody who lived 100 years ago be for us now? Especially if it was a girl who already died at the age of 19? A girl that was defending the independence of her country, actively pursuing sports and engaging in social activism? Which role does gender play here? Nato from Georgia reflects on how Maro Makashvili – the first woman awarded with the Georgian Order of Natio...

#LivingParma: How I Entered the Home of Every Barista

Erasmus+ is often described as the cornerstone of the construction of Europe. Although the COVID-19 outbreak negatively affected the mobility across Europe, universities managed to move to online teaching at record speed – but Erasmus+ cannot (yet) happen online. Liliana, a final-year student of international relations, returned from a six-month semester in Parma only weeks before Italy was locked...

Of Dogs, Virtual Discos and Civic Engagement. Young Europeans in Times of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus is everywhere: in the news, on social media, our personal communication and even in our thoughts. High numbers of infected and dead people on the news frighten many of us as much as the lockdown impacts our societies, social and economic live. But this pandemic also brings solidarity and hope. Join us and get some personal impressions and little moments of light from our authors fr...

English first? Observations on Language Choice While Abroad

How do we communicate when we’re abroad? Which language(s) do we chose to speak during international workshops, conferences, trainings or when volunteering? Our author Hanna from Belarus reflects on why she prefers to use English even when Russian might be a simpler choice at a first glance. In our globalized world, people from different countries meet in all sections of life, be it culture, educa...

One Telegram, six Words, Thirty-five Letters

Do you know the feeling of being able to hold the reason why you live actually in your hands? Neasa does and tells us the story of a telegram and her reunited family without which she wouldn’t be alive.

Sofia Red Army Monument in Multicolour: Art, Vandalism or Protest?

Strolling around Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, one can hardly miss the memorials erected after World War II containing characteristic elements of communist monumental art. Sofia’s Red Army Monument, built in 1954 to commemorate the liberation by the Soviet Army, is among the most widely disputed one. Throughout the years, the monument has been used as an instrument for political expression, vandalism ...

Christmas Scents and Aromas: Warm Memories for Cold Winter Days

Is there a better wrap up of the year than a very special memory suitcase filled with heartwarming holiday stories and recipes? If you are looking for the Christmas recipes to make your holiday sparkle we got you covered with with some traditional sweet treats and a special salty "lucky" recipe. You only need to roll up the sleeves and test your baking skills!