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Impact case studies: Modern Languages

Find out how research from the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures is making an impact on the world.

Developing public understanding of fascism

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The research project ‘ The Cult of the Duce: Mussolini and the Italians 1918-2005’, which involved Dr Guiliana Pieri, achieved a better understanding of fascism and its legacy by challenging preconceptions about Benito Mussolini and examining the legacy of his leadership ‘cult’ in Italy and beyond. The research engaged a wider non-academic audience and improved public awareness of the propaganda strategies of fascism through an exhibition at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London.

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Addressing globally important questions on the Holocaust

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Professor Peter Longerich’s research on Nazi Germany, the causes of the Holocaust and national socialism has addressed globally important and controversial questions on the relationship between anti-Semitism and the commission of mass murder, and the degree of responsibility borne by Germany as a nation. His work has been debated in high profile media forums and influenced policy-making in Germany.

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Enhancing public access to the BL's collections

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Collaborative research, under the direction of Professor Jane Everson, has established a comprehensive database on the Italian Academies 1525-1700. This significant public resource now forms one of the British Library’s (BL) series of Themed Collections; specialised catalogues developed to enhance public access to the BL’s collections. The project revealed some interesting parallels with the use of modern-day social media in the way the Academies communicated. In addition, the software model developed by the research team has also influenced the revision of other BL catalogues.

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