Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Here is video chapter twelve, which moves us onto the third expedition. There will be three chapters on this third expedition, followed by chapters which I am at present writing, about science and Cook's journeys.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
After it was alleged that he said « No more lockdowns: let the bodies pile high in their thousands. »
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
British history with a smile.
If you are tempted by learning about key figures in British history in half hour talks by a well-known comedian, mixing wild jokes and serious explanation, have a look at these talks by Mark Steel !
The Industrial revolution
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
You may have heard. French television put out several hours of coverage of his funeral yesterday, with many generalizations about what British people must be feeling.
Naturally, as in all such cases, there is a wide variety of feelings among British people. Among the more iconoclastic is this one, from left-wing comedian Mark Steel
Saturday, April 17, 2021
250 years after Cook: New Zealand and the Maori language
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 09, 2021
You will find here chapter 8, which takes us up to the end of Cook's first expedition. The two other expeditions, however, will only get three chapters each, and these videos will be followed by more general considerations about Cook, the world that produced him and the world he produced.
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Deux collègues de l'Université de Lille, Cédric Courtois (LEA / CECILLE EA 4074) et Fiona McCann (LLCE / CECILLE EA 4074) feront une présentation notamment à destination des étudiants sur la thématique suivante :
"Au-delà des polémiques : qu'est-ce que le post-colonialisme ? Qu'est-ce qu'une approche décoloniale?" Deux étudiants ayant suivi des cours sur ces thématiques interviendront rapidement. Après quoi nous aurons un échange avec les personnes présentes. Je me permettrai en préambule de rappeler dans quel contexte politique s'inscrivent les polémiques récentes en France, où "post-colonialisme" et "décolonial(isme)" ont souvent été régulièrement entendus. Oliver Esteves Voici le lien Zoom pour cet événement : https://univ-lille-fr.zoom.us/j/93042790478
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
In our class on the BBC I mentioned a poem which referred to the elite thinking that high culture was not appropriate for working class people. But I said it might be Auden. In fact the poem is by Sassoon, and here it is :
The Case for the Miners
Something goes wrong with my synthetic brain
When I defend the Strikers and explain
My reasons for not blackguarding the Miners.
" What do you know? " exclaim my fellow-diners
(Peeling their plovers' eggs or lifting glasses
Of mellowed Chateau Rentier from the table),
" What do you know about the working classes?"
I strive to hold my own; but I'm unable
To state the case succinctly. Indistinctly
I mumble about World-Emancipation,
Standards of Living, Nationalization
Of Industry; until they get me tangled
In superficial details; goad me on
To unconvincing vagueness. When we've wrangled
From soup to savoury, my temper's gone.
"Why should a miner earn six pounds a week?
Leisure! They'd only spend it in a bar!
Standard of life! You'll never teach them Greek,
Or make them more contented than they are!"
That's how my port-flushed friends discuss the Strike.
And that's the reason why I shout and splutter.
And that's the reason why I'd almost like
To see them hawking matches in the gutter.
by Siegfried Sassoon
Monday, April 05, 2021
Friday, April 02, 2021
Thursday, April 01, 2021
Although of course it will be an oral exam, if any one of you wants to do, in writing, a practice question ("leçon"), I will happily comment on it. Here is the subject:
Friends and enemies in James Cook's journals and voyages