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'Established in the fields of Great Britain': How can the study of dress further our understanding of the relationship between landscape, culture and identity? 1830 to the presentThis dissertation will explore how the study of dress can develop our understanding of the historic relationship between landscape, culture and identity in Britain from 1840 to the present. To do so, it will demonstrate how the growing social and cultural significance of rural landscapes, and their role within developing constructions of national identity were frequently reflected in changing styles of dress. Interdisciplinary in approach, this dissertation will weave together theories from the fields of history, cultural geography, sociology, dress and fashion studies to explore - through the lens of dress - how the rural landscape was understood and experienced. It will therefore be argued that the study of dress is a powerful analytical tool for the landscape historian, seeking to examine the social and cultural significance of past landscapes, and their role within constructions of national identity.
The problem of national identity within the German armies during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/71The German Wars of Unification between 1864 and 1871, which united the North German Confederation with the southern states, received only limited academic attention overall. Historians throughout Europe, more so in Germany, engaged primarily with political and military aspects of the conflicts whereby they focused strongly on Prussia and rarely accounted for other German states. In the field of cultural and social history, however, there is a significant lack of publications. Despite the historical importance of these wars, especially the Franco-Prussian War, the subject is often overshadowed by the global, more multifarious conflicts of the twentieth century which aroused the interest of academics. Therefore, research in this field is far from exhausted and the topic offers much room for further investigation.