Catching Stories: A Practical Guide to Oral History

Oral history levels the playing field of historical research” (vii), the authors assert, and this practical guide does indeed show how it can be beneficial to anyone interested in transforming the oral history of their family or community group from an idea to reality.

Storie Orali: Racconto, Immaginazione, Dilogo

No contemporary oral historian (at either the praxis or the theory ends of the spectrum, which this author has never divorced) can have ignored Alessandro Portelli’s contributions to the field: for example, The Death of Luigi Trastulli and Other Stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History, 1990;

The New Woman in Uzbekistan

This book is an impressive undertaking. Marianne Kamp, Professor of History at the University of Wyoming, has added greatly to the study of the changing roles and the changing pressures exerted on women in predominantly Islamic cultures throughout the twentieth century.

ReportIing Iraq

Reporters like to talk. In Reporting Iraq, the editors of the Columbia Journalism Review gave forty-four journalists a chance to tell their stories, not in seedy, dimly-lit bars but in extensive oral history interviews CJR originally published in the November/December 2006 issue, commemorating the magazine’s forty-fifth anniversary.

32nd issue of Historical Studies Quarterly

32nd issue of Historical Studies Quarterly has been published. This issue includes 7 articles and the contents of a journal belonging to 1970 which is about the role of clergies in the events of June 1963. In the following lines you can read the abstract of each article:

Why I am Not a Scientist

At first glance, the title, Why I Am Not A Scientist, seems irrelevant to the discipline of oral history. However, anthropologist Jonathan Marks approaches scientific inquiry utilizing a framework that is often employed by oral historians in their work.

General Hamdani & Iraqi-imposed war on Iran

In a challenging interview, Former Iraqi Republican Guard Crops commander General Ra’ad Hamdani has analyzed Iraqi's army's operations as well as Iran's operations during the imposed war while evaluating their strong and weak points.

The Qajar Pact: Bargaining, Protest and the State in Nineteen-Century Persia

Vanessa Martin's book is a very welcome addition to the growing body of works dealing with the Qajar era that are willing to take a fresh look at accepted interpretations and established clichés about that crucial period of Persian history, particularly concerning the nature of the rule of Qajar shahs before the Constitutional Revolution.

Ghost Hunters of the South

From the documentation of paranormal investigations in the 1850s and the prevalence of séances in elite homes in the late nineteenth century to the popularity of contemporary movies and television shows about ghosts, the occult, supernatural phenomena, vampires, and witches, Americans have been fascinated with the unknown.

A Certain Age: Colonial Jakarta through the Memories of its Intellectuals

Much of this book is lovely, especially the voices of the elderly Indonesians recalling the earlier periods of their history. The narrators are of an age where they remember Dutch colonialism, Japanese occupation, a nationalist revolt that brought bloody clashes between Sukarno and communists, and then the Suharto regime. All that together with Java itself, a tropical island with its own long, distinct culture, and there is plenty to remember.
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Loss of Memory in Pahlavi Prisons

In total, [I was in prison] about 6 years in two arrests. For the first time after several years, a soldier arranged my escape. I do not know why! Maybe he was one of the influential elements of Islamic groups. They took me to the hospital for the treatment of my hand, which was broken due to the callousness of an officer.

Hajj Pilgrimage

I went on a Hajj pilgrimage in the early 1340s (1960s). At that time, few people from the army, gendarmerie and police went on a pilgrimage to the holy Mashhad and holy shrines in Iraq. It happened very rarely. After all, there were faithful people in the Iranian army who were committed to obeying the Islamic halal and haram rules in any situation, and they used to pray.

A section of the memories of a freed Iranian prisoner; Mohsen Bakhshi

Programs of New Year Holidays
Without blooming, without flowers, without greenery and without a table for Haft-sin , another spring has been arrived. Spring came to the camp without bringing freshness and the first days of New Year began in this camp. We were unaware of the plans that old friends had in this camp when Eid (New Year) came.

Attack on Halabcheh narrated

With wet saliva, we are having the lunch which that loving Isfahani man gave us from the back of his van when he said goodbye in the city entrance. Adaspolo [lentils with rice] with yoghurt! We were just started having it when the plane dives, we go down and shelter behind the runnel, and a few moments later, when the plane raises up, we also raise our heads, and while eating, we see the high sides ...