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More than Child’s Play? The World of War Toys

More than Child’s Play? The World of War Toys | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Do war toys encourage violent behaviour and make conflict more acceptable? Or do they offer genuine insight into military history?

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All three authors of the article are either receiving ESRC-funding or have been awarded ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. Dr Philip Kirby is currently studying ludic geopolitics and popular expressions of militarism, as part of a collaborative ESRC project with the universities of Portsmouth and Royal Holloway.

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Public backs removing citizenship from Britons fighting abroad – even for a good cause

Public backs removing citizenship from Britons fighting abroad – even for a good cause | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The UK government is making noises about potentially stripping British people of their citizenship if they join conflicts abroad. But while the proposal is aimed at deterring people from joining Islamic State and other militant groups, our research found support for taking citizenship away even if Britons fight in foreign lands for causes more aligned with UK interests.

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This article, based on current discussions around British citizenship, is written by Thomas Scotto, Harold D Clarke, Jeson Reifler and Paul Whiteley - researchers who all receive funding from the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Is Action Man a warmonger? Scientists spend £500,000 to see if children's views on conflict are affected by dolls wearing military clothing

Is Action Man a warmonger? Scientists spend £500,000 to see if children's views on conflict are affected by dolls wearing military clothing | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Universities of Portsmouth, Exeter, and Royal Holloway University of London will spend three years on the £492,508 project.
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Employing private security companies in war cuts costs but causes problems

New research from The University of Manchester is examining whether employing private security companies in war cuts costs but causes problems.

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The article cites ESRC-funded research by Dr James Pattison at the University of Manchester

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How Ready Was Europe for World War I?

How Ready Was Europe for World War I? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

How prepared were the Great Powers for war in 1914? Too often, this question has been answered by pointing to expectations of a short war, and to muddle and inefficiency in its opening stages. The realities are that most informed people had realistic expectations, and that muddle and inefficiency are intrinsic to war.

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Author, Mark Harrison, is a research associate at ESRC's Centre of Competitive Advantage in the Global Ecoconmy

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Action Men: scientists get £500K to study how toys shape children's attitude to war

Action Men: scientists get £500K to study how toys shape children's attitude to war | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Scientists are to examine whether action figure dolls help form children's opinions on war and shape British attitudes to the armed forces.
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