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Art and the Women's Suffrage Movement

In her seminal book, The Spectacle of Women: Imagery of the Suffrage Campaign (1987), Lisa Tickner argues: "The women's suffrage campaign was for many years marginal to the interests of political historians, and its use of posters, postcards and large-scale public spectacle - that 'agitation by symbol' which is the subject of this book - fell victim to what John Gorman has called 'a common myopia with regard to the visual past'. Too 'artistic' for the interests of political history, it was too political (and too ephemeral) for the history of art."

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John Simkin

In September, 1997, Spartacus Educational founder and managing director John Simkin became the first educational publisher in Britain to establish a website that was willing to provide teachers and students with free educational materials.

According to a survey carried out by the Fischer Trust, Spartacus Educational is one of the top three websites used by history teachers and students in Britain (the other two are BBC History and the Public Record Office’s Learning Curve). The Spartacus Educational website currently gets up to 7 million page impressions a month and 3 million unique visitors.

As well as running the Spartacus Educational website John Simkin has also produced material for the Electronic Telegraph, the European Virtual School and the Guardian's educational website, Learn. He was also a member of the European History E-Learning Project (E-Help), a project to encourage and improve use of ICT and the internet in classrooms across the continent.

We have published six e-books, Charles Dickens: A Biography (October, 2012), First World War Encyclopedia (October, 2012), Assassination of John F. Kennedy Encyclopedia (November, 2012), Gandhi: A Biography (December, 2012), The Spanish Civil War (December, 2012) and The American Civil War (December, 2012). He also contributed an article to the recently published book, Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History (December, 2012).

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