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Fathers and Childbirth | A History of Fatherhood in Scotland

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In 1957, a BBC Panorama documentary on natural childbirth showed a five second clip of a woman giving birth, the first time a baby being born was televised in Britain. While newspapers at the time questioned whether the controversial scenes should have been shown, today thousands of viewers tune in as the entire labour process is captured on the award winning documentary One Born Every Minute. Indeed, there have been a number of changes to childbirth since the 1950s, including a move from home …  »

histscimedtech 30 July 2014

Guest Post: Teaching and the Problem with Parties in the Early Republic « The Junto

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Guest poster Mark Boonshoft discusses the challenges he’s faced in teaching the politics of the early republic.

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

When is enough enough? Reading (and swimming) | williamgpooley

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At the moment, I’m focusing on two things: swimming, and an article. The article is based on the archival research I did for my doctorate, but which also addresses several other fields, fields that aren’t really in my comfort zone. To give you an idea, my doctoral research was into the lives of the singers and storytellers that a man named Félix Arnaudin collected folklore from at the end of the nineteenth century. An obvious field to address this to is other folklorists working today, and that…  »

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

Legal Crossroads of Empire: Exeter Historians’ Exhibit Opens This Week | Imperial & Global Forum

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Dr Nandini Chatterjee History Department, University of Exeter Mughal Emperor, seated, handing the Grant of Diwani to Lord Clive, 1765. © The British Library Board, Foster 29 On 31 July, the exhibition titled “A court at the crossroads of empire: stories from the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council” will open at the UK Supreme Court, London. You won’t want to miss it. There is colour and drama, and stories that range from murder to child custody, and from Australia to the Caribbean. And t…  »

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

How the Guardian reported the first world war: Peace of Europe depends upon the will of Russia | World news | theguardian.com

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Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 20 July 1914 Austria to continue her advance Belgrade shelled Attack on Servian capital reported The peace of Europe depends upon the will of Russia. If she decides to support Servia in the field nothing can save Europe from a great war. Mr. Asquith in the House of Commons yesterday afternoon said the situation at the moment was one of extreme gravity, and the British government were doing everything to circumscribe the area of possible confli…  »

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

Wellcome Library and Jisc announce partners in 19th century medical collections digitisation project | Jisc

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30 July 2014 The Wellcome Library and Jisc today announce nine partner institutions whose holdings will be digitised and added to the UK Medical Heritage Library, an online resource for the history of medicine and related sciences.  Six university libraries have joined the partnership – University College London, University of Leeds, University of Glasgow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Kings College London and University of Bristol – along with the libraries of the Royal Colle…  »

histscimedtech 30 July 2014

Leiden’s oldest Koran fragments more than a century older than previously believed – News – News & Events

Leiden University offers outstanding international students an intellectually exciting learning environment with high academic standards. Rather than concentrating on knowledge transfer, the focus is on debate and critical thinking whereby students’ abilities to think independently is greatly stimulated.

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

Prisoner of War Photograph Album, Joseph McEnroe, WWI « The Cricket Bat that Died for Ireland

This July we commemorate the centenary of the First World War and remember those men who served in the various armies of all nations. Two such men were brothers Thomas and Joseph McEnroe, who served with the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and between them their experience covers the war years between 1914 and 1918. This album … Continue reading →

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

historypunk: Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a GIF.

historypunk.com - Jo Hawkins
Over the last two years, New York art director,  Kevin Weir, has been selecting historic photographs from The Library of Congress flickr stream and using them to create animated GIFs, which he shares on his blog. The results are delightfully absurd and utterly compelling. I was surprised to find that so many of the photographs chosen by Weir were taken during the Great War. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been. Artists have long drawn from traditions of absurdity and surrealism to understand and expr…  »

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

Tracy Chapman – Debut Album (1988) Track by Track Review | Open Access History and American Studies | Dr. Darren R. Reid | Podcasts, Lectures, Videos, Blogs and More

Tracy Chapman’s debut album was one of the most important protest records of the 1980s. Explore the album one track at a time in this critical review…

twitterstorians 30 July 2014

The UK Medical Heritage Library: uniting digitised collections | Wellcome Library

We are excited to welcome nine UK research library partners to the UK Medical Heritage Library project. These libraries will be making their historic collections available for digitisation alongside the Wellcome Library’s own 19th century works. They make up the bulk of the 15 million page goal made possible by funding from the Higher Education and Funding Council for England and Jisc.   The nine partners include: 6 university libraries: UCL (University College London) University of Leeds Unive…  »

histscimedtech 30 July 2014

The origin of “intelligent design” in the 18th and 19th centuries | Evolving Thoughts

A question asked on the talk.origins group by reader Garamond Lethe led me to do some reading and writing, which I do below the fold. He asked: I’m looking for an article that detailed the history …

histscimedtech 30 July 2014

Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 6 | Whewell’s Ghost

Whewell’s Gazette Your weekly digest of all the best of Internet history of science, technology and medicine Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell Volume #6 Monday 28 July 2014   EDITORIAL: Another week and another edition of the history of science, medicine and technology weekly digest for your delectation. This weeks featured birthday is British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin who was born 25 July 1920 and gained fame chiefly for her picture of the DNA crys…  »

histscimedtech 30 July 2014

Whewell’s Gazette: Vol. 6 | Whewell’s Ghost

Whewell’s Gazette Your weekly digest of all the best of Internet history of science, technology and medicine Editor in Chief: The Ghost of William Whewell Volume #6 Monday 28 July 2014   EDITORIAL: Another week and another edition of the history of science, medicine and technology weekly digest for your delectation. This weeks featured birthday…

histscimedtech 30 July 2014

CFP: Science, Pure and Applied: Oliver Lodge, Physics and Engineering | Making Waves: Oliver Lodge and the Cultures of Science, 1875-1940

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We invite proposals for the third Lodge workshop, ‘Science, Pure and Applied: Oliver Lodge, Physics and Engineering’, to be held at the University of Liverpool on the 31 October 2014. Oliver Lodge was a defender of pure science, particularly in the modern university, yet he took a keen interest in how science might be applied throughout his career, taking out patents and setting up businesses. This workshop, which will take place in the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Building, the opening of  »

histscimedtech 30 July 2014

Historical and Cultural Geographies of Woods and Forests – CFP

Historical and Cultural Geographies of Woods and Forests – CFP – Free download as PDF File (.pdf), Text file (.txt) or read online for free. CFP – Forest and woods session at ICHG http://www.ichg2015.org convened by Carl Griffin (Sussex) and Charles Watkins (Nottingham)

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Jumbles: experimenting with eighteenth-century recipes | The History Fox

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I have been working my way through the fascinating collection of digitised receipt books at the Wellcome Library. As keeper, feeder and walker of two children, a shift-working husband and a dog, archive days are pretty hard to come by and I therefore feel utterly justified in doing a little victory dance when such rich and personal sources are made available to me through the magic of the internet. There is, however, a downside. I am an information magpie – I am easily distracted by sparkly lit…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Charles Darwin’s Theory of Pangenesis | The Embryo Project Encyclopedia

In 1868 in England, Charles Darwin proposed his pangenesis theory to describe the units of inheritance between parents and offspring and the processes by which those units control development in offspring. Darwin coined the concept of gemmules, which he said referred to hypothesized minute particles of inheritance thrown off by all cells of the body.

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Today in History: Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of DNA – The Primate Diaries

On July 25, 1920 the English biophysicist Rosalind Franklin was born. She was instrumental in discovering the molecular structure of DNA, though her vital contributions were only posthumously acknowledged. After receiving her PhD from Cambridge in 1945 she worked as a research associate for John Randall at King’s College in London. Beginning in early 1951…

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

The Tragedy of American Diplomacy and US Imperialism | Imperial & Global Forum

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Marc-William Palen History Department, University of Exeter Follow on Twitter @MWPalen William Appleman Williams is considered the founder of the “strongly influential” Wisconsin School of U.S. foreign relations imperial history that took root from within the History Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Williams’s book The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, first published in 1959, was the first of many revisionist imperial histories of American foreign policy that appeared amid what  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Women’s Early Modern Letters Online: project update and workshop announcement! | Cultures of Knowledge

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Dr Kim McLean-Fiander In 2013, CofK announced that I (a CofK alumna and former Digital Editor of EMLO) had received a two-year British Academy/Leverhulme grant with my co-investigator, Professor James Daybell of Plymouth University, to produce a sister project to EMLO called WEMLO: Women’s Early Modern Letters Online. Today, I’m providing an update on what WEMLO has accomplished in the past year and what’s on our agenda for the upcoming year. In August 2013, James and I held the first WEMLO wo…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

‘Will Harvey’s War’ | FW Harvey

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Any readers who follow our social media accounts about Harvey (@FWHarvey on Twitter, and here on Facebook) will probably be aware that Harvey’s “lost novel” has been adapted as a play titled ‘Will Harvey’s War’ at the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham as the launch event for the Gloucestershire Remembers WWI community outreach programme (the play runs from 30 July to 2 August 2014). Additionally, the novel has been published internationally by the History Press. Last night, ITV West Country News a…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Skea – Smart Kegel Exercise Aid by Linkcube Studio — Kickstarter

Linkcube Studio is raising funds for Skea – Smart Kegel Exercise Aid on Kickstarter! Playing games while training your pelvic floor muscles at the same time! Skea is the world’s most caring and fun Kegel Exercise aid.

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Teaching Fellow in Roman Imperial History at University of Warwick

View details for this Teaching Fellow in Roman Imperial History job vacancy at University of Warwick in Midlands of England. Apply now on jobs.ac.uk

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Assistant Professor, History of Art at University of Western Australia

View details for this Assistant Professor, History of Art job vacancy at University of Western Australia in Australasia. Apply now on jobs.ac.uk

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Gangs of New York: Recruiting the Irish ‘Straight Off the Boat’ | Irish in the American Civil War

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One of the best known scenes in Martin Scorcese’s 2002 movie Gangs of New York is that which depicts the enlistment of Irish emigrants ‘straight off the boat’ into the Union army. The seemingly unsuspecting men are quickly dressed in uniform and packed off for the front, even as those unfortunates who have gone before are brought back in coffins. This scene is one of the most influential in dictating modern memory of Irish recruitment into the Union army. The popular image of thousands of Irish…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

“Will you not be glad to go out?” | Conviction

Thursday 30 January 1840 Somberly, Miss Martin calls the two little boys to her. Tomorrow their thirty day sentence will be up and they will leave her charge. Since their boisterous cellmates departed last weekend, the hours have slipped by slowly without incident. The Gaoler has not been required to reprimand the young boys who…

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Strange Pigs | The Sloane Letters Blog

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There are strange pig tails in the midnight sun From men who moil for hog’s stones The science trails have their secret tales That would make monstrous piglets groan; The English nights have seen queer sights But the queerest they ever did see Was that marge on the note of Stephen Gray Concerned with porcine […]

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Birth: personal stories to population policies

Birth involves the act of parturition, the beginning of the human life course and the expansion of the family unit. Throughout history, birth has been monitored and managed by individuals, institutions and the state – directly and indirectly – due […]

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

World Science Festival Photo Of The Day: Total Eclipse of the Sun | World Science Festival

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On this date, 163 years ago, a Russian daguerrotypist named Berkowski (first name unknown), took the first photograph of a solar eclipse, using an 84-second exposure. What celestial event would you most like to photograph? (Image credit: Berkowski) The post Photo Of The Day: Total Eclipse of the Sun appeared first on World Science Festival.

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Leonard Hayflick (1928- ) | The Embryo Project Encyclopedia

During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the United States, Leonard Hayflick studied the processes by which cells age. In 1961 at the Wistar Institute in the US, Hayflick researched a phenomenon later called the Hayflick Limit, or the claim that normal human cells can only divide forty to sixty times before they cannot divide any further.

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Does pain have a history? | OUPblog

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It’s easy to assume that we know what pain is. We’ve all experienced pain, from scraped knees and toothaches to migraines and heart attacks. When people suffer around us, or we witness a loved one in pain, we can also begin to ‘feel’ with them. But is this the end of the story? In the three videos below Joanna Bourke, author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers, talks about her fascination with pain from a historical perspective. She argues that the ways in which people respond to w…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Microsoft OneDrive – Access files anywhere. Create docs with free Office Online.

Store photos and docs online. Access them from any PC, Mac or phone. Create and work together on Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents.

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

The Leper’s Legendary Decay

Zombies are now a horror staple that spans mediums, and justly so. Zombies combine our intellectual fear of social decay and loss of self with our instinctual horror at the notion of a disease that…

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Manioc : bibliothèque numérique Caraïbe, Amazonie, plateau des Guyanes

Livres patrimoniaux en texte intégral, images historiques, conférences audio et vidéo, cartes, travaux de recherche sur la Caraïbe, le plateau des Guyane, l’Amazonie et les régions ou centres d’intérêt liés à ces territoires. Manioc is a digital specialized library on the Caribbean, the Amazon, Guyana and regions or areas of interest related to these countries. Manioc es una biblioteca digital especializada en el Caribe, la Amazonia, Guyana, Guyana y la meseta de las regiones o áreas de int…

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

NASA History – Timeline Photos | Facebook

Fifty years ago today on July 28, 1964, the United States launched its first lunar probe that returned images of the Moon’s surface. Ranger 7, as the…

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Humanities at the Crossroads: The Indiana case study | Public History Commons

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Editor’s Note: This is the fourth piece in a series on the “crisis” in the humanities. A post introducing the series can be found here. Pottery wheel demonstration at Conner Prairie living history museum in Fishers, Indiana. Photo credit: Derek Jensen In the past few years, the airwaves have been filled with angst about the state of the humanities, primarily in college and university humanities departments. Humanities at the Crossroads (HAC), a national initiative to examine the future of the  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Fleas, mould and plant cells: under a 17th century microscope with Robert Hooke – Collection Care blog

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This week we celebrate the 379th birthday of Robert Hooke, a Fellow of the Royal Society and key figure of early modern natural history and natural philosophy, born on 28 July 1635. Many of Hooke’s innovations paved the way for a more rigorous scientific analysis of materials, for which we in Collection Care are very grateful. To mark the occasion we are thrilled to host a guest post from Puck Fletcher who has just completed a doctorate on space, spatiality, and epistemology in Hooke, Boyle, Ne…  »

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Tunnels failed to deliver victory in World War I and they failed Hamas in Gaza – Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz

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Just like the British and Germans in World War I, Hamas wasted precious time and resources on a plan that has ultimately proved unsuccessful.

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

Meet the Editor: Dr. Kristin Stapleton, Twentieth-Century China – Maney Chinese Studies

Photo by Douglas Levere Twentieth-Century China Editor Kristin Stapleton came on board in 2014. The modern China scholar, based at University of Buffalo, recently took some time out of her schedule to talk about her goals for the journal, advice for young scholars, and her summer reading list. Read the Q&A below: China’s New Sorrow: Water-Management Policies, Environmental Degradation, and Salar-Tibetan Minority Relations in Qinghai Province, 1862-1978 Acting out Reform: Thea…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

One Giant Leap….. Reflections on the 45th Anniversary of the Moon Landing |- HowardWillens.com

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Introduction This week marks the 45th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. It is hard to overstate the impact of this event to the world at the time; the moon landing was a major victory for America in the space race between the US and USSR, and was a moment shared with the entire nation through the expanding medium of television. The moon landing holds even additional significance for my generation as it represented the fulfillment of President Kennedy’s bold promise that America  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

Historians Continue Conversation about Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

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In the summer issue of Perspectives on History, published online, historians wrote about the historical context of the Supreme Court decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. In “Property v. Liberty: The Supreme Court’s Radical Break with Its Historical Treatment of Corporations,” Ruth H. Bloch and Naomi R. Lamoreaux examine the legal history surrounding the rights of corporations. Alonzo Hamby reflects on the Hobby Lobby case as representing a cultural conflict, and John Fea writes about it in the c…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

The Coastal History Blog | Port Towns and Urban Cultures

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Blog 20: Contemplating Time and Tide in the Sailor’s Magazine When nineteenth-century Britons stood facing the ocean, what did they think about? Did they rejoice in the healthy sea breezes? Fret about a French invasion? Did they daydream about travel, worry about stock market crashes, plot the conversion of unbelievers in far-flung colonies?  Or, watching the waves themselves, did they marvel at the scientific achievement represented by the compilation of precise tide tables for the entire plan…  »

twitterstorians 29 July 2014

The Wild True Tale Behind La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Ether Dome’ | KPBS

The La Jolla Playhouse’s new play "Ether Dome" shows how ambition, betrayal and drugs played a part in the discovery of anesthesia, which changed the course of medical history.

histscimedtech 29 July 2014

A1039 Part-time Senior Research Associate – Jobs at Lancaster University

Category: Research | Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences | Department: English & Creative Writing | Closing Date: 11 Aug 2014 | Working on the MHRA funded Davy Letters Project you will assist the Project’s PI, Professor Sharon Ruston to work on the Collected Letters of Sir Humphry Davy, a four-volume print edition to be published by the Oxford University Press in 2018.  You will have a PhD in history or literature (or award within 12 months) concentrating on the eighteenth and/or ninetee…  »

histscimedtech 28 July 2014

The history of “scientist” | The Renaissance Mathematicus

Today is a red-letter day for readers of The Renaissance Mathematicus; I have succeeded in cajoling, seducing, bullying, bribing, inducing, tempting, luring, sweet-talking, coaxing, coercing, enticing, beguiling[1] Harvard University’s very own Dr Melinda Baldwin into writing a guest post on the history of the term scientist, in particular its very rocky path to acceptance by the scientific community. First coined by William Whewell at the third annual meeting of the British Association for the…  »

histscimedtech 28 July 2014

Buy 1684, avoid 1687: An Historic German Vintage Chart | Hogshead – A Wine Blog

hogsheadwine.wordpress.com - Aaron Nix-Gomez
Uebersicht von Menge und Güte der Wein-Erträge in dem vormaligen Herzogthume Naussau in den Jahren 1682 bis 1884. Some of you may recall that I have an interest in wine related tables which is reflected in such posts as A Visual History of Wine Gauging Tables.  This interest led me to Heinrich Wilhelm Dahlen’s book Karte und Statistik des Weinbaues im Rheingau und sämmtlicher sonstigen Weinbau (1885) that is full of  viticultural statistics for the Rheingau and other areas.   Though these stati…  »

histscimedtech 28 July 2014

Cambridge Journals Online – Abstract

<p><p>To those not engaged in the practice of scientific research, or telling the story of this enterprise, the image of empirical observation may conjure up images of boredom more than anything else. Yet surprisingly, the profoundly uninteresting nature of research to many science workers and readers in history has received little attention. This paper seeks to examine one moment of encroaching boredom: nineteenth-century positional astronomy as practised at leading observatories. Though possi…

histscimedtech 28 July 2014

cultivating innovation – Blog

Hello all, and as we end week 1 of the Cultivating Innovation project, I am very happy to report that we have had over 1000 hits on the website! (1205 to be precise). It is appropriate that for the…

histscimedtech 28 July 2014

The Periodic Table in the Twentieth Century

A new exhibit is on view in the Medical Historical Library, curated by Charlotte Abney, graduate student in the History of Science and Medicine program. The materials in this exhibit are part of the recently donated collection of William Drenttel (1953-2013). A graphic designer with an interest in chemistry, Drenttel collected over 200 books, advertisements, collectibles, and other objects documenting the development of the periodic table and the incorporation of its components into graphic des…

histscimedtech 28 July 2014

The Medical Use of Canary Wine in 17th Century England | Hogshead – A Wine Blog

Introduction Canary Island wines were not just popular for their taste but also for their medicinal value. In addition to their use by Dr. Thomas Sydenham in London their medical use is documented in such countries as France by the early pioneer in geriatrics Francois Ranchin, "Talia autem funt canarium album spirituosum admodum & substantisicum…

histscimedtech 28 July 2014