Wednesday Link Roundup: Links to the most interesting history, news, writing, and technology posts that passed through my RSS and Twitter feeds over the last week. History Historian Tim Grove has stories to share, like the time he received a grizzly bear in the mail. In “A Public Historian Tells All,” Grove discusses the […]
Host: Christopher Rose, Outreach Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin Guest: Fred M. Donner, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago
The story of Islam’s beginnings have been told and retold countless times. The traditional narrative says that the Prophet Muhammad, an illiterate orphan from the town of Mecca, became a prophet of God and founded a community that conquered much of the known world in little more than a century after his death. But what »
As you are probably all aware I have been reading through the papers of Samuel Hartlib, over the past month or so. I am consistently rewarded with interesting nuggets of information about early modern medicine, health and bodies. Now Hartlib was by no means representative of everyone’s experiences at this time, but nonetheless his papers…
This special two-part History Hub series was commissioned to mark 1000 years since the Battle of Clontarf. The first video – 1014: Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf – features Dr Elva Johnston (UCD) discussing Brian Boru, the battle in 1014, and how the story of the battle was shaped by Brian Boru’s descendants.
The second video – Commemorating Clontarf: 1014 through the Ages – charts how the 1014 battle was skilfully usurped and retold by various nationalists for political purposes. It foc… »
The Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana has begun the first phase of a massive digitization project and over the next four years will digitize over 3000 manuscripts. The Vatican library hopes to eventually digitize all 82 000 manuscripts in it collection, which covers over 41 million pages.
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From the Library of Congress collection:
How could Washington be a married man (and never tell a lie), 1916
Ballard MacDonald , Joe Goodwin
M. J. O’Connell
Male vocal solo, with orchestra
Matrix Number/Take Number
Place of Re… »
On this day in 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, chlorine gas was used by the Germans, making it the first use of poison gas in the First World War on a large scale (the French had used tear-gas grenades against the German forces in 1914, but not to the extent that the Germans would later deploy chlorine). Soldiers described it as having a distinctive smell – a combination of pepper and pineapple – with a metallic taste that stung the back of the throat and chest. If it reaches the lungs, »
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) provides resources for historians, including a major research library, digital projects, seminars and lectures, conferences, books and journals,podcasts and Ma/PhD study and research training.
This post is, if not a follow-up, then perhaps a sequel to my investigation last month into the eccentric Elizabethan Miles Fry, aka Emmanuel Plantagenet, who claimed to be the secret lovechild of no less a coupling than Elizabeth I and God Himself. My next archival oddball is Goodwife Dannutt, from Rose Alley in London. Dannutt is described in the calendar of the Lansdowne manuscripts as ‘a poor distracted woman’, writing to Lord Burghley and ‘begging him for Jesus Christ’s sa… »
The 6th Modern Conflict Archaeology Conference Saturday 18th October 2014 Call For Papers Exploring the diversely theoretical dimensions of modern conflict Those in postgraduate education, or with postgraduate qualifications in the early stages of their careers, are invited to submit a proposal for a paper to be presented at the 6th Modern Conflict Archaeology…
The following is an excerpt from my book, History Will Prove Us: Inside the Warren Commission Investigation into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.
After the Warren Commission report was published, one of the commission lawyers complained to Chief Justice Warren about the widespread unfair criticism of our work. Warren urged the lawyer not to worry, because “history will prove us right.” I am writing this book because Chief Justice Warren turned out to be prescient. In the nearly fifty ye… »
By Ian Petchenik / Published April 21, 2014
The third in a series on the history of the famous Chicago hub, author Ian Petchmo goes behind the scenes to discover an airport rushed into the jet age and in a state of constant expansion. Can it take it? Miss parts one and two? Read part one here! Read part two here!
At the turn of the twenty-first century, everyone agreed that something needed to be done about the delays at O’Hare. The airport held the ignominious distinction of delay capital of … »
In a newly published study, Shakespeare’s Beehive: An Annotated Elizabethan Dictionary Comes to Light, antiquarian booksellers George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler conclude that the annotations in their copy of Baret’s Alvearie purchased on eBay belong to William Shakespeare.
As Italian capital approaches 2,767th birthday, excavation reveals wall built long before official founding year of 753BC
It is already known as the eternal city, and if new archaeological findings prove correct Rome may turn out to be even more ancient than believed until now.
Next week, the city will celebrate its official, 2,767th birthday. According to a tradition going back to classic times, the brothers Romulus and Remus founded the city on 21 April in the year 753BC.
Creative writers are accustomed to the idea that their writing must go through several drafts. However, much of the advice on offer to academic writers proceeds as if all they have to do is produce a draft which is then edited, tidied up, everything made neat and clean. I have seen many a thesis completion…
Hey, I just got back from the OAH last week also, which had two consequences: returning to campus invigorated with a renewed willingness to experiment BUT having had very little prep time before Monday morning’s classes. So I turned to something I could pull off without a lot of prior work, to keep it from being entirely a cop-out day. I decided the purpose was to turn my students in both classes back to the textbook’s assigned reading (since they sometimes need a refresher on those expectations »
I began with a question: could I build a viking shield using nothing but materials I have at my house? What began as a question endured as a quest to test how far I was willing to go for my passion for vikings. A good starting place was my woodpile out back. There I found leftover planks from the building of the back porch, all still in relatively good condition. Using a sharpie and some measuring tape, I outlined the round shield from seven planks. I measured the radius at 16 inches, so t… »
NEW YORK — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings — among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom — sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
They call her ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ the world’s most beautiful mummy. Rosalia Lombardo died from pneumonia in 1920 at the tender age of 2. Her body was embalmed by Alfredo Salafia (below), put into a glass coffin, and placed inside the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy. If it were not for the oxidizing amulet of the Virgin Mary resting atop her blanket, you would swear she had died a few days ago.
Very little is known about Rosalia’s life, and, until recently, even less was known about Salafia’s »
a review by Tim Lacy The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael D. Gordin 304 pages. University of Chicago Press, 2012 To enter the thought world of Immanuel Velikovsky, the Velikovskians, and Velikovskianism […]
Welcome to History a’la Carte’ where I get to share a video and my favorite history links of the week with you. This week Medieval birth,medieval diapers and newborn care, and a shilling to rewrite Canadian history, a few of your options in this weeks’ serving of History a’la carte’. *~*~*~*~*~*Regency*~*~*~*~*~* Queen Charlotte’s …
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A guest post by Adrian Teal, who will be well known to some readers as a caricaturist with leanings towards the 18th century… When you’re spending three years hunting down scandalous true stories for a spoof Georgian tabloid called The … Continue reading →
Jennifer Evans has just published an edited volume on the history of homosexuality in Germany together with three German-speaking experts in the field. The handbook, Was ist Homosexualität? Forschungsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und Perspektiven, in English What is Homosexuality? Research, Social Development, and Societal Perspectives (Männerschwarm 2014), is designed for a crossover audience. It provides an introduction to debates about the way same-sex sexuality has been percei… »
Evans’s rigorous demolition of what-if? narratives decries counterfactual history as a fundamentally reactionary pursuit
The official pretext for the Russian TV station Dozhd, or TV Rain, being taken off air as part of the Putin regime’s recent crackdown on independent media was a counterfactual. A poll asked viewers if it would have been better if the city of Leningrad had surrendered to the Nazis in 1941. If it had, the reasoning goes, its inhabitants might not have endured a horrifying 900-d… »
The British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship in the Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts section of the History and Classics Department for a doctoral or post-doctoral student in history, history of art, medieval language or other relevant subject. Detail of a miniature of a woman reading…
Focusing primarily on non-canonical texts, this collection takes up the diversity of religious discourse in nineteenth-century women’s literature and articulates how American women writers adopted the language of religious sentiment for their own cultural, political or spiritual ends. The contributors examine fiction, political and religious writings, memoirs, and poetry to reveal the complexities of lived religion in women’s culture-both its repressive and its revolutionary potential.
Ida Laura Pfeiffer (1797-1858), an Austrian explorer and author.
Proposals are being sought for a panel dedicated to women explorers, travelers, cartographers, etc., who contributed to or participated in the exploration and discovery of our world, its lands and oceans, at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries (October 30-November 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas). Peer-reviewed, article-length submissions will be published in a special issue of Terrae Incognitae, vol. … »
Something a little different this week. A Vlog filmed at Flint Castle. If you think you can help me fund my research. Visit my page at: http://www.gofundme.com/medievalgardensandparks
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University of California, Irvine doctoral candidate Annessa Stagner talks about World War I soldiers and shell shock in this interview conducted at the 2014 American Historical Association conference in Washington, DC.
This week saw the publication by Tikkun magazine of a forum on Eli Zaretsky’s Why America Needs A Left, in both print and online iterations. I am flattered to have been included in the latter. No doubt the conversation about […]