by Andrew Smith (UCL)
As a contemporary historian, I don’t see many illuminated manuscripts. I don’t see many handwritten sources either, if I’m honest. Much of what I end up looking at is in the tidy, typewritten order of the 1940s and beyond.
One of the most unexpected joys, therefore, is discovering the marginalia of the bureaucratic scribbler. The anguished cries of someone annotating committee minutes can amuse, for sure, but far better is the idle imaginings of someone reviewing tedious… »
The eighteenth century brought with it a new interest in science and, perhaps more importantly, brought science into the public domain for perhaps the first time. Whereas scientific experiments had once been the domain of dilettante gentlemen, locked away in august institutions such as the Royal Society, more people were becoming aware of just how interesting – and indeed fun –science could be. Public demonstrations were one means through which people could learn about the latest ideas and inve… »
Revolutionary War history courses generally teach students about the actions of men on the battlefield. But women’s lives during that time were largely centered on the home, and any political influence they achieved was through their husbands. In this class, Professor Catherine Allgor of the University of California-Riverside teaches about the lives of women in the early American republic.
By Jorge Iber, PhD
Texas Tech University
In my first two posts for this blog, the intention was to introduce the readers to the significance of the role of Latinos/as in US sports history, and then, to provide but one example of an individual whose life and career (Coach E.C. Lerma from Duval County, Texas) highlighted some of the key issues/themes that can be examined through a systematic examination of Spanish-surnamed athletes. In this post, I would like to be a bit more theoretical than pr… »
Experience is an ongoing series of interviews in which leading scholars at Harvard speak from the intersection of their personal and professional paths. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich follows Melissa Franklin, Stephen Greenblatt, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Martha Minow, Steven Pinker, Walter Willett, and E.O. Wilson.
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Harvard’s 300th Anniversary University Professor, a feminist scholar with a taste for history from the bottom up and an appreciation for the pedagogic power of art… »
By Whitney Strub
Sometimes the queer stars align right when it’s needed most. Philadelphia has spent the past few decades effectively cultivating an LGBT-friendly reputation, as witnessed in last year’s groundbreaking trans-affirmative city ordinance. But a recent, vicious gaybashing incident in Center City, not to mention Pennsylvania’s unfortunate precedent as the first state (singular until very recently) where same-sex marriage is perversely recognized under law and yet can lead to one’s fi… »
Cambridge University Press has published their first Open Access and *free* book- fittingly kicking off with The History Manifesto by Jo Guldi & David Armitage You can download The History Manifesto here: http://historymanifesto.cambridge.org/ How should historians speak truth to power …
Like many New Englanders, I followed the recent Market Basket labor strike with near-obsessive interest. Of course, a small, selfish part of me was irked that my "More for Your Dollar" shopping had been temporarily suspended. But beyond that, I was inspired by the employees’ bravery and revolutionary spirit. After weeks of negotiations and uncertainty, I was pleasantly surprised that the workers had triumphed over the CEOs. I’d noticed two important things while following the story; first, that… »
This post was contributed by Dr Louise Hide, Honorary Research Fellow in Birkbeck’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
In July 1905, a young draper’s assistant from south-east London was admitted to Bexley Asylum. Gertrude L. was 25 and this was her third admission into a lunatic asylum.
Initially, she was described as ‘strange and irrational in manner’. But by January 1906, she was corresponding with her friends on the outside. One letter that was copied and left in her case file… »
Alan Barenberg is assistant professor of history at Texas Tech University. His new book is Gulag Town, Company Town: Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta. Here Barenberg explains the connection of the book’s cover to the pages within:The cover image comes from a collection of photographs that Polish prisoners took after they were released from a prison camp in Vorkuta, an Arctic camp complex
Casey Schmitt returns with a second guest post. If you missed it, be sure and read her first post on the value of storytelling and the use of audiobook primary sources in the classroom here. A little over a year ago, I switched research interests from the study of eighteenth-century contraband trade between Jamaica and […]
“But when fundamentals are doubted, as at present, we must try to recover the candour and wonder of the child; the unspoilt realism of and objectivity of innocence. Or, if we cannot do that, we must try at least to shake off the cloud of mere custom and see the thing as new, if only by seeing it as unnatural.” – G K Chesterton
I am passionate about ensuring that history is taught with a sense of contingency and agency. Seldom is there anything more boring than a recitation of dates and data that »
This rant has been a long time coming. It is occasioned by two tweets. Here is the first: Here is the second (it’s the one in the middle, by Tim Hitchcock): I do not know Simon Schama and Tim Hitchcock. I do admire their work, and the important contributions they have made both to our…
In 1925 the Irish government denied 750,000 people faced famine, however in the West of Ireland several people had already starved to death, recently unearthed state files reveal the details of another disturbing cover up.
In the early 1920s Ireland was in a ruinous state. The war of independence, the civil war and an economic depression were taking their toll on society. An internal government memo of November 1924 painted a grim picture “In Industrial and Commercial occupations some 47,000 are »
The first presidential press conference was a mistake. President Woodrow Wilson’s private secretary, Joseph Tumulty, advised newspapermen in Washington that at 12:45 p.m. on March 15, 1913, the governor—he still called Wilson by his former title—would "look them in the face and chat with them for a few minutes." The new president…
By Jessica Dunkin
In the series’ inaugural post, I gave readers a brief overview of The Home Archivist, a project in which I—a professional historian—process and arrange a collection of nineteenth-century letters. The context in which a collection was produced, what archivists refer to as provenance, is central to these practices of processing and arranging historical documents. But what of the context in which the archivist themself encounters a collection? In this second post, I describe the … »
Guy Woolnough – Keele University
This post accompanies Guy Woolnough’s JVC article ‘Blood Sports in Victorian Cumbria: Policing Cultural Change’, which can be downloaded here.
Cumbria is different and special. This is an opinion that most present-day visitors today will share with the great and good of the 19th century: the Wordsworths, John Ruskin, Harriet Martineau, Matthew Arnold, Beatrix Potter and many more expressed their appreciation of Cumbria’s uniqueness.
George Steadman, circa 190… »
Back in 2007, a team of archaeologists used a nine-month window to investigate a site in the heart of historic Cambridge known to have been occupied since Anglo-Saxon times. The excavation of an area tucked behind All Saints Passage, owned by St John’s College, led to the discovery of a rubble-filled cellar which had lain undisturbed for more than 200 years.
Vicky Holmes – University of Essex
This post accompanies Vicky Holmes JVC 2014 article ‘Accommodating the Lodger: The Domestic Arrangements of Lodgers in Working-Class Dwellings in a Victorian Provincial Town’, which can be downloaded here.
In my article, ‘Accommodating the Lodger: The Domestic Arrangements of Lodgers in Working-Class Dwellings in a Victorian Provincial Town’, I attempt to locate the lodger and reappraise our understanding of their position in working-class homes, including the… »
Daisy Hay is a Lecturer in English Literature and Archival Studies at the University of Exeter, and the author of Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives. She is a practicing biographer with particular interests in the intersection of private and public life in nineteenth-century Britain, and in current developments in life-writing and biographical form. Her new book, Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance, will be published by Chatto & Windus and Farrar, Straus and Giroux… »
On October 20, 1803, the Senate approved a treaty between the United States and the French Republic. This treaty was no small affair. It gave the United States an astonishing 828,000 square miles, doubling the size of the original United States. Since then, people have made much of what seemed a ridiculously low price for the purchase—$15 million, which amounted to about $.04 an acre. But there was a cost to the Louisiana Purchase that is rarely reckoned: with it, the United States bought a cen… »
WASHINGTON—A group of leading historians held a press conference Monday at the National Geographic Society to announce they had "entirely fabricated" ancient Greece, a culture long thought to be the intellectual basis of Western civilization.
Just about a month ago, California became first state in the country to adopt an “affirmative consent” policy for its publicly funded universities and colleges. This bill, signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 28th, requires that “in order to receive state funds,” colleges and universities must adopt policies concerning sexual violence that make the standard for determining the non-violence of a sexual act the “affirmative, conscious, and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual a… »
As an Africanist historian who has long been committed to reaching broader publics, I was thrilled when the research team for the BBC’s popular genealogy program Who Do You Think You Are? contacted me late last February about an episode they were working on that involved mixed race relationships in colonial Ghana.
In this post, Dr. Natalya Vince considers the popular obsession with female fighters, both today and in the past, and examines the gulf that often exists between the image and the reality of women in uniform.
The role of Kurds in Iraq and Syria in fighting Islamic State (IS, alternatively known as ISIS, ISIL or Da‘ech) is currently a major focus in the international media. Particular attention has been paid to women fighters within the Kurdish forces. Last week, multinational retailer H&M was f… »
By Katherine Harvey
In the late twelfth century Gerald of Wales, archdeacon of Brecon and a prolific author, wrote a tract on the proper conduct of the clergy. Gerald was writing only a few decades after the First Lateran Council (1123) had introduced compulsory celibacy for all priests, at a time when the sexual behaviour of the clergy was the subject of considerable scrutiny, and much of the tract is taken up with his thoughts on this theme.
A bishop in bed. (British Library: Royal 10 E IV,… »
Hello everyone! This is the debut of a new weekly feature on the subreddit, so I should explain what we’re all doing here. Each week, on Monday Methods, there will be a different question for people to respond to regarding methodology, or historiography. A lot of people have expressed an interest in greater historiographical content in the subreddit, and this is part of how we intend to promote that sort of content. The idea is that people who choose to post in these threads will end up in disc… »
‘De Herinacio. On the Hedgehog’ the first nature video based on medieval bestiary (‘the Rochester Bestiary’, British Library, Royal 12 F XIII). In Latin with English subs.
Dolls & animation: Ala Nunu Leszyńska/Obrazki nunu Storyboard: Karolina Chabier/kchabier Music: Magda Tejchma Narrated by Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett/Ensemble Peregrina Text after the Latin Physiologus translated by Miłosz Sosnowski
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Saturday, 25 October, will be the sestercentennial of the marriage of Abigail and John Adams. The Abigail Adams Historical Society, Adams National Historical Park, and First Church in Weymouth will commemorate that 250th anniversary with a series of events over the weekend. Those events will take place at the Abigail Adams Birthplace and First Church in Weymouth and at the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy. The schedule includes: Friday, 24 October, 11:00 A.M. Reenactment of the Wedding »
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of Gender & History, a journal of study of gender. To celebrate this milestone for the journal, a new virtual issue has been created featuring highlights from the past 25 years.
The Irish diaspora has a long history of involvement in radical politics in Britain. Their contribution to the labour movement in the form of the Chartists, producing leading lights such as Feargus O’Connor and Bronterre O’Brien; the matchmakers strike in 1888 in East London; the London dockers strike of 1889; the influence of James…
Fabian Klose (Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz)
Johannes Paulmann (Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz)
Andrew Thompson (University of Exeter)
in co-operation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva)
and with support by the German Historical Institute London
Leibniz Institute of European History Mainz
and Archives of the International Committee of Red Cross Geneva
Date: 13-24 July 2015
The Gathering of Visionary Anti-Imperialism. Plenary Meeting, Brussels Congress 1927. Source: Louis Gibarti (Hrsg.), Das Flammenzeichen vom Palais Egmont, Neuer Deutscher Verlag, Berlin (1927)
Fredrik Petersson Åbo Akademi University Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU), Moscow
In 1927, the “First International Congress against Imperialism and Colonialism” convened in Brussels at Palais d’Egmont. The event celebrated the establishment of the League against Imperialism, and as the … »
As you might know, I’ve recently been editing the Digital Periodicals series for Hic Dragones: new serialized eBook editions of classic Victorian penny dreadfuls. Penny dreadfuls (or penny bloods, as they’re also known) were long-running sensational stories, sold for a penny an issue in cheap, pulp newspapers and pamphlets. I estimate that I’ve now edited and formatted around 750,000 sensational words and read around a million more (penny dreadfuls are pretty epic in their length!), so I thought »