As History Lab Plus has expanded its remit over the last few years, we have collaborated with a range of institutions and professional organisations to ensure a voice for early-career historians in wider discussions about the future of the discipline, on issues including open-access publishing, postdoctoral funding and employment and postgraduate training, amongst many others. One issue, however, which has been raised by our members more than any other has been the proliferation of short-term t… »
Joseph Bufton spent a lot of time thinking about God. He assiduously went along to hear sermons by the local vicar and by travelling preachers. He read scores of books and pamphlets offering religious guidance. What’s more, he filled many volumes with notes and extracts from these sermons and published texts. He even tried his hand at spiritual poetry, with decidedly unimpressive results.
What, then, do we know about Bufton’s faith?
The (mostly) 15th-century parish church in wh… »
In the chapter I’m working on now, I’m situating the history of Stanford’s undergraduate curriculum from the 1890s to the 1980s alongside (or within) the history of American liberalism. Alas, no one has (yet) published The Big Book of American […]
Under the shadow of Exeter Castle, a sea of besom brooms and black hats stretched as far as the eye can see. The smell of jasmine incense filled the air. At one point a collective cackle was heard. The Grand Witches’ Tea Party was under way.
It is my pleasure to introduce Peter Cajka for today’s exciting guest post. Peter is a PhD candidate in the Boston College History Department. He studies religion in American history. He is a Graduate Fellow with the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy. Peter Cajka
With the exception of 1967, the Psychology Department at Fordham University had sponsored a conference every other year since 1955 as part of a running series called the “Pastoral Psychology Institute.” An edited volume … »
Blogging carnivals, like those hosted by Sharon Howard, began to appear in the early 2000s. The carnivalesque is a suggestive way of thinking about the transformative potential of social media. By orchestrating multiple voices blogging has a levelling effect, breaking down traditional hierarchies separating amateur and professional, young and old, new and established, theorist and practitioner, reader and writer. The carnivalesque and levelling qualities of blogging have been seized by early mo… »
In a letter I received as an email attachment last night, Anita Levy of the AAUP agrees with many of us that Steven Salaita was shafted (not the word she used.) Levy also points out that, although Salaita’s #HireFire is widely believed to be an outcome of his Tweets on Gaza, University of Illinois Chancellor Phyllis Wise gave him no reasons for her unwillingness to bring the appointment before the board of trustees, other than her belief that there would not be a positive vote. Most importantly, »
Dug-Out Canoes: Rewriting Adirondack History Jim Blackburn: The Memory of the Mahican The Onrust: Sailing Back in Time Port Henry Diner: Once A Moveable Feast 12 Years a Slave and the Law of Slavery Clinton Historical Society: Worth A Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder: Revealing Memoir Published Furthur Bus Rolled Through NYC: Gothamist Architecture: Adirondack Great […]
The National Council on Public History invites nominations for their Outstanding Public History Project Award.
Acknowledging the value of historical understanding to the general public, and the fact that this understanding results from a variety of public history projects, the National Council on Public History’s Outstanding Public History Project Award recognizes excellence in work completed within the previous two calendar years (2013 and 2014) that contributes to a broader public reflection … »
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From knowing your history to looting the White House, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.
Does It Help to Know History?
Adam Gopnik New Yorker
About a year ago, I wrote about some attempts to explain why anyone would, or ought to, study English in college. The point, I thought, was not that studying English gives anyone some practical advantage on non-English majors, but that it ena… »
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Writing for The New Yorker in a piece published this morning, Adam Gopnik asks “Does It Help To Know History?” I love it when these kinds of big philosophical questions are posed in highly public fora. Let’s analyze Gopnik’s answer—paragraph […]
Todays report on hospital food standards emphasises the struggle we seem to have providing good food to modern patients: yet medieval patients got personalised diets, fresh figs, local honey and chicken in saffron stew, so whats gone wrong?
Tomorrow The Washington Post will publish my review of Francisco Goldman’s new book The Interior Circuit. (It’s already available online here.) Like his previous work, it is beautifully written, brutally honest, and original. Part memoir, part chronicle, the book paints a vivid picture of Mexico City, while also exploring the enduring grief — and love — Goldman feels for his wife more than five years after her death.
There was much I wanted to say that didn’t fit into a 900-word review, includi… »
In the wake of events in Ferguson, Chris Rock’s 2000 clip on “how not to get your ass kicked by the police” has been making the rounds on social media. Take a look:
It’s a very funny bit. Yes, don’t do stupid shit around the cops, and that will decrease your likelihood of receiving an ass-kicking.
But of course the critical lesson of Ferguson and related incidents is that too often an ass-kicking is not really contingent on one’s own choices. Race and criminality are so deeply, but variably, … »
Martin Robson’s A History of the Royal Navy: The Napoleonic Wars is a valuable addition to the new history of the Royal Navy series published by I.B. Tauris in association with the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Robson’s contribution to this authoritative series is a concise yet comprehensive analysis of the role of the Royal Navy in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars from the declaration of war in 1793 to the bombardment of Algiers in 1816. However this is much more than simply… »
So I’ve been reading a lot of pushback against the new AP US history curriculum lately, much of it from the political right, and almost all of it lamenting the lack of emphasis on “American Exceptionalism” or “what made the country great.” A good amount of it is the standard hand-wringing along the lines of “Where are all the famous white people? George Washington was more important than Harriet Tubman, for Crissakes!” and “We’re the good guys [and it is always 'we' in these screeds]! Democra… »
It’s been a tough few months for historians of the First World War: events to commemorate the centenary started early and fast. Now that there’s only a little over a week to go before we get to some actual anniversaries, the pattern at least of the early responses to the centenary is becoming clearer. And frankly, if you believe that history ought to have some correspondence with facts, there are worrying signs. With a few notable exceptions*, many of the outputs from Whitehall and associated q… »
More than 3,000 maps of cities, battles and landscapes—representing a millennium of history—have been georeferenced by the British Library. That means it’s now possible to see the precise locations of historic places and events in the context of today’s world.
Last month, archaeologists on the Greek island of Ithaca found a couple of dicks etched into a cliff face at the Bay of Vathy. Aside from their age, what made the finding unique was the archeologists’…
Note: The writing below is a reworking of material I presented here a couple of weeks ago. It is mostly new, but includes some passages that might be familiar. I have opted to present this essay in its current form–in […]
Today’s guest poster, Spencer McBride, received his PhD at Louisiana State University in 2014 and is now a historian and documentary editor at the Joseph Smith Papers. His research examines the politicization of clergymen during the American Revolution and in the early American republic. In my work at The Joseph Smith Papers, I have recently […]
by Dan Royles
In 2012, the FDA approved Truvada, a popular antiretroviral drug, for use by HIV-negative people to prevent infection. The use of Truvada for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, has been controversial. Veteran AIDS activist Larry Kramer has called HIV-negative gay men who elect to take the drug “cowardly.” Some gay men on PrEP have pushed back against such criticism by reclaiming the slur “Truvada whore.” This debate harkens back to conflicts within the gay community during the… »
In March 1964, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. interviewed his famously private friend Jacqueline Kennedy over the course of eight-and-a-half hours about her life, her husband’s legacy, and their years in the White House. The 34-year-old former first lady had been widowed just four months when she spoke candidly with Schlesinger, who had also been [...]
IN SEARCH OF HISTORY
We go in search of history and find
a guillotine at a garage sale where the lady
of the house in curlers and stretch pants
sits in a lawn chair knitting, knitting.
The guillotine is ugly but has historic
value, we say, and take it home
to replace the wagon wheel in the yard,
but we can’t get the damned thing to work.
Nobody told us the lubricant of history
is blood. We thought it was money.
Is Grandma’s pickle crock historical?
How much is it worth? Could… »
Introduction Three prisoners are about to be executed by firing squad. The sergeant in charge of the execution approaches each of them, asking if they want to be blindfolded. He asks the first: “Do you want a blindfold?” “Yes,” comes […]