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References, Please by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

We have an absolutely false, energy-consuming, nit-picking attachment to an outdated procedure that now has much more to do with the sad psychology of academe than with the need to guarantee that the research is serious.

16 September 2014

The black Victorians: astonishing portraits unseen for 120 years | Art and design | theguardian.com

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From the African Choir posing like Vogue models to an Abyssinian prince adopted by an explorer, a new exhibition spotlights the first black people ever photographed in Britain Hidden histories: the first black people photographed in Britain in pictures Continue reading…

16 September 2014

Same difference? History at University after History at School. | H.E. History Hub

Hooray! The results are in, your place is confirmed & you are OFF TO UNIVERSITY! To do history! Yaaayyyy! The next few weeks will probably pass by in a rush of setting up student bank accounts, arranging logistics with parents or whoever is dropping you off, making sure your accommodation is sorted, going through whatever…

16 September 2014

History’s Smaller and Smaller Pond | edwired

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Last spring I wrote a post called “History’s Future” in which I pointed out the unsettling trends in history enrollments from the 2011-12 IPEDS data. Today, I was reminded of that post, and an earlier on on the gender (enrollment) problem in our field, because the most recent projections from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) called “Projection of Education Statistics to 2021” further reinforce why we should be worried about enrollment data in post-secondary history education….  »

16 September 2014

Collision in (North) Korea | Dave Riley on Sport

In 1995, legendary American professional wrestler, Ric Flair, performed in front of 190,000 people inside May Day Stadium in Pyongyang. Flair headlined a cross-promotional pay-per-view card, a collaboration between New Japan Pro Wrestling (known as New Japan) and American company, World Championship Wrestling (WCW). At Collision in Korea, Flair faced off against the founder of New Japan, Antonio Inoki, in an event branded “wrestling diplomacy”. The whole event caught my attention and threw up a…  »

16 September 2014

Why Should We Care About the Erebus (or Terror)?

by Tina Adcock On the morning of Tuesday, September 9th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced some unexpected and astounding news: that the wreckage of one of Sir John Franklin’s ships, either the Erebus or the Terror, had been located via sonar on the bottom of Queen Maud Gulf, which lies southwest of King William Island in Nunavut. In 1845, Franklin, a captain of the Royal Navy, led a crew of 128 in search of the Northwest Passage. All later died in circumstances that remain unclear to this  »

15 September 2014

The Great Georgian Snuff Debate | Dr Alun Withey

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We’re used to debates about tobacco. In any given week it’s a fair bet that smoking/cigarettes/e-cigarettes will be food for editorial thought. What the UK’s Guardian recently called a ‘global epidemic of tobacco’ is, according to their statistics, a bigger killer than Malaria, TB and AIDS…combined. Recent scare stories have surrounded e-cigarettes, prompting tabloids to ruminate over the question of whether they might even act as baby steps to full-strength cigs. The central problem with tobac…  »

15 September 2014

Making History – The changing face of the profession in Britain

Welcome to the Making History: The changing face of the profession in Britain. A research project from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) which explores the changing faces of the discipline of history in the United Kingdom

15 September 2014

AMA The Curator of Paradise Lost Ask Me Anything : IrishHistory

Hello, my name is Rose Anne White. I recently curated an exhibition in Dublin on the lost landscape of Marino, a suburb in Dublin 3 near Clontarf and Fairview. This landscape is now almost invisible, but was hugely influential and important in the 18th century because of its design influences, the technology it employed, and because of the man behind it – the politically-active First Earl of Charlemont. You can read more about the exhibition at www.paradiselostexhibition.com, and it is open to …  »

15 September 2014

In Academe, the Future Is Part Time – Faculty – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reporters at The Chronicle share the trends they see as the growth of the work force transforms the professoriate.

15 September 2014

Eureka! Historians share their experiences | The History Vault

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We’ve all had a moment like it. That flash of inspiration. That shock of insight. That moment when the stars align and you suddenly understand. Here, eleven historians share the ‘Eureka moment’ that set them on course to specialising in their chosen field. Dr Miranda Kaufmann I remember well the moment that History laid down her gauntlet and challenged me to pursue research into Africans in Early Modern Britain. It was when I read the line ‘There are of late divers blackamoors brought into this…  »

15 September 2014

BBC News – The photographer who rejected racism in the American south

Hugh Mangum, a photographer from North Carolina, defied racial segregation in the early 1900s and opened up his studio to people from all walks of life

15 September 2014

New Statesman | Mistress, Miss, Mrs or Ms: untangling the shifting history of women’s titles

In a paper published in the autumn issue of History Workshop Journal Dr Amy Erickson unravels the fascinating history of the titles used to address women. Her research reveals the subtle and surprising shifts that have taken place in the usage of those ubiquitous M-words.

14 September 2014

The British far left and Scottish devolution in 1979 | Hatful of History

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As the referendum on Scottish independence draws ever closer, Phil BC over at ‘All That is Solid’ (formerly A Very Public Sociologist) has done an excellent job of summarising the positions of the main Trotskyist groups in Britain on Scottish independence. Furthermore, someone on the Leftist Trainspotters mailing list summarised the three possible positions taken by nearly all the far left groups in the UK on the topic: YES: Counterfire, ISG (Scotland), SWP, SPEW, rs21 (inc. IS Scotland), SSP, …  »

14 September 2014

Engineering a Liberal Education | s-usih.org

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In his guest essay on this blog last Thursday, Fred Beuttler suggested that there is “another cultural battle in which most of us are still in the middle of,” a battle of “not so much Culture Wars, but rather C. […]

14 September 2014

Ten Reasons To Be Grateful You Are Not Living In The Eighteenth Century | Cambridge Library Collection Blog

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It’s very easy to wish yourself back to a particular historical period or event: I do it the whole time. But every so often you come across an important corrective to the idyll. One such is William Withering’s An Account … Continue reading →

14 September 2014

(When) Should Children be Told the Facts of Life? | Ciara Meehan: Historian, Author, Researcher

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In my latest research into everyday lives in the 1960s using women’s magazines as my main source, I have noticed repeated references to the facts of life and different debates about the extent to which children should receive sex education. During the week I stumbled across the 2006 main report from the Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships, and was intrigued to see what this modern report said about ‘Learning About Sex’ (the title of chapter three). The authors note, ‘a number of stud…  »

13 September 2014

The Real Tudors- Display

In viewing the First World War through images of the many individuals involved, The Great War in Portraits looks at the radically different roles, experiences, and, ultimately, destinies, of those caught up in the conflict.

13 September 2014

‘If ever there was hell, Dartmoor was hell’: One Man’s Account of Victorian Prison Life | Voices from Broadmoor

My previous post dealt with feigning insanity and Broadmoor and it was shown that one of the reasons Broadmoor patients reportedly feigned (or in some cases developed) madness was the brutality of the Victorian prison regime. One of the cases briefly referred to was that of habitual criminal J.D. – a man whose hatred of prison led him to feign insanity. This post briefly outlines J.D.’s alleged prison experience prior to his transfer to Broadmoor. In August 1890, J. D. broke into Dartmoor prison  »

13 September 2014

This Week’s New York History Web Highlights | The New York History Blog

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On Friday afternoons New York History compiles for our readers the best stories about New York history from around the web. You can find all our weekly web round-ups here. Subscribe! More than 7,500 people follow The New York History Blog via E-mail, RSS, or Twitter or Facebook updates. Make a Contribution! The New York […]

13 September 2014

This Week’s Top Picks in Imperial & Global History | Imperial & Global Forum

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Map of the “Panacot” shoal, today’s Scarborough Shoal, 1770. Drawn by Britain’s Royal Hydrographer. National Library of Australia Marc-William Palen History Department, University of Exeter Follow on Twitter @MWPalen From using historical maps to thwart Chinese expansion, to the world’s retreat from globalization, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history. The Philippines Hopes Ancient Maps Will Prove Territorial Claims Against China Lily Kuo Quartz (h/t @WarrenDockter) Yest…  »

13 September 2014

The South was Good Enough

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“They lived from the inside out, fashioning and developing a value system that Whites could neither constrict or control. For them, as for Hurston, [Black] life was more than a response to White injustice. They lived by their own yardstick and measure of their own worth, while rejecting White definitions for their humanity and capabilities… Considered escapism by some critics and politically naïve by others, this worldview, while incomplete and unbalanced in an industrialized world, was tailored  »

13 September 2014

Round Table on *The Dream of a Democratic Culture*: The Author Responds | s-usih.org

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Today is the final installment of our roundtable on The Dream of a Democratic Culture. Today Tim Lacy responds to the roundtable reviews by Robert Delfino, Bryan McAllister-Grande, and Fred Beuttler. Also, for those of you looking for the latest […]

13 September 2014

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13 September 2014

Working Papers & Resources | History of Wealth

Working Papers The death duties in Britain, 1859–1930: evidence from the Annual Reports of the Commissioners of the Inland Revenue Family, property transmission and the state, 1859–1930 (coming soon!) Making a will in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain (coming soon!) Where there’s a will, there’s a way: understanding the transmission of wealth at death…

13 September 2014

History in Miniature — About

About “ They’re cheap, mass-produced, and often undeniably kitsch, but souvenirs play a crucial role in shaping contemporary perceptions of our global heritage. From snow globes to fridge magnets,…

12 September 2014

Call for comments: why is public history as it is where you are? | thehistoricalimperative

Last year, Arnita Jones and I met at possibly the finest scone cafe in the world (or at least Canada) to discuss the first public history roundtable to be held at an International Congress of the Historical Sciences.  The organisers’ … Continue reading →

12 September 2014

London’s first ‘poverty map’ in 1899 shows a very different city to today – UK – News – The Independent

A handful of fascinating old maps of London have been released showing the divisions of rich and poor, the first attempts at a large-scale survey of the city and the last attempt to depict every single building in the capital.

12 September 2014

What We’re Reading: September 11, 2014

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Today’s What We’re Reading features comics that promote public understanding, museum collections, a database on The Simpsons, and much more! Historical Understanding The Ineffable Joy of Transforming Boring Scientific Explanations into Exciting Comics Entomologist Jay Hosler tackles scientific explanation via comic and explains how illustration can help aid the growth of public understanding. Isis Jihadis Aren’t Medieval—They Are Shaped by Modern Western Philosophy Kevin McDonald suggests looki…  »

12 September 2014

Revisions, Revisions – Elizabeth M. Covart | Elizabeth M. Covart

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Have you ever reached a point in your writing where it seems like no matter what words you put on to the page, they just rehash the same ideas and the same words over and over? By mid-August I had reached that point with Chapter 1 of my book. It was a brand new chapter, […]

12 September 2014

What is teleology, and why is it regarded as flawed methodology for the study of history? : AskHistorians

So I’m a final-year music student, and my dissertation is going to be on 1959 in Jazz. I’ve been warned that to start off with the (view)point that 1959 was a seminal year in the genre would be flawed, as I "detach myself from the contingencies of history". I’m not too sure what that means. If someone could ELI5 my question as well as give a detailed answer, that would be awesome. There are a couple of other things I’d like to ask, too, but I appreciate if you can’t point me in the right direct…  »

11 September 2014

The Great Authorial Hook-Up Chart — The Airship

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The Great Authorial Hook-Up Chart (Click to enlarge) When you think of the literary world, "sex appeal" isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. But your favorite authors weren’t just using their imaginations when it came to writing about sex. A little digging will show that French novelist Colette had an affair with her stepson, Simone de Beauvoir recruited lovers for her husband and everyone else was basically hooking up with each other. As you can see on the chart above, it does…  »

11 September 2014

Preserving Black History, Americans Care For National Treasures At Home : NPR

The relics of African-American families help tell the story of America, the Smithsonian says. Museum experts are traveling the country to help identify and care for items of cultural significance.

11 September 2014

Further Notes on the "Passion for the Real" | s-usih.org

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Last week, I tried to sketch out some of the main features of Jacques Lacan’s theory of registers (the Imaginary, Symbolic, and Real). I promised to return with a discussion of Alain Badiou’s book The Century, and its argument that […]

11 September 2014

The Civil War Letters of Captain James Fleming, Part 2: With Hawkins’ Zouaves at Newport News | Irish in the American Civil War

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In the first of the James Fleming letters the man from Larne, Co. Antrim described his emigration to Canada in 1857 and the first weeks of his new life across the Atlantic. We join him nearly four years later. Now settled in New York, James writes home to Ulster to tell his family of his ‘change of business’- he is now an officer serving with the 9th New York Infantry in Virginia. The letter, written from Newport News, Virginia, describes camp life and the beauty of the Virginia countryside. Ja…  »

11 September 2014

Artist Kevin Weir Creates Ghostly Animated GIFs Using Archival Photos from the Library of Congress | Colossal

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Starting this month Verizon FiOS customers can get upload speeds every bit as fast as their download speeds. Since that means faster, easier sharing of high-res illustrations, designs, and photos, FiOS is sponsoring a series of posts on Colossal to help us commission and share these super hi-res animated GIFs from some of the most amazing artists we could find. Art director and designer Kevin Weir uses historical black and white photographs forgotten to time as the basis for his qui…  »

11 September 2014

China’s Forgotten World War II: A Q&A with Rana Mitter | The LARB Blog

By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham As my last China Blog column was on China’s forgotten World War I, I decided that an examination of the country’s involvement in World War II would make for a logical follow-up post. There’s no one better to discuss this topic than Oxford historian Rana Mitter, author of Forgotten Ally: China’s World […] The post China’s Forgotten World War II: A Q&A with Rana Mitter appeared first on The LARB Blog.

11 September 2014

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class …

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Should one of the world’s richest men get to dictate the future of how we learn about our past?

11 September 2014

Archive Work (Part One of Three) | williamgpooley

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‘”You mean, Dick,” a plumber said to Richard Sennett, “you mean you make a good living by sitting around and thinking? By what right? Now don’t take that personally- I mean, I’m sure you’re a smart fellow and all that- but that’s really the life, not having to break your balls for someone else.”’ I’ve always liked this little anecdote which the sociologists Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb included in their classic book The Hidden Injuries of Class. It’s good for a self-conscious chuckle to my…  »

10 September 2014

“Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'”: Slavery, Capitalism, and The Economist | Jim Downs

The brouhaha surrounding Bapitst’s book, nevertheless, offers an opportunity to consider what is at stake in this allegedly new move to consider the history of capitalism in the context of slavery….

10 September 2014

Digital History Center Strives to Connect With the Public – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Historians use technology to lure citizen researchers into the discipline and open the door to innovation by younger scholars.

10 September 2014

W.D. Kinnear – World Amateur Sculling Champion | Hear The Boat Sing

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In May 2012, HTBS’s Tim Koch published a 20-page booklet about W.D. Kinnear of Kensington RC, a club that later would combine with Auriol RC to become what is now Auriol Kensington RC, Tim’s club located at Hammersmith Bridge. In the summer of 2012, Auriol Kensington RC celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Kinnear’s Olympic gold medal in the single sculls at the Stockholm Games. Tim’s W.D. Kinnear – World Amateur Sculling Champion is an entertaining, well-written booklet about one of Great Br…  »

10 September 2014

Pen, Ink, and Pedagogy | The Recipes Project

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Amanda E. Herbert I teach an undergraduate seminar on gender in early modern Britain, and throughout the semester, students learn about the ways that people in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries worked to differentiate women from men.  We talk … Continue reading →

10 September 2014

Lost Franklin expedition ship found in the Arctic – Politics – CBC News

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says one of Canada’s greatest mysteries now has been solved, with the discovery of one of the lost ships from Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition.

10 September 2014

Prologue: Pieces of History » Shorter Skirts and Shoulder Pads: How World War II Changed Women’s Fashion

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Today’s post comes from Marisa Hawley, intern in the National Archives Strategy and Communications office. As part of the “six weeks of style” celebration to recognize the Foundation for the National Archives’ partnership with DC Fashion Week, we are showcasing fashion-related records from our holdings. This week’s fashion theme is Women and the War: 1940s Fashion. Women’s Work Safety Fashion Bulletin, October 1942. (National Archives at Atlanta) During World War II, the United States experie…  »

10 September 2014

Current Students | HGIS Lab

The Historical GIS Laboratory is currently home to: Patrick CHasse, HISTORY PH.D. STUDENT Patrick is a Ph.D. candidate studying environmental history in Guatemala. He graduated with an M.A. in hist…

10 September 2014

Hand of history could yet steer young people of Scotland to brave independence – Independent.ie

The Scottish independence referendum is being fought against the backdrop of two significant historical anniversaries which are deeply ingrained in Scotland’s national psyche.

10 September 2014

Social networks 1450-1850: an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Sheffield 16-17 July 2015 | The Department of History

The conference is a two-day event, which brings together historically minded scholars with an interest in social networks from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to explore the concepts, methodologies, and findings of their research. Confirmed speakers: Edward Muir, Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences (Northwestern) Emily Erikson, Assistant Professor of Sociology (Yale) Mark Philp, Professor of History (Warwick). The call for papers is available here on the conference webs…  »

10 September 2014