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… »
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…
‘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 »
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 … »
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
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 »
Summer blockbusters seem to proceed in pairs—the dueling volcano films, the competing asteroid films, and so on—and in 2013 the trend continued with a pair of action films in which 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. came under assault. The early entrant was March’s Olympus Has Fallen, with disgraced Secret Service agent (and Scotsman!) Gerard Butler fighting terrorists who take the president (Morgan Freeman) and White House hostage; in June came White House Down, in which the president himself (Jamie Foxx)… »
The following is a guest post from Nicole Hemmer, who is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Miami and a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She also writes for media outlets, […]
An unlimited, free supply of beer – it sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But when it is over one million litres in volume and in a tidal wave at least 15 feet high, as it was in the London Beer Flood on 17 October 1814, the prospect seems less appealing.
We are an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership of six Universities in the Midlands with £14.6M AHRC funding for UK/EU doctoral students in the arts and humanities. We offer collaborative doctoral training and funding through the Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Training Partnership scheme.
Whilst I strongly advocate not poking fun at the medical beliefs and practices of our ancestors, now and again it does no harm to remind ourselves of just how…unusual they could sometimes appear. And so I give you my top ten early modern recipes!
10) An excellent good medisian for an Eye that is bruised or blood shott by any crust Take ass soon as the eye is hurt; take a house pidgin & cut ye vain that is under the winge & let it bleed into a sauser: and while it is hot wett some cloth and pres… »
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From the West’s decline to globalizing time, here are this week’s top picks in imperial and global history.
The Western Model is Broken
Pankaj Mishra Guardian
“So far, the 21st century has been a rotten one for the western model,” according to a new book, The Fourth Revolution, by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge. This seems an extraordinary admission from two editors of the Economist, the flag-bearer … »
<p><strong>Thirty years after the publication of Peter Fryer’s Staying Power, immigration is still a hotly contested topic, while slavery continues to dominate popular perceptions of Black British History. New research is revealing different stories, but how is this being presented in Britain’s classrooms and museums? We need a conversation between those actively involved in researching and communicating the history of peoples of African origin and descent in Britain about what it means to us …
Women in Early America [Thomas A. Foster, Jennifer L. Morgan, Carol Berkin] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <em>Women in Early America</em>, edited by Thomas A. Foster, tells the fascinating stories of the myriad women who shaped the early modern North American world from the colonial era through the first years of the Republic. This volume goes beyond the familiar stories of Pocahontas or Abigail Adams
Tablet Reading. Source: Pabak Sarkar, Flickr Commons
By Sean Kheraj
As more of our reading moves from print to screens, learning how to write on the Web will become an increasingly important part of history writing skills. Just as we teach fundamental research and writing skills for print essays, we will likely begin to teach digital writing skills for the Web. Writing for the Web will also become an important component of teaching public history (as it has already).
These are some of the assum… »
By Ian Darnell
On September 12, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) held a symposium to honor the career of Professor Emeritus John D’Emilio. Early in the day, Pippa Holloway—once D’Emilio’s research assistant and student—observed that a hallmark of D’Emilio’s work was that he engaged historical sources “emotionally and intellectually,” “with his head and his heart.”
John D’Emilio was awarded the OAH 2013 Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service A… »
By Michaela Zöschg in Art History and Architecture. This conference seeks to compare, contrast and juxtapose scholarly approaches to the art of Medieval and Renaissance religious women that have emerged in recent decades. Seeking to initiate a