These images of late-medieval and early-modern parade entrants come from the city of Nuremberg, in Bavaria (present-day Germany). The manuscript, created in the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century and available online through the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digital collections, contains illustrations of parade participants, jousting contestants, and pageant sleighs. It’s a…
Female warriors certainly are media friendly, with numerous films, television series, video games, books, and comic books dedicated to Amazons, Jeanne d’Arc, medieval warrior queens, and fantasy warrior princesses.
Historians are struggling to compete with this avalanche of imagery of female warriors at a time when women are increasingly serving as soldiers in modern armies around the world. Women and war has now become a major field of research in history and the humanities.
National Geogra… »
The title for this blog post is taken from John Mayne’s poem “Hallowe’en” which was published in 1780. This work was a major influence on Robert Burns’ more famous, totemic poem of the same name which appeared in 1785. Mayne’s wise observation that Halloween customs vary (like all cultures and languages) with the times, has not been widely accepted. Instead Halloween has become a sort of battleground over identity, politics and nationality, with dubious claims thrown into the mix that its orig… »
Anne Janhunen, a PhD Candidate in the Department of History, has joined our HGIS Lab team. Anne, whose own research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth century land use in Ontario as it relates to Indigenous communities, will be working for Jim Clifford, mapping industrial development in nineteenth century London.
“Women and the Great Hunger” conference to take place June 3-6, 2015
Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute’s conference to be held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in June.
The conference will examine the role of women during a period of sustained hunger or famine. The Institute is delighted to have three prominent and distinguished keynote speakers: Jason King, PhD, of Galway University; Ciarán Reilly, PhD, of Maynooth University; and Margaret Ward, PhD, of Queen’s University, Be… »
Arkadaşlarınla ve diğer etkileyici kişiler ile iletişim kur. İlgini çeken konulardaki güncellemelerden anında haberdar ol. Ve öne çıkan olayları gelişmeleriyle birlikte, gerçek zamanlı olarak ve her yönüyle izle.
What follows is a version of the talk I gave as part of a plenary at the most recent S-USIH Conference in Indianapolis on the topic: “The Ideology Problem in Teaching and Scholarship.” I was joined on the panel by […]
Untitled One (Detroit Book Depository), James Griffioen
8:30 – 9:15: Registration & Coffee
9:15 – 9:25: Welcome and Introductions
9:30 – 11:00: Session 1
The Politics of Failure in the Archives: A Roundtable Discussion
Lisa Jardine (UCL)
Heiba Lamara and Hudda Khaireh, One of My Kind Small Press (http://oomk.net/about)
Cathy Collins, Endangered Archives Project, British Library (http://eap.bl.uk/database/map.a4d)
11:00 – 11:25: Coffee, Tea, and Discussion of Pitches for Group Plenary
Blog 24: “Port Geography at the Crossroads”
Cloistered subfields predictably produce cloistered scholarship. Cloistered scholarship is, as a rule, quite dull. Why, then, does cloistering exercise such a fatal attraction for so many academics?
A new article in the Journal of Transport Geography confronts this dilemma in an unusually honest way. “Port Geography at the Crossroads”—co-authored by nine academics based variously in Canada, France, Belgium, the UK, the USA, and China—is an open le… »
London Electoral History 1700-1850 including LEH database, study of Metropolitan London’s steps towards democracy, votes cast by electors (Civic & Parliamentary elections). Incl. Middlesex, Westminster, Marylebone …
On 22 March 1697, ‘there were a great many fighting Cocks carried through Coxall on horsback in linen baggs’. So wrote Joseph Bufton in one of his eleven surviving notebooks.
Watching two birds tear each other apart: not as much fun as you might imagine
But this odd little memorandum was not an isolated scribbling. It was, in fact, just one of about 180 entries in his Coggeshall chronicle, which he began in February 1678 and continued to May 1697. In it, we find festive cele… »
By Sean Graham
Full disclosure: I live in Ottawa and regularly walk past Parliament Hill and the National War Memorial on my way to Library and Archives Canada. For me, last Wednesday was a surreal day and in the week since the majority of the people with whom I have spoke have agreed with that assessment. Throughout the day I was confused, sad, scared, and angry. I was locked down in a building at Rideau and Dalhousie Streets (about 4 or 5 blocks from the memorial) and yet as I walked home ar… »
Wednesday Link Roundup: Links to the most interesting history, news, and writing posts that passed through my RSS and Twitter feeds over the last week. History Don N. Hagist shared “10 Remarkable Runaway Ads” for slaves. Escape Coffins?! Mental Floss offered “7 Weird Graveyard Inventions.” Massachusetts Historical Society Library Assistant Olivia Mandica-Hart shared details about the formation […]
The following is a guest post by Richard H. King, Emeritus Professor in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, and author of several books, including Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals, 1940-1970, and a forthcoming book on Hannah Arendt in America. […]
The research program “Humanitarian Policy Group” at the British research institute ODI (Overseas Development Institute) in London has recently published the first results of its project on “The global history of humanitarian action”, focusing on the history of humanitarian action in the Middle East and North Africa.
This study, edited by Eleanor Davey and Eva Svoboda, offers interesting insights into both the still unexplored history of humanitarianism in the Arab World and its important links … »
A century ago in the Jim Crow South, conservatives were using the same charges of fraud to disenfranchise black voters
Election time, folks, and voter suppression is all the rage. As you no doubt recall, the last election cycle witnessed a host of efforts to restrict access to the ballot box. Limiting polling hours, restricting the use of absentee ballots, and forbidding voting on the same day one is registered – Republicans across the nation championed all these measures.
By far the most insid… »
The report from our project, working with 11 ECRs to understand their experiences of working on the Connected Communities programme, is available here:
Connecting Epistemologies Report
The executive summary of the report is below. We hope the report will be downloaded, discussed and disseminated widely and we welcome feedback! Leave comments on the blog, tweet to us or drop us an email.
Helen Graham, Katie Hill, Peter Matthews, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor
Early career researchers (ECRs) »
I’m thrilled to announce that The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice has just surpassed 1 million hits. Wow, what a journey it’s been! I’m constantly surprised by the interest this site generates each and every year, and am deeply grateful to you, my readers, for your continued love of medical history. In honour of this milestone, I’ve put together some fun stats about The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice.
Incidentally, if you enjoy this site and want to help support the free content I provide here so that I can c… »
By Rachel Gordan
In 1949, Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male became a bestseller and sparked a widespread conversation about sexual norms and sexual variance in the US. Kinsey’s 1953 volume on Sexual Behavior in the Human Female was even more explosive as it challenged widely held views of female sexuality. Kinsey’s dry and data-filled unexpected bestsellers successfully touched a nerve in American culture, even reaching into the subculture of Orthodox Jews. While it would be an … »
Modern concern about the spread of virulent diseases like Ebola is nothing new. People of every era understood that diseases could spread from place to place, even though how they spread was poorly understood. In the colonial period, a different African disease, yellow fever, struck fear in the hearts of men and women throughout the colonies, particularly along the coasts. One of the worst yellow fever epidemics in the colonial period took place in Philadelphia in 1793, when more than 4000 peop… »
I’ve been thinking about dowries and trousseaus a bit lately. While the dowry was on the decline by the 1950s, most Italian women still married with a corredo or trousseau. Traditionally this was a collection of hand-sewn linens and typically included bed sheets and pillow cases as well as towels, napkins and table cloths. A girl might work steadily on her corredo throughout her adolescence. Sandro lived in a village south of Rome and met his wife in the late 1950s; he knew she was responsible … »
Editor’s Note: The following is our second review of Kathryn Lofton’s S-USIH Conference keynote address on Bob Dylan. It comes from Nicolette Gableis, a PhD candidate in the American Studies Program at the College of William and Mary. She is […]
Homepage of the “Slavery at South Carolina College” website.
In the final post of this series, we consider how the “Slavery at South Carolina College” project has been received. The most important effects have been local. The website has acted as a catalyst that has increased awareness of slavery at the university and an interest among students and faculty in speaking plainly about that history. The Richland County Public Library invited the team that created the site to present the research to… »
Editor’s Note: Today we’ll be featuring two takes on Kathryn Lofton’s terrific keynote address from the recently concluded S-USIH Conference, “‘I Don’t Want to Fake You Out’: Bob Dylan and the Search for Belief in History.” Lofton, a Professor of […]
Four nations and a constitution: the Conference on Devolution, 1919-1920
Adam Evans (Cardiff University) examines the 1919-1920 Speaker’s Conference on Devolution through a four nations lens and its impact on government in the United Kingdom. What would the ramifications and results be of a constitutional convention today?
Rather than providing a moment of closure, the NO vote in the Scottish independence referendum appears to have fired the starting gun for a potentially far-reaching and perha… »
Editor’s Note: This post is intended to bring attention to the exciting new direction of the Book Review section of the S-USIH blog. Make sure to check out some of our recent posts based off of panels and plenary sessions […]
Editor’s Note: This is another in our ongoing series of guest posts reporting on panels from the recently concluded Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference in Indianapolis. The following is a review of the opening plenary session for the recent […]
This intriguing study looks at a time when the very act of smiling was improper and radical and the moment when this changed
In the autumn of 1787, gallery-going Parisians didn’t know where to look. On the walls of the Louvre hung a self-portrait by the eminent artist Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. In some ways the painting was deeply conventional. Mme Vigée Le Brun was dandling her infant daughter on her knee in a gesture that managed to invoke both the Virgin Mary and the new bourgeois ideal… »