We have an absolutely false, energy-consuming, nit-picking attachment to an outdated procedure that now has much more to do with the sad psychology of academe than with the need to guarantee that the research is serious.
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
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…
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…. »
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… »
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 »
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… »
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
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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 … »
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… »
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.
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, … »
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. […]
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 →
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… »
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.
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 »
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Map of the “Panacot” shoal, today’s Scarborough Shoal, 1770. Drawn by Britain’s Royal Hydrographer. National Library of Australia
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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
“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 »
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 […]
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…
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 →
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.
Today’s What We’re Reading features comics that promote public understanding, museum collections, a database on The Simpsons, and much more!
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… »
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, […]
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… »
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… »
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 […]
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… »
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… »
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.
‘”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… »
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… »
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 →
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… »
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.
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… »