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Death’s Doll: The World’s Most Beautiful Mummy « The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice

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They call her ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ the world’s most beautiful mummy. Rosalia Lombardo died from pneumonia in 1920 at the tender age of 2. Her body was embalmed by Alfredo Salafia (below), put into a glass coffin, and placed inside the Capuchin Catacombs in Palermo, Italy. If it were not for the oxidizing amulet of the Virgin Mary resting atop her blanket, you would swear she had died a few days ago. Very little is known about Rosalia’s life, and, until recently, even less was known about Salafia’s  »

18 April 2014

ExecutedToday.com » 1859: Tantia Tope, Indian independence hero

This is the sesquecentennial of Tantia Topi’s hanging for what is sometimes called India’s First War of Independence. Tantia Topi — there are many variations of the name — commanded Indian troops…

18 April 2014

Science, Democracy, and the Ironies of Pseudoscience | s-usih.org

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a review by Tim Lacy The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe by Michael D. Gordin 304 pages. University of Chicago Press, 2012 To enter the thought world of Immanuel Velikovsky, the Velikovskians, and Velikovskianism […]

18 April 2014

History A’la Carte 4-17-14 – Random Bits of Fascination

Welcome to History a’la Carte’ where I get to share a video and my favorite history links of the week with you.   This week Medieval birth,medieval diapers and newborn care, and a shilling to rewrite Canadian history,  a few of your options in this weeks’ serving of History a’la carte’.   *~*~*~*~*~*Regency*~*~*~*~*~* Queen Charlotte’s … Continue reading » The post History A’la Carte 4-17-14 appeared first on Random Bits of Fascination.

18 April 2014

Postdoctoral Researchers – National University of Ireland, Galway – jobs.ac.uk

Project:  The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700 (RECIRC) The National University of Ireland, Galway is…

18 April 2014

Just published: Was ist Homosexualität? Forschungsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und Perspektiven – Department of History

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Jennifer Evans has just published an edited volume on the history of homosexuality in Germany together with three German-speaking experts in the field. The handbook, Was ist Homosexualität? Forschungsgeschichte, gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen und Perspektiven, in English What is Homosexuality? Research, Social Development, and Societal Perspectives (Männerschwarm 2014), is designed for a crossover audience. It provides an introduction to debates about the way same-sex sexuality has been percei…  »

18 April 2014

Yes, Virginia, there was an American Enlightenment « The Junto

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Michael D. Hattem responds to a panel on the state of the field of "the transatlantic Enlightenment in America" at the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting.

18 April 2014

Gaol Fever | Crime in the Community

A guest post by Adrian Teal, who will be well known to some readers as a caricaturist with leanings towards the 18th century… When you’re spending three years hunting down scandalous true stories for a spoof Georgian tabloid called The … Continue reading →

18 April 2014

iTunes – Podcasts – Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Podcast by CHOMI

Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes for free from Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Podcast by CHOMI on the iTunes Store.

18 April 2014

Let’s Vote: Voting at the Whitechapel Fine Art Exhibitions – Lucinda Matthews-Jones

I was recently standing in front of a computer screen with my finger poised, but hovering. I was voting for my favourite poster at the London Transport Museum’s special exhibition ‘Poster Art 150: …

17 April 2014

Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History by Richard J Evans review – a ruthless, forensic demolition | Books | The Guardian

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Evans’s rigorous demolition of what-if? narratives decries counterfactual history as a fundamentally reactionary pursuit The official pretext for the Russian TV station Dozhd, or TV Rain, being taken off air as part of the Putin regime’s recent crackdown on independent media was a counterfactual. A poll asked viewers if it would have been better if the city of Leningrad had surrendered to the Nazis in 1941. If it had, the reasoning goes, its inhabitants might not have endured a horrifying 900-d…  »

17 April 2014

Internship in the Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts Section – Medieval manuscripts blog

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer an internship in the Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts section of the History and Classics Department for a doctoral or post-doctoral student in history, history of art, medieval language or other relevant subject. Detail of a miniature of a woman reading…

17 April 2014

Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion by Mary McCartin Wearn

Focusing primarily on non-canonical texts, this collection takes up the diversity of religious discourse in nineteenth-century women’s literature and articulates how American women writers adopted the language of religious sentiment for their own cultural, political or spiritual ends. The contributors examine fiction, political and religious writings, memoirs, and poetry to reveal the complexities of lived religion in women’s culture-both its repressive and its revolutionary potential.

17 April 2014

Terrae Inblognitae: Women, exploration and discovery: Special panel/issue to be published in Terrae Incognitae

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Ida Laura Pfeiffer (1797-1858), an Austrian explorer and author. Proposals are being sought for a panel dedicated to women explorers, travelers, cartographers, etc., who contributed to or participated in the exploration and discovery of our world, its lands and oceans, at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for the History of Discoveries (October 30-November 2, 2014, in Austin, Texas).  Peer-reviewed, article-length submissions will be published in a special issue of Terrae Incognitae, vol. …  »

17 April 2014

And now for something completely different…click on my picture to watch the video… | Medieval Parks, Gardens and Designed Landscapes

Something a little different this week. A Vlog filmed at Flint Castle. If you think you can help me fund my research. Visit my page at: http://www.gofundme.com/medievalgardensandparks (And if you can edit the sound to reduce the wind noise – thank you very much). Filed under: Uncategorized

16 April 2014

What can Radical Historians Offer to a World Threatened by Climate Change? | History Workshop

A discussion about the place of environment in history at 6.30 pm on Wednesday 28 May 2014

16 April 2014

The Sixty-Third A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Part 3 by National Gallery of Art on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds

Listen to The Sixty-Third A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Part 3 by National Gallery of Art | Explore the largest community of artists, bands, podcasters and creators of music & audio.

16 April 2014

Left Behind, Left Ahead | s-usih.org

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This week saw the publication by Tikkun magazine of a forum on Eli Zaretsky’s Why America Needs A Left, in both print and online iterations. I am flattered to have been included in the latter. No doubt the conversation about […]

16 April 2014

Annessa Stagner World War Soldiers | Video | C-SPAN.org

University of California, Irvine doctoral candidate Annessa Stagner talks about World War I soldiers and shell shock in this interview conducted at the 2014 American Historical Association conference in Washington, DC.

16 April 2014

Students explore advertising history using museum collections – O Say Can You See?

Susan Smulyan, a professor in the Department of American Studies at Brown University, shares student exhibitions resulting from a collaboration with the museum and Curator Kathleen Franz. Color card ad for NABISCO by the agency N.W. Ayer & Son. Archives Center, National Museum of American History. In the fall semester of last year, 100 undergraduates, three graduate students, three teaching assistants, and I began a lecture course titled "American Advertising: History and Consequences." We tr…  »

15 April 2014

Envisioning Freedom — Cara Caddoo | Harvard University Press

In Cara Caddoo’s perspective-changing study, African Americans emerge as pioneers of cinema from the 1890s to 1920s. But as it gained popularity, black cinema also became controversial. Black leaders demanded self-representation and an end to cinematic mischaracterizations which, they charged, violated the civil rights of African Americans.

15 April 2014

British Foreign Policy in the Shadow of a General Election: The Douglas-Home Government | Imperial & Global Forum

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Andrew Holt Author of The Foreign Policy of the Douglas-Home Government: Britain, the United States and the End of Empire (2014) Dr. Holt explores the crucial role of the short-lived Douglas-Home Government (1963-64) upon Cold War relations and British decolonisation. With the 2015 general elections fast approaching, the story of Douglas-Home also proffers an illustrative historical example of how an impending poll can affect foreign policy. Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the c…  »

15 April 2014

Saving whales – PHA NSW

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by Nicole Cama, Digital Curator, Australian National Maritime Museum. I always find the amalgamation of past and current events to be a challenging task as a historian. Last week I was a guest speaker for the Dictionary of Sydney’s weekly history segment on Breakfast at 2SER radio. The International Court of Justice had, only the day before, announced its ruling against Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling in the Antarctic. Australia salivated and proclamations of victory were posted all over social m…  »

15 April 2014

Historical Novels: pathologically recondite research? | Victorian Policing

I have been reading several historical novels of late; a recent blog considered three examples. http://www.guywoolnough.com/historical-novels-accuracy-vs-literary-merit/ Then I came across this comment by Kate Atkinson, in ‘Author note’ at the end of her novel Life after Life: As a reader I dislike historical novels where I am continually stumbling over an excess of facts; I readily understand the compulsion to include all the fascinating stuff that you’ve spent so much time reading about, but …  »

15 April 2014

Beyond tradition?: Non-traditional marriage, partnerships and the family in Scotland, past and present- Eventbrite

Eventbrite – Meagan Butler (Administrative Organiser) presents Beyond tradition?: Non-traditional marriage, partnerships and the family in Scotland, past and present – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Yudowitz Room, Wolfson Medical Building . Find event and ticket information.

15 April 2014

Dr Dorothy Price: The rebel doctor written out of our history | Irish Examiner

Dr Dorothy Price helped eradicate TB here, but her role as a medic to a West Cork flying column has been overlooked, writes Sharon Ní Chonchúir

15 April 2014

Only three black applicants win places to train as history teachers | Education | The Observer

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Professor says ‘institutional racism’ is behind a failure to recruit ethnic minority trainees Only three black people who want to be history teachers were accepted on to postgraduate teacher training courses last year, according to damning statistics that critics claim expose "institutional racism" in the British education system. The figures are part of a wider picture in which just 17.2% of black African applicants, and 28.7% of black Caribbean applicants were taken on by teacher training ins…  »

15 April 2014

Maori haka protest against auction of a slice of their history

Sydney Maori let loose their traditional ancestral war cry on Monday night to warn the discreetly upmarket auction house Sotheby’s to back off selling one of their proudest heirlooms.

15 April 2014

Is Blogging Scholarship? | s-usih.org

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Yesterday, I participated in the “Is Blogging Scholarship?” roundtable at the Annual Conference of the Organization of American Historians (OAH).  It was a lively and productive conversation. Despite my concerns about holding a roundtable in the late Sunday morning session […]

15 April 2014

Walt Disney’s “The Story of Menstruation” – History Interesting Facts Media – Advertisement Animation Brands Business Company Disney Education Film Gender Issues Good Housekeeping Kimberly-Clark Co…

If you have followed History By Zim long enough you know that I love a good random bit of history. Today’s post seems to epitomize the word “random.” Just saying the word “Disney” often times evokes childhood memories of watching favorite Disney characters on a unending loop. Disney has enthralled generations of youth with its music, “Happily Ever Afters” and victorious heroes. These fanciful stories were not the only films they produced. In 1946, the Walt Disney Studios thought they could help…  »

14 April 2014

Public Policy and the Past: To what extent does a historian have a methodology?

So this blogger has just spent a few days at the National Archives of the United States in College Park (this explains the relative radio silence, by the way). What did this involve? Well, looking at a lovely load of cherry blossom (above) while walking around downtown was pretty nice.  But the major part of it all involved chugging out to Maryland on the National Archives’ (slow but certain) courtesy bus to look at files about US federal water quality policy in the 1950s and 1960s. Hey, it’s…  »

14 April 2014

A Process of Creating Public Memory: The University of South Carolina’s Two Desegregations | s-usih.org

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As a blogger here at the USIH website, I often deal with questions of intellectual history, memory, and American culture. I’d be remiss, however, if I avoided talking about the fact that I’ve had the privilege over the last year […]

14 April 2014

Hashtags, die du für dein Holocaust-Gedenkstätten-Selfie nicht verwenden solltest | VICE Deutschland

Instagram ist toll. Filter, Tags, Likes—nirgends kann ein junges Leben mit so wenig Arbeit so #coolomatik aussehen. Doch zwischen Thai-Teller und Umkleide-Selfie eine Gaskammer zu posten, ist eine sch…

14 April 2014

Naughty money: clippers and coiners in 16th-century England | University of Cambridge

The Royal Mint announced last month that in 2017 it will introduce a new £1 coin, said to be the "most secure coin in the world". The reason behind the decision, which could cost businesses as much as £20 million, is the surge in counterfeiting. It is estimated that around 3% of £1 coins are fakes with an estimated 45 million forgeries in circulation.

14 April 2014

The People review – how the working class got screwed | Books | The Observer

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Selina Todd’s compelling history of the British working class is a tragedy that needed telling "The only working-class people who still have well-paid jobs in London are his members," commented Ken Livingstone after the recent death of the RMT’s Bob Crow a moment that in itself seemed to have a particular resonance, as one of the few major and unashamedly working-class presences in public life suddenly left the scene. The timing is apt for Selina Todd’s examination of what she calls "the rise a…  »

14 April 2014

Welcome to The Spectator Archive: 180 years of history now online » Spectator Blogs

In the basement of The Spectator’s offices in Old Queen Street, there are piles of tomes detailing our rich publishing history right back to 1828. Our archive is our most…

13 April 2014

From Magic Lanterns to Nickelodeons: The Origins of the Film Industry, Part I – Footnoting History

For early movie-goers, film was a magical experience, but also sometimes a crowded and stuffy one.  From the magic lantern shows of the eighteenth century to the heyday of the nickelodeon in the twentieth, in this episode we’ll look at the origins of film as a medium and the early decades of the film industry.   Podcaster: Nathan                                   _______________________________________ Further Reading Charles Musser.  The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907, Vo…  »

13 April 2014

Lecturer in Modern European History (Teaching Focused) – The University of Manchester – jobs.ac.uk

Closing date : 09/05/2014Reference : HUM-04463Faculty / Organisational unit : HumanitiesSchool / Directorate : School of Arts, Languages and…

13 April 2014

Naughty money: clippers and coiners in 16th-century England | University of Cambridge

The Royal Mint announced last month that in 2017 it will introduce a new £1 coin, said to be the "most secure coin in the world". The reason behind the decision, which could cost businesses as much as £20 million, is the surge in counterfeiting. It is estimated that around 3% of £1 coins are fakes with an estimated 45 million forgeries in circulation.

13 April 2014

Junior Research Fellowship in European History/History of Art 1500-1800 – University of Oxford – jobs.ac.uk

The college invites applications for the newly created post of Junior Research Fellowship in European History 1500-1800 with a specialism within…

13 April 2014

Ménestrel

histoire médiévale, Moyen Age, Middle Age, médiévale, Ménestrel, études médiévales, Middle Age studies, médiévistique, histoire du Moyen Age, medieval history

13 April 2014

Chair in Early-Modern History – Keele University – jobs.ac.uk

School of HumanitiesGrade 10: Professorial Scale (dependant on experience) Due to the retirement of Professors Ann Hughes and Malcolm Crook the…

13 April 2014

The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie

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On the trail of the phantom women who changed American music and then vanished without a trace.

13 April 2014

Fatalism and the Age of Fracture | s-usih.org

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Last week I blogged about a little experiment I performed on the annals of the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History. Inspired by the word’s prominent occurrence in a debate between Jonathan Chait and Ta-Nehisi Coates about […]

13 April 2014

Foucault, Fanon, Intellectuals, Revolutions

[This article is the final in a three-part Jadaliyya series that looks at Foucault's work in relationship to the legacy of French colonialism in North Africa. Read the first and second installments here: "The Dangers of Liberalism: ...

13 April 2014

"A Willingness to Surrender": The Procrustean Publishing Market | s-usih.org

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In a memoir covering his years as an editor and publisher (with Pantheon books and The New Press), André Schiffrin discussed a transformation of book publishing in America during the last quarter or so of the twentieth century.  You can […]

13 April 2014

Samuel Clarke’s Martyrology: images of religious violence | the many-headed monster

Laura Sangha On Friday, one of my fellow tweeters, Early Modern World @EMhistblog, retweeted an image from a 1651 martyrology that I had originally posted last year. Here’s the tweet: It proved popular, so I wanted to post the full details of the original work and author here (though I make no claim to be an expert on early modern martyrologies). Click on images for enlargements. Clarke’s Martyrology The image is one of many graphic illustrations in Samuel Clarke, A generall martyrologie conta…  »

13 April 2014