Friday, January 25, 2013

Historians on Reddit

Another bloody social media thing we are supposed to keep up with, just for being historians?   Kris Wood at HNN looks at Reddit's Askhistorians thread, which actually sounds kinda fun.
One answer to the question "How did people wake up before alarm clocks?" \ cited A. Roger Ekirch's 2001 American Historical Review article "Sleep We Have Lost: Pre-Industrial Slumber in the British Isles." To the question "What is the most burning unsolved mystery from your specialty?", answers (or rather unsolved questions) range from the pre-Indian religion(s) of Cambodia to colonization in Roman Britain to the truth about the Kirov assassination in Stalinist Russia.
 He also gives a for-dummies explanation of what the hell Reddit is anyway.