Thursday, December 01, 2016

History Carnival 161

Okay, not everybody has gone over to podcasting yet.  I'm happy to say there were quite a few blogpost nominations coming in over the transom during November for this month's History Carnival, alerting me (and now maybe you) to blogs and historical topics we'd not otherwise have encountered

"Clergyman, Scholar, Murderer: The Rev. John Selby Watson" posted by Tom Hughes at Victorian Clerical Errors , explores the misspent life of another Victorian cad and bounder

"Where the Blue Line ends, part 2" posted by David Brooks at Friends of Schoharie an elegant piece of local history from one corner of New York state.

"Epsom House, Pontville," posted by Geoff Ritchie at On the Convict Trail, is another local history but from the other side of the world: a heritage property in Tasmania.

"One of the best Edwardian railway stations: Dunedin" posted by Helen Webberley at Art and Architecture Mostly, takes you to New Zealand railroad architecture. And another Webberley post, "Quaker chocolate companies, workers' rights, and quality housing" looks at the Quaker chocolate empires of 18th and 19th century Britain, drawing on Carol Off's history, Bitter Chocolate: investigating the dark side of the world's most seductive sweet.

"Supporting the Secret War: T-28s over Laos, 1964-1973 – Part 1: Training" posted by Jeff Schultz at From Balloons to Drones: Air Power Through the Ages takes us back to that unpleasantness in South-East Asia in the 1960s and 1970s.

"Sir Isaac Newton and the Emerald Tablet" posted by Ashley Cowie at Ashley Cowie, Scottish Historian... looks into the alchemical enthusiasm of the great scientist (and odd guy) Sir Isaac.

"Building a Wall Against Gog and Magog" posted by Yvonne Seale at Yvonne Seale: Making Women Matter... considers medieval defences against the cannibal monsters Gog and Magog.

Last spring there was debate on American blogs about whether military history is an endangered species or a too-favoured one.  That issue seems now to have been taken up in Britain.  "The Challenge of Academics outside of the Academia – A Reply to a ‘Paucity of Military Historians in University Departments" was posted by Ross Mahoney at Thoughts on Military History. and its links make it possible to follow earlier stages in the exchange.

The  blog of The Australian Women's History Network has been on fire in November, and Ana Stevenson sent in a slew of nominations:
Visiting the Recent Postings of Previous History Carnival Hosts:

I thought I'd honour past hosts of The History Carnival by seeing what they have blogged lately.  One host never posted again after hosting the Carnival in mid 2015! Some have closed, and some were inactive in November.  But here's a miscellany of November posts from past stalwarts:

"Tracing Recipes to Kill Vermin" posted by Lisa Smith at The Recipes Project, has advice from 18th century household books on getting rid of the nasties. 

 "Addressing Authority during the English Civil Wars" posted by Brodie Waddell at the many-headed monster, is part of a series on how the poor and weak have tried to catch the ear of the powerful across history.

"Reflections on the Life of John Mulvaney" posted by my old correspondent Jim Belshaw at New England's History, remembers a pioneer Australian prehistorian. (We're talking about Australia's New England, not Massachusetts etc.)

"Agreements of the People," posted by Richard Blakemore at historywomble, takes a 17th century legal history perspective on a recent British court case that considers the government's authority to trigger the Brexit without parliamentary sanction.

Just some faves and go-to's:

One of my longtime blogcrushes, Historiann -- an American who appreciates la Nouvelle France! -- has been posting excerpts from her new book, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright.  This one is about the education of girls and women in the early 18th century, particularly in the Ursuline convent of Quebec City.  

The Clerk of Oxford mused about 7 November, which the Anglo-Saxons took to be Winter's Day, the first day of winter.

History Matters (the blog of the Brit HistMag) offers a (mostly British) The Best History Books of 2016.  Why doesn't every history blog try this, given the dire state of reviewing in the press.  Send me your nominations, I'll post 'em (email at right).

Walking around Canada with some CanHist blogs:

I know I don't see enough blogs about history from Africa, or South Asia, or Latin America, or even continental Europe. If you want to immerse in some history blogs from my Canadian turf, try these for starters.

Active History, a CanHist powerhouse, has daily essays by a wide range on historians on history and public policy issues, Canadian and international.  (Its French-language counterpart is Histoire Engagée.) A couple of recent keepers: Brittany Luby,  Kathryn Labelle, and Alison Norman on decolonizing indigenous people's names; and George Colpitts, Shannon Stunden-Bower, and Bill Waiser on the 1930s drought on the Canadian Prairies.  This month Waiser also received Canada's pre-eminent literary prize in nonfiction for A World We Have Lost: Saskatchewan before 1905

Unwritten Histories started quite recently, but it is becoming essential for its lists of what's going on in CanHist online. This recent roundup is typical.

If the recent rediscoveries of John Franklin's lost ships in the Canadian Arctic caught your interest, Visions of the North is essential. "Symbols of Empire"is a recent post on painters' responses to the Franklin Northwest Passage disaster.

The blog of Library and Archives Canada regularly reports on its newly digitized collections available online, including First World War personnel records.

I decided when I started building this carnival that this is a history blog:  there would be nothing on the American elections. (And everyone I told said "Thank God!")  But if you still hanker for a fix, Jerry Bannister was provoked by those events to muse on "Why National History Matters". It was posted at Borealia and Acadiensis, two blogs from, but not limited to, Atlantic Canada

... and, in case you missed it, that "Gog and Magog" post above cleverly managed to sneak in an allusion to U.S. politics

Warm thanks to nominators: Tom Hughes, David Brooks, Ross Mahoney, Keith Grant, Ashley Cowie, Yvonne Seale, Helen Webberley, and Ana Stevenson, and to Sharon Howard at mission control. Blog on.

Update, 9 December 2016:  I see this History Carnival post has already logged the highest view counts this blog has had in months.

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