In a celebration of some of the fantastic blogging done by historians, I’m proud to be hosting this month’s History Carnival.
Let’s kick off with a little soul-searching and the question of how we study history, in George Campbell Gosling’s post Flattening History: ‘As historians, we spend half our time insisting the past was more complex than is typically appreciated and the other half simplifying everything beyond our central focus at that moment.’ Following this theme of looking at some of the deeper questions in history, the many-headed monster site asks ‘who were “the people” in early modern England?’ This etymological research discusses the rhetoric of ‘the people’ during moments of political crisis and in an ecclesiastical or geographical sense too.
More questions are asked by Emily Rutherford on the JHIBlog when she looks at why Edwardian costume dramas are so popular. The answer takes us on a journey into the history of popular perception of the British Empire. Evolutionary ecology is discussed in Natural History Apostilles with a nineteenth century argument about plagiarism between Patrick Matthew and John Claudius Loudon.
In the latest post on Doing History in Public Patrick Seamus McGhee uses three cases to take a look at the history of atheism between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Meanwhile, on Thoughts on Military History, we learn something about leadership styles and the issue of control during the Battle of Britain.
The reach of history is born in mind when we read about Sophie Coulonbean’s work for the BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinkers scheme on the CRECS site. Sophie has been looking at the trials of agitators for reform to the British political system in the wake of the French Revolution and we look forward to seeing the film on the BBC Arts website in March.
Sticking with television, we read about Loretta Young in Jack Le Moine’s History Moments before moving to some classic literature with a discussion of the historical significance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and its ability to shape discourse on American race relations, in US Studies Online.
In a recent post on Zenobia: Empress of the East, the Amazons are discussed and we literally take a look at the face of a female warrior, ‘Princess Ukok’, buried in a Siberian burial mound around 500 BCE. We follow on our look at ideas of femininity and beauty at Early Modern Medicine and Katie Aske’s discussion on beauty spots. This French cosmetic fashion of the eighteenth century was also used to conceal scars and signs of disease. In England, they even took on a political meaning, with the Whigs and Tories adopting opposing sides of the face.
And lastly, the Medical Heritage Library announces its creation of recommended practices for those looking to access manuscript and archival collections containing health information about individuals.
So enjoy your fill of reading and we’ll see you again for the next History Carnival!