History Carnival 48


It’s high time for a first History Carnival here at ScienceBlogs.

Science is the systematic study of source material to find out what the world is like or has been like. If a scientist’s source material is written matter and pictures and her questions are about what people’s lives were like in the past, then she is a historian.

I’m an archaeologist, meaning that my questions are similar to a historian’s though my source material is the wordless material culture of the past. I’ll be your host for the 48th History Carnival — welcome to Aardvarchaeology!

  • Natalie of Philobiblon heads straight for the archaeology with a set of fine captioned photographs of the ruins of the Roman city of Glanum near Avignon.
  • Tim at Walking the Berkshires finally comes clean: yes, he is the descendant of a man who commanded troops against the English in the North American War of Independence. But I forgive him. I’m sure Tim would be allowed back into the Commonwealth if he would just ask. In fact, I’d be willing to grant him status as honorary Scandinavian.
  • Raybin at Progressive Historians has a long stirring piece of creative nonfiction about the US Civil War.
  • David at Another History Blog debunks the pretty story of how in 1860, Dade County seceded from the state of Georgia and the United States of America. Aaaw, Dave, you killjoy! Then he goes on to congratulate Charles Darwin and Abe Lincoln, who were both born on 12 February, 1809. Congrats, guys!
  • Teach at History is Elementary shares a bit about how she attempts to meet Georgia state standards regarding the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 by including Benedict Arnold and a little known monument on the battlefield to hook her nine-year-old students.
  • Miland at the World History Blog asks, why was Planet of the Apes shown on the History Channel?
  • Nouri at The Moor Next Door has a long essay about the 1955 Baghdad Pact: Middle Eastern defense alliances are nothing new.
  • Bill at Strike the Root outlines ten major reasons why war should be opposed by all people of conscience, and he does so with strong political language, arguing from historical precedents.
  • Jarod’s Forge takes a humorous look at Emperor Caligula: crazed, running amok, and looking FABULOUS!
  • Laurie at Trivium Pursuit presents Victorian artist and illustrator Richard Doyle (1824-1883) with emphasis on how lessons from his artistic upbringing can be applied in home schooling.
  • Here’s my own contribution: a piece on a funny Swedish place name and the conflicting etymologies suggested for it.

That’s all for this moment in history. Who knows what the world will be like two weeks from now? I’m confident, though, that 1 March (my lovely wife’s birthday!) will see the opening of the 49th History Carnival at History is Elementary. Submit your best historical blog writing here. Until then: O tempora, o mores!

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10 thoughts on “History Carnival 48

  1. Bill at Strike the Root starts out with a series of unarguable points about the evils of war, but really goes off the rails when he drags in what he mistakes for “history” to support his theme. It’s very bad history, and surely most reputable historians and interested non-scholars like myself can see this, right?


  2. I rarely read any submission in its entirety when I host a carnival. Bill’s entry looked angry and political yet relevant to the theme. Go to his site and explain to him why you think he’s wrong! You should have seen the posts I flunked…


  3. Ralph Hitchens’ comments are far too weak. Including this article in a History Carnival would be like including a non-satirical article praising Hovind in an Evolution Carnival, or an article by Leuchter or Irving in a Carnival on the Holocaust. (Yes, it really is that bad.)
    His authorities are truly scary. DiLorenzo — well Google him and read the SPLC article on him. Ron Paul is an anti-Semitic Libertarian who keeps on getting elected to Congress, and who opposes the War in Iraq (as I do) but because he claims we were maneuvered into it by the Jews. The writer himself, if you check his blog is a 9/11 denier and a proponent of the Trilateral Commission conspiracy theory.

    I am unaware if it is possible to remove an article from a Carnival. If so, I hope you will do so.

    Sorry to come down so heavily on you, and the rest of the Carnival is your usual great work, but as Fiorello LaGuardia said, “I don’t make many mistakes, but when I do, I make a whopper.” That article is your ‘LaGuardia moment.’


  4. Having hosted the education carnival before I realize that it can be quite a job to link all the submissions together in a logical flow. You did a fantastic job, and I appreciate your effort very much. Thank you for including my post.


  5. Ah, I’m glad to see that reason has prevailed in regards to that STR article. I thought it was rubbish before I started checking the links and found all the conspiracy theory nonsense, and was about to write an angry rant about it. I’m glad I checked back here first!

    I’ve hosted a history carnival myself and you just can’t check every link and every link’s link. Other than that one post, it’s a good carnival.


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