News roundup

[posted by Gavin Robinson, 3:48 pm, 20 August 2012]

[Edit May 2016: The news that I’ve gone onto Twitter and that the many-headed monster has started makes this feel like the start of the present (and as it happens, the monsters have just been debating periodisation). With hindsight it looks like the monster was taking off just as IoaD was coming to an end, although it would have seemed like quite a long overlap at the time. Is this part of a general change in history blogging? The many-headed monster seems much more professional and calculated, although no less enthusiastic and imaginative, than Investigations of a Dog. I found it very easy to make a name for myself in 2006-7 even though many of my posts from that period now look superficial and ill-informed, whereas the monsters seem to have to work very hard at promoting themselves on social media despite the high quality and engaging content of their posts. Their efforts pay off, because among other things they’re still able to get a good number of useful comments, which seems much harder to do these days. They’ve also been able to get guest posts from historians who don’t usually blog, which I think is a big breakthrough in history blogging.]

Next cavalry tactics post coming up tomorrow and another Wharton letter on Sunday, but for now here’s some quick news:

  • I’m on Twitter! @merozcursed [Edit May 2016: Twitter name updated to what it is now because I changed it later]
  • There’s an early modern edition of Carnivalesque blog carnival at The Georgian Bawdyhouse on Saturday 25 August. You can submit any blog posts about early modern history posted in the last couple of months using the submission form.
  • There are so many interesting discussions going on at Skulking in Holes and Corners that it’s hard to pick one out, so just read all of them.

And some relatively new blogs that I’ve only recently found out about:

  • the many-headed monster: Mark Hailwood and Brodie Waddell blog about early-modern English society and culture, including lots of weird and surprising things
  • Past in the Present: Paul Lockhart, who has researched early-modern Denmark and the American Revolution, blogs about his work, early-modern military history in general, and differences between academic and popular history
  • Pen, Book, Sword: covers medieval military history, violence, disabilities and lots of other things


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