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Archived Since:April 9, 2010

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The Future Is Unevenly Distributed

This map: reminded me of this map: The first is US economic output split 50/50, showing how concentrated much of the US economy is. The second map is the concentration of British population pre- and post-Industrial Revolution. The 1911...Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Noah Shusterman on Religion, Gender, and the French Revolution, 1789-1799

Noah Shusterman joins us this week on the Leading Edge to talk about the French Revolution, the subject of a book he just published. Noah writes from Hong Kong, where he works at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. This makes him the farthest distant Leading Edge author yet, an early but still critical record. Show More Summary

My Kingdom For A Copy Editor

“Tean USA”? From Sports Illustrated: In honor of this (4 year old) post.

Glass, thick and thin

For a long time, I have detested the music of Philip Glass. As a teenager, I was swept away by Koyaanisqatsi in the theater (more because the images were new to me, and the dystopian picture of modern life sympathetic, than because of...Show More Summary

Leading Edge: Francesca Tronchin on Elvis and Roman Architecture

My first visit to Graceland was during what Memphis folks and Elvis fans call “Death Week” without the slightest sense of the macabre or even irony, as this is high season for Elvis tourism, even in torrid mid-August. I only saw Graceland...Show More Summary

This Month In Military History, February 1945 Edition

Some photographs from World War II: Using a ration card Yalta The beach at Iwo Jima Artillery at Iwo Jima

Are Entitled To Against Every Government On Earth

I have some suggestions for Constitutional amendments: The 28th Amendment: The right of the people to move freely about the United States shall not be abridged by Congress or the states. Why. The 29th Amendment: The people shall have full ownership and control of their own personal information. Show More Summary

Leading Edge: Patrick Rael on the Long Death of Slavery in the United States, 1777-1865

Today’s Leading Edge takes up the issue of slavery. Patrick Rael, a historian at Bowdoin, tells us that the end of slavery is a bit more complicated than the Civil War, the 14th Amendment, and Daniel Day Abraham Lincoln. Produced after...Show More Summary

Monday Readings & Comments

Why, yes, I’ll take your survey First, the perils of surveying people, especially teenagers: So imagine the surprise and confusion when subsequent revisits to the same research subjects found more than 70 percent of the self-reported adolescent nonheterosexuals had somehow gone “straight” as older teens and young adults. Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Robert Thompson and Vietnam

Our second Leading Edge takes us to the provinces of Vietnam to figure out what exactly the US meant when it talked about “pacification.” Robert Thompson, a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi, is working on a dissertation on exactly that, and here he explains it for us. Show More Summary

Floated Through The Air Like Autumn Leaves Dealing Death And Destruction

The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was the first substantial hurricane to hit New England since the 19th century. It was a powerful storm (peaking at Category 5 and making landfall at Cat. 3), and the weather forecasting of the day was off in both its severity and its timing. Show More Summary

Saturday Things Worth Reading

1. Lovely graphic of information destruction through the ages at Global Data Vault: Throughout the ages, it has happened again and again. Whole libraries of clay tablets, papyrus scrolls, bark codexes and paper books have been destroyed by natural disasters, fire and war. Show More Summary

The Leading Edge: Erica Hannickel

Welcome to the Leading Edge, a series on new or in progress works in history. We start things off with Dr. Erica Hannickel, Assistant Professor of Environmental History at Northland College, whose work on the history of American wine reveals all sorts of fascinating connections to immigration, race, and the Industrial Revolution. Show More Summary

Pressing Down

From “address made by Sgt. McLin Sheddan Choate of Battery F, 113th Field Artillery at the 65th reunion in 1983.” At 11:00 am on November 11, 1918, after years of war, the firing ceased. The silence was as if one was in a small room and the ceiling was pressing down until you could hardly breathe. Show More Summary

Frenzied Finance

Real estate bubbles did not pop into existence in the 21st century. There’s a long tradition of land speculation in American history, something of which I was reminded of during my research today. I was reading the 1943 memoirs of Colonel Edwin Bowden, a career Army officer, and he was discussing his involvement in the Florida land boom of the 1920s. Show More Summary

The Life and Death of Technologies

The dial tone is nearly a century old, leading the New York Times to do a magazine piece on it. The article is interesting, and you should read it, but it made me think of the life and death of technologies. Something like the dial tone has already largely disappeared from American life. Show More Summary

Introduction: The Leading Edge

Just in time for the American Historical Association meeting (or #AHA2014 as the cool twitter kids have it) I’m starting a new feature on this blog. Modeled after John Scalzi’s “Big Idea” pieces, this series will give historians a chance to submit a piece about their current project – dissertation, book, etc. Show More Summary

Evolution and Tribalism

The left blogosphere has been remarking on a Pew Center poll showing that Republican belief in evolution has been dropping over the last four years. Kevin Drum thinks it’s tribalism: I don’t think it shows that conservatives are becoming more hostile to science, or even more hostile to evolution. Show More Summary

The Military, Unleashed

This: Until the pendulum swings back and Congress proves willing to issue declarations of war in circumstances that permit no-holds-barred fighting, the military will continue to be asked to act with finesse. is a myth. There has never...Show More Summary

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