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I’m back

It’s been a very, very long time since I last posted anything on this blog, and even longer – seven years – since I’ve written a book. On both counts, that owes to all sorts of matters, great and small, pleasant and unpleasant, unavoidable…

The collaboration grows: Wright State University Archives and Special Collections

The collaboration grows: Wright State University Archives and Special Collections It does my heart good to see this all coming together… We should have one heck of an exhibit by 2016! 

It’s the readers’ fault!

A few years back, a colleague — meaning a fellow academically-trained academic historian working in academia — called me a whore. Well, maybe not actually called me a whore. He informed me, with just enough of a fake laugh to be able to toss…

Paul D. Lockhart on VIDOYEN, AMA on Video

Paul D. Lockhart on VIDOYEN, AMA on Video. So this is what I’m doing now, when I should be writing a book. Actually I am writing a book…and I’m still keeping silent about it until all the i’s are dotted and so forth. In…

Historians Get Advice on Writing for the Readers of Today – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Historians Get Advice on Writing for the Readers of Today – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education. I’m going to address this at greater length, and very soon, but first I wanted to throw this out there. It’s a question that I’ve asked…

Self-serving plug of an entirely different variety…

In my other life, I’m a history prof. Writing is my first love, but I teach too. Actually that pays the bills more than the books do. Anyway, though I don’t write much about my teaching, I’ll make an exception here. Just a few…

War List: Significant Sieges

  War List: Significant Sieges. It’s not a big piece, really, just a few hundred words on a few sieges that I like, not even my choices (contra the byline) for the most significant sieges. But the comments are great. Especially the one that…

How Many Ph.D.’s Actually Get to Become College Professors? – Jordan Weissmann – The Atlantic

How Many Ph.D.’s Actually Get to Become College Professors? – Jordan Weissmann – The Atlantic. Well, this is a tad depressing.

William Cronon at the AHA 2013: Historians must be “storytellers”

A really good presidential address. I was at AHA this past weekend; I wish I had attended this one. Much better lecture than the one I did attend. Anyway, the good thing is what Prof. Cronon says — that historians need to stop talking…

Why Military History Sucks

I know it’s old. You have to remember that I still have a hard time thinking of music I used to listen to in 1981 as “classic rock.” Anyway, this is worth a gander. P’raps it only applies to academic military history but I…

The Gun That Should Have Changed Everything

The Gun That Should Have Changed Everything. OK, sorry. Long silence punctuated only by self-promotion. Been working on The Next Book. Just about finished proposing it. More to come, and soon. It’s a big departure for me, but it should prove to be fun….

See, this is what I’m talking about…

Nicholas Ferroni: Why America Owes Its Existence and Military to a Gay Man. …when I wax snobbish and say that history should be left to professional historians. My wife brought this article in HuffPo to my attention just a little while ago. It’s not…

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