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about the new book

It doesn’t physically exist just yet, but it’s in production right now, and it’ll be available for sale on 19 October. Oddly, though, it exists in the magical world of Amazon (and other retailers), in the sense that it’s listed on their websites and… Continue Reading “about the new book”

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… Continue Reading “I’m back”

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… Continue Reading “It’s the readers’ fault!”

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… Continue Reading “Paul D. Lockhart on VIDOYEN, AMA on Video”

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… Continue Reading “Historians Get Advice on Writing for the Readers of Today – Research – The Chronicle of Higher Education”

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… Continue Reading “Self-serving plug of an entirely different variety…”

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… Continue Reading “War List: Significant Sieges”

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

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