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What If Historians Wrote the News?
June 8, 2010, 8:33 pm
Filed under: History and Historians


Shit happened.1


Cf. Greg Marx, “Embrace the Wonk,” Columbia Journalism Review (May/June 2010); Chris Beam, “The Only Politics Article You’ll Ever Have to Read: What if political scientists covered the news?Slate, 4 June 2010; Conor Friedersdorf, “It Depends Who Writes the News,” True/Slant, 7 June 2010; Jonathan Chait, “A Sociologist Covers the News,” The New Republic, 7 June 2010; and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, trans. John Sibree, Philosophy of History (New York: American Home Library Company, 1902), §4:66.

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Unduly Interested in Note-Taking
June 5, 2010, 11:07 am
Filed under: History and Historians | Tags: , ,

Or, Back of the Hand History



Worth reading the whole, delightfully meandering piece:

Historians are like reliable local guides. Ideally, they will know the terrain like the backs of their hands. They recognise all the inhabitants and have a sharp eye for strangers and impostors. They may not have much sense of world geography and probably can’t even draw a map. But if you want to know how to get somewhere, they are the ones to take you.
~Keith Thomas, “Diary,” London Review of Books 32, No. 11 (10 June 2010)


Balthus Van Tassel, “Sacromonte – Travel guide,” Flickr, CC License

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