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History Carnival #61

It is a time for publish another edition of monthly historical posts round-up. First of all, we would thank for all the submissions and remind you that the next edition of History Carnival will be hosted on 1 March at Spinning Clio.

Sport arena may become a territory of an international conflict. 200motels in post Soccer War writes that sometimes a playing field is not a large enough arena to contain the antagonisms or even hatreds that lie not very far beneath. „Football” War (La guerra del fútbol) was a six-day war between Salvador and Honduras, in which sport played a very significant role – maybe not as a main cause of the conflict (as media presented it), but as a immediate factor of its outbreak. As Władysław Kozakiewicz showed in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, sport can be also a chance for a political demonstration.

Jayne in her post proves, that history can be written using very trivial facts: boxing match, baloon experiments and… solar-powered car jourenys.

Doughnuts writing about the Battle of Wilderness (1864) shows that sometimes historical information can be reach in the most unlikely source. Very coherent and concise explanation of this battle is published in the book about the… origins of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester – The Surgeon of Crowthorne.

Melissa Bellanta in her post about the Maritime Strike of 1890 reflects on the language importance in historiography. Writing a chapter for a book to be called Crucial Moments in Australian History she admits that one of the things I’m grappling with is the fact that it’s difficult to talk about the Strike without replicating the kind of military cliches beloved of labour historians. She asks how to find a language to describe labour conflicts which does not trundle out the same metaphors of war, and the same heroic tonality?

Sharon Howard presented a few posts from a different blogs. He shows the text of Brian Downey from behind AotW blog about history hidden behind the photos of Albert V. Colburn (1831 – 1863), a lieutenant colonel of the federal Army of the Potomac.

And more, the history of Abayudaya, the protestant sect called the Malakites, who shared and developed their interest in the Old Testament, is described in the post of the Barista blog. They began to keep Sabbath, called their children after the Old rather than the New Testament, and ripped the Christian part of the Bible out of the sacred book. They also had themselves circumcised, appointed Rabbis and built synagogues.

Sharon also pointed to the post of Women in Science blog about ENIAC, which was the first purely electronic, Turing-complete, digital computer capable of being reprogrammed to solve a full range of computing problems. In her text Peggy presents women involved in this project and compare this computer to the laptops used nowadays.

African Urban Experiences in Colonial Zimbabwe. A Social History of Harare before 1925 by Tsuneo Yoshikuni is topic of the post written by Timothy Burke. As he claims, here Yoshikuni was seeing something that has increasingly become visible to other historians of southern Africa, that the initial response of some Africans to colonial conquest or to partial integration into a global political economy was in fact quite dynamic and inventive.

Jacob Kramer in the post titled Taylorized Academic Labor connects the work organisation methods by Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) with the organisation of historical education and academic labour nowadays.

Tim Abbott discovers history hidden behind The Death of Montgomery painting by John Trumbull.

Another post describing relations between history and sport brings Jon Swift. He writes about Bobby Fischer, chess player, who became a role model for American youth when he beat Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky in the 1972 World Chess Championship.

Jeremy brings post titled Psychology’s History and the CIA. In the text he presents the discussion over the relationship between the CIA and Psychology’s History.

Interview with Ramachandra Guha, the author of India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy presents Chandrahas Choudhury. A historian must certainly read, and closely, the newspapers of the period or region he is writing about. For both India after Gandhi and A Corner of a Foreign Field I spend many enjoyable hours looking at microfilms of old newspapers and magazines. The riches of India’s periodical press are an under-utilized resource, since many historians still tend to restrict themselves to official records.

The Genetic Distance between Karunanidhi and Mallika Sherawat is a title for post which describes Aryan migration theory in the context of new genetic researches. If these theories were true, shouldn’t there should be scientific evidence to back it up? Shouldn’t we see a genetic difference between caste and tribal groups and between Indo-European and Dravidian speakers?

Very interesting data about historical perspective of GDP (Gross domestic product) value published on this post. The graph shows the share of GDP over the last 500 years for China, India, Japan, Latin America, Western Europe, and United States.

Danny Birchall on the blog posted short text about the ways in which we’re storing our cultural memory on the internet, and what that might mean for the near future’s view of the recent past. The problem is not that the internet does not contain everything in the world, just that it’s all that we have access to. If it isn’t on the internet, does it really exist?

On really real talk blog there is published a tribute post to the memory of Martin Luther King. Not only very personal letter about experience understanding him can be read, but there are also some links to the books and songs about Martin Luther King.

Post titled The Paradox of Ronald Reagan: His First Inaugural by Ralph Brauer poses a fascinating and controversial question: what if Reagan was really better than his defenders would have us believe?

Polish Travel Agency “Orbis” was established in 1920 in Lviv. It organized travels abroad. In 1951 Orbis overtook 9 best hotels in Poland and foreign tourists were also served there. It had a monopoly on hotels of higher standard and foreign guests’ service. Blog PanTuNieStał shows how Orbis was trying to encourage tourists to visit communist Poland using matches labels.

Merritt Griswold is the person most instrumental in bringing baseball to St. Louis, was one of the founders of the first baseball club in the city, and served with the Home Guards in St. Louis during the early part of the Civil War. In this post Griswold, his service, and the Cyclone Base Ball Club are put in the context of the political tensions leading up to the war and the successful attempt to secure St. Louis for the Union side.”

Cultural heritage and archaeological artifacts of indigenous people in Mexico are topics of the post by Peter N. Jones. In Mexico, the rights of indigenous peoples are not nearly as great, and they have little or no say over their cultural heritage. Mexican law is largely derived from Roman law, as reinterpreted by Spanish medieval law. In accordance with this, ownership of land is very different than in the US or other countries.

Suzanne Hackett loves the music and culture of the Garifuna people of coastal Belize, who have ancesters from Africa as well as the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean. She met Garifuna music artist Andy Palacio this summer and was struck by his mission to save Garifuna music as a link to the culture and unique history of the Garifuna people. More can be read on this page.

A post on America’s westward expansion, and what it meant for Native Americans, especially with the Sioux. In a few places, Hari Balasubramanian tries to contrast this with what happened in India, which is where he is from.

The life of Ellen Ternan, woman who shared with Dickens his last thirteen years before his early death, is described in the post by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon. The question remains, did Ellen Ternan love Dickens? It’s clear from the few letters from Dickens that survive that he loved her, was passionately attached to her. That’s one thing that will never be certain. She was probably fond of him, he took care of her, respected her opinion on his work but love?

Brett Holman proposes an article by David Llewellyn from the blog about Jeremy Bentham’s political philosophy. Who does Bentham influence? Well, apart from just about everybody, there are a couple of particular somebodies that can be mentioned. Marx? Hitler?

Judith Weingarten in her post tells about Zoroastrianism, the religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathustra, Zartosht). This is a part of the three part serie (more can be reach here and here).

Another story about american chess player. Paul Morphy was one of the greatest chess players of all time and is credited with revolutionizing the game in the 1850s. Post by Frances Hunter.

On January 23, 1897, Elva Zona Heaster Shue of Lewisburg WV, a bride of three months, was found dead at the bottom of the stairs leading to the second floor of the log house where she lived with her new husband. As Dave Tabler writes, her case remains to this day a one of a kind event in the American judicial system … the only case in which the word of a ghost helped to solve a crime and convict a murderer!

Thomas Carlyle writes about holy trinity of historians: race, class, and gender. In his opinion, today, the dialog among professional historians revolves, in many ways, around one or more of these issues. In the history field, every professional article, every graduate research paper, and every book has to look at all three of these things, even if it is devoted to mainly one of them. But what about the other topics?

Michael Turton writes about the life of Maurice Benovsky. Benovsky was born in Vrbova, Hungary (now Slovakia) in 1746, a Hungarian nobleman. He left his native land at 22 and joined the Polish confederation (Confederation of Bar), to fight for Polish independence against the Russians. In 1770 he was captured by the Russians and exiled to Kamchatka after a stint in Kazan. How did he achieve the title of king in Formosa (Taiwan), why did he meet with King Louis XV and Benjamin Franklin?

The history of Brooklyn Bridge is presented in the post of GrrlScientist. As a west coast native, the only times I ever heard of the Brooklyn Bridge was when someone was trying to sell it to me.

Bora Zivkovic publishes a story by his mother, Rea Zivkovic Reiss. She writes about her experiences of WWII and history of surviving the Holocaust. was nine years old when the war began. I remember many events and various people and situations. The memories are fragmented of course, and merged with stories and knowledge learned subsequently, but they reach far back into the past.

Funerals and Feasts in Pre-Pottery Neolithic B are the topics of the post by Archaeozoo. Kfar HaHoresh, located in northern Israel, is the first centralised mortuary-cum-cult site identified in the Neolithic of the Levant, and it has been suggested that the site functioned in a manner similar to the ancient Greek amphictyony, that is a central shrine serving neighbouring villages.

Dmitri Minaev writes about Yakov Alexandrovich Slashchov, who was killed in Moscow by a Trotskyist named Kolenberg on 11 January 1929. This officer was the first leader of the White Guard who proposed to grant autonomy to Ukraine, after the home war became a teacher of the Soviet military academy. But why was he killed?

Mark R. Stoneman prepared a very interesting post about relations between Google and historical education. Should historians both learn SEO and write for general audiences on the web? Google is the first place many people turn for answers. What should be done to prevent the situation when they searching for history topics and find on the first places non-credible knowledge?

Again, thanks for all the submissions, hoping that among this links some articles interesting for you can be found. Now we are waiting for the next Carnival!

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  • It’s a bit difficult to see the links on this I’m afraid. I didn’t think there were any until I accidentally hovered over one.

  • Very interesting carnival! It was a nice surprise to see my post about the ENIAC Computers listed, however it looks like the link is incorrect. This should be the correct link:

    (or click here)

  • > It’s a bit difficult to see the links on this I’m afraid.

    I’m afraid, Undergraduate, it must be a problem with your browser. Links are very distinctive in Firefox, Opera and IE6. The .css file looks ok.

  • Dmitri Minaev, the link icons have been added since my comment. I had difficulty seeing the subtle highlighting over the text is what I was previously referring to. And it’s a monitor issue not a browser issue which displays colour differently.

    thanks anyway

  • What a fine Carnival with a wide range of tidbits to enjoy. Thanks to you, and thanks Sharon for recommending one of mine.

  • Thanks for a lot of interesting articles. The links work OK for me (in Firefox).

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