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At first I didn't quite know what I would do with the book, other than read it over and over again. My distrust of history then was still strong, and I wanted to concentrate on the story for its own sake, rather than on the manuscript's scientific, cultural, anthropological, or 'historical' value. I was drawn to the author himself.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2008

🦋 Worst campaign

Over at History Time, jfruh asks the question: Was McCain 2008 the worst presidential campaign in history? And answers "No," but has to go back to the Whigs of 1836 to find a worse one.

Also at History Time today, a bit of Jersey history.

posted morning of October 30th, 2008: Respond
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Saturday, September 20th, 2008

🦋 Sherman and Grant, sittin' in a tree

It Is Time for History is just the greatest thing. I'm very happy it's going on -- people have claimed days up through early November so far. Today, nextian posts a wonderful cartoon of Sherman and Grant, with some great historical tidbits and editorial insight. The comments thread is totally worth while as well.

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Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

🦋 That detestable unmentionable and ignominious vice

It is time for history: curtana posts today about the arrest of John Rykener in London, in 1395, for engaging in unmentionable crimes, with links to a transcript of Rykener's questioning -- "basically the only legal document describing same-sex intercourse from England at this period."

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

🦋 Queipo de Llano: bad guy

I've written up my summary of the story of Queipo de Llano's conquest of Seville -- you can read it over at History Time.

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Sunday, September 7th, 2008

🦋 The Battle for Singapore

The first post has gone up at History Time -- Teozar, who is currently reading Peter Thompson's The Battle for Singapore, waxes incredulous at Percival's methods of defending against the Japanese onslaught. Nicely drawn!

The posts there are going to be approximately one per day, at least for the first little while -- a nice staid pace.

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Saturday, September 6th, 2008

🦋 Seville: further sources

OK, I spent a little time at the library -- fun! I felt like I was back in high school writing a research paper! (But in a good way.) (And no, I haven't really done much of that since high school -- this might be a mark against me -- oh well.) The two books I found were from 1970 and 1977, and confirmed with some variations the version of events in The Passionate War -- so my plan is solid to write about this version of events with a caveat up top, and to list Preston's book in the "Further reading" list.

  • The Revolution and Civil War in Spain, Pierre Broué and Emile Témine, 1970. tr. Tony White.
  • The Spanish Civil War, Hugh Thomas, 1977.

I think I've got enough stuff for a nice juicy narrative post.

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Friday, September 5th, 2008

🦋 History Time

Intrepid cartoonist of historical events Kate Beaton has started an LJ community dedicated to history postings. This looks like it will be a great thing!

(Also, I notice it's Kate's birthday in a couple days. So: Happy Birthday, Kate!)

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