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He'd had the sense, moments earlier, that Caroline was on the verge of accusing him of being "depressed," and he was afraid that if the idea that he was depressed gained currency, he would forfeit his right to his opinions. He would forfeit his moral certainties; every word he spoke would become a symptom of disease; he would never win an argument.

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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!)

posted evening of September 5th, 2008: Respond
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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.

posted afternoon of September 6th, 2008: Respond
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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.

posted morning of September 7th, 2008: Respond

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.

posted afternoon of September 10th, 2008: Respond

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."

posted afternoon of September 17th, 2008: Respond

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.

posted morning of September 20th, 2008: Respond

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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