Archive for the 'history' Category

The Utility of History

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

An email from one of my students proves there is value in history:

Hi Dr .Ancarett,
Just a quick funny story about class: When I went home I dragged my step-dad to go see the movie about Queen Elizabeth and ended up making a bet with him about who won the war (Spanish vs. English) … easiest […]

The Price of Access

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

These stories on the release of the Processus Contra Templarios are absolutely ridiculous. What person, in their right mind, trumpets the publication of a book of historical documents when each 300 page volume costs a staggering $8377USD?
That’s right. A single volume, of three hundred pages, closing in on five figures.
What libraries can afford this? If […]

Seminar Participation Woes

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

You know it’s not going to be a great day when only 13 of 22 seminar students are there at the start of class. A few wander in late, but not many. What’s so tough about a 9:30 timeslot, midweek?
Then the stonewalling start. The readings amounted to less than two dozen pages, admittedly not the […]

History Snark

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Upon rereading the textbook I’m assigning my students in the early modern British survey, I came across this gem of an assertion I’d somehow overlooked before, regarding the relative merit of Queen Anne against the other sovereigns of the Tudor/Stuart era:
Queen Anne may not have been a skillful administrator herself, but she knew how to […]

Language Barriers

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Over at Blogenspiel, ADM raised the question I’d begged on language requirements in history. Now, I am not the poster child for multi-lingualism (I can read easily in four languages besides English, but my oral skills lag far behind) but I wish there was a way we could promote language education more in history programs. […]

400 Years On

Friday, May 11th, 2007

This weekend marks the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. Jamestown, if you don’t know, was the first successful English settlement in the New World and was the basis of the Virginia colony. Named after King James VI and I, the settlement went through some very tough times early on and relied heavily on the […]


Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Historians’ blogs are achieving respectability (take that, Ivan Tribble!) — Anthony Grafton, who I’ve seen commenting over at New Kid’s and Flavia’s, has enthusiastically shared his reasons for being a blog reader in the latest Perspectives.
All I can say is that I’m happy to see some more senior scholars express their support for this activity. […]

One to go

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Posted marks for one class this afternoon. Now I just have to finish the exams for the other.
Then it’s time to pick out books for my three fall classes (book orders are due May 15)! Yes, now I’m considering book adoptions for three classes. There’s a second year late medieval survey (circa 100-1450s), a British […]

Oh, to be in England

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

The British Museum’s running a new exhibition: A New World: England’s First View of America which features the watercolours of John White who visited what is now North Carolina and Virginia in the late sixteenth century. His granddaughter, Virginia Dare, was the first English child born in North America. (More in a review of the […]

Research Buzz

Friday, March 16th, 2007

The other day I talked about the research bug. But maybe a better term is research buzz. ‘Cause I just finished up my conference paper yesterday (all 2700 words, ouch! — might have to eliminate a few if I don’t want to race through the talk) and I’m still feeling quite the buzz. I want […]