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Feb 4, 2005 10:42 pm

History Carnival #2 ...

My colleague, Sharon Howard, drafted the guidelines for History Carnival, hosted History Carnival #1 at Early Modern Notes, and dragooned me into hosting History Carnival #2 here at Cliopatria. Really, despite her foot fetishism and fondness for naughty discussions of knickers, she's the model Cliopatriarch, who nudges me into being a better one.

History Carnival #2 begins with Bostonia's"Not for the Claustrophobic". I'm undecided whether it reminds me more of some history departments that, like Alice, I vastly outgrew or that Carnival is a Tea Party and I am the Mad Hatter:

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Brian Ulrich at Brian's Study Breaks introduces us to our great Muslim predecessor, Al-Mas'udi (d. 957), the"Imam of Historians." His 30 volume universal history, Akhbar-az-Zaman, has not survived, but two shorter works perpetuate his influence.

President Bush's second inauguration reminded Sepoy at Chapati Mytery of"Coronation", in which he compares medieval Hindu, medieval English, and early 20th century Nigerian examples. I rather liked the last one, in which the exalted one gets buried, but that may just be me.

At Studi Galileiani, Hugo Holbling takes another look at Norman F. Cantor's Inventing the Middle Ages (1991).

John Emerson traces the etymology of"kayak" to the Inuit and the Turks in"Starting from Greenland" at Idiocentrism.

Sharon Howard at Early Modern Notes revisits William Richards's Wallography, or the Britton described ... (1642). Unless you're Welsh, you'll be amused.

Looking to Rosenmontag, Nathanael Robinson at Rhine River reproduces some lovely prints of 19th century celebrations of Carnival on the lower Rhine.

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Reflecting on tsunamis and earthquakes at Lisbon in 1755 and southeast Asia in 2005, Rob MacDougall at Roblog suggested that criticality and power law relations are an important way to think about"The Great Wave".

Danny Loss has some"Thoughts on American Independence" at No Loss for Words.

At Positive Liberty, Jason Kuznicki's"The Law of the Artichoke: Toward a Social History for Classical Liberals" led to substantial discussion there, at Liberty & Power, and at Cliopatria.

At World History Blog, Miland turns up two 1792 cases, one of a woman tried and tortured for witchcraft in Fairfield County, South Carolina; and another of a man tried and hanged for heresy in Charleston. That's a full century after the last witchcraft trials in New England.

At Ambiguous Adventure, Kenya Hudson reviews a new exhibit,"In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience" at New York's Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture.

A. C. E. at Civil Warriors follows"The Anti-Immigrant Tangent" in America's Civil War.

Chris at Outside Report tells of the lynching of Mary Turner. Terrorist murders of foreign hostages and American torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib are civilized acts compared to what my fellow white Georgians did to Mary Turner and her baby.

Looking to east Asia for analogies to Iraq, Jonathan Dresner pointed to Japan"Stumbling to Glory" in 1868 and China's"Past Tense Echoes" in 1912.

Orac at Respectful Insulence recalls his encounters with Holocaust Deniers.

At The Picket Line (here, here, and here), David Gross contrasts the resolution launching the Montgomery bus boycott with two contemporary anti-war calls to action. When we summon people to action, the call is more likely to succeed, he argues, when we summon ourselves.

Barista says"Boomers An Illusion." I've long suspected that there was something seriously wrong with"Generation Jones."

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Rob Priest discusses"Ethics & Historiography" at Detrimental Postulation.

Another Damned Medievalist is"Back With A Semi-Vengeance" at Blogenspiel and insisting that we need to talk about the teaching of history.

After being featured in BBC's"Academics Give Lessons on Blogs," Esther MacCallum-Stewart reacts to a colleague's warning a student not to make use of the net in research.

In"The World According to Jethro" at War Historian, Mark Grimsley's friend, Jethro, tells us something about war as a contest of will.

So, we began with Bostonia's claustrophobic little house and end at the expansive possibilities of Tim"Burke's Home for Imaginary Friends" at Easily Distracted.

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Whether the house is small or large, there is still plenty of room for turf wars. Cliopatria takes note of Mr. Sun's shameful intrusion on History Carnival's prerogatives. From him you learn how Daily Kos covered Black Friday, Michelle Malkin saw the United States' entry into World War II, Matt Drudge featured the landing on the moon; Instapundit reported the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Wonkette covered the US/Soviet space coupling. Mr. Sun will want to get his grubby mits off of History Carnival's territory!

Rob Priest at Detrimental Postulations will host the Carnival's next incarnation, History Carnival #3, on 25 February. Please send your nominations before then to his address: rob AT ifanything DOT org.

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Ralph E. Luker - 2/4/2005

I s'pose it's a choice between feeding your bod or feeding your mind and heart.

Sharon Howard - 2/4/2005

I'm looking forward to reading these over the weekend. Yum yum. Many thanks for this, Ralph.

Speaking of dragooning: more volunteers for hosting are always welcome...

Julie A Hofmann - 2/4/2005

Ok, Ralph -- I'm supposed to be writing job apps ...

Rob D. Priest - 2/4/2005

Congrats Ralph, another fantastic haul. Looks like I'm stuck to my chair again!