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Dec 3, 2006 1:08 am

2006 Cliopatria Awards Nominations: BEST WRITING

2006 Nominations are Now Closed, thanks.
Look for the winners in January!

Please submit, in comments below, your nominations for the best writer on a history blog since 1 December 2005. [registration not required to post nominations, but the usual rules of civility and conduct still apply] Nominations will be accepted from November 1st through 30th.

Please include a URL for the posts (not just a URL for the blog). You many nominate as many posts or series as you wish in this category, and you may nominate individual blogs or bloggers in other categories as well.

If you want ideas of blogs or writers to nominate, see the History Blogroll or past editions of the History Carnival or itsrelatedcarnivals.

Bloggers do not need to be academic historians. If you're not sure whether a blog or blogger qualifies as"history," nominate them anyway and the judges will make a final determination. If you have questions, feel free to contact the chair of the committee:

Judging Committee: Nathanael Robinson (chair), Rebecca Goetz, Brandon Watson. [Judges are ineligible to win awards they are judging, but feel free to nominate them for something else!]

GO TO: 2006 Nominations Index, Best Group Blog, Best Individual Blog, Best New Blog, Best Post, Best Series of Posts, Best Writer

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Jonathan Dresner - 12/1/2006

Thanks for all the suggestions! Look for the winners at Cliopatria in January!

b.a. - 11/30/2006

Jonathan Dresner - 11/29/2006

Alan's blogging of original sources and commentaries at are consistently interesting, thoughtful, and fun.

Rob MacDougall - 11/26/2006

Not to be incestuous, but if "best" can mean most prolific, most important, most indispensable, etc. someone has to nominate Ralph Luker. I guess I just did.

Nonpartisan - 11/15/2006

Forgot to mention that Aphra Behn also posts at Daily Kos, Never in Our Names, and The Pony Express.

- 11/15/2006

Hard to choose on this one, but I think two voices at our site stand out:

1) Lorraine

If there's any one of my nominations that I'd push the hardest, it's this one. Lorraine is perhaps the best writer I've encountered online -- passionate, eloquent, moving, and heartrending at the same time. She's also one heck of a scholar. (She also posts at My Left Wing and CultureKitchen">CultureKitchen, but her historical posts reside chiefly at ProgressiveHistorians.)

2. Aphra Behn

If Lorraine is one of my favorite writers, Aphra Behn is one of my favorite HISTORY writers. Her diaries condense a shocking amount of historical erudition into brilliant illustrated diaries that are made accessible by her distinctive sense of humor.

Good luck to everyone nominated!

Sharon Howard - 11/13/2006

Ralph E. Luker - 11/9/2006

Timothy Burke, Rob MacDougall, Caleb McDaniel, Scott McLemee, Eric Rauchway.