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Mar 30, 2007 4:37 am

Blogging History -- From the Right

Andrew Sullivan,"The Mullah," TNR (out from behind its subscriber-only firewall), 15 March, reviews Dinesh D'Souza's The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and its Responsibility for 9/11. Having made his own argument about what an American conservatism would be in The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How To Get It Back, Sullivan argues that D'Souza's controversial book is yet another signal that American conservatism is at a crisis. It's certainly not that conservatism lacks avowed voices. Even in the history blogosphere, there are many blogs that do history from the Right.

Wretchard's The Belmont Club bills itself as commentary on"history and history in the making."
Clayton Cramer's Blog features Idaho's leading expert on guns in early American history.
Conservative History is a British group blog that identifies closely with England's Conservative Party.
The Conventicle is a group blog of young church historians whose primary interest is in Puritanism.
The Cranky Professor, an art historian, is by instinct conservative in academic values, historical judgment, politics, and theology.
Duke New Sense is the group blog of young conservatives at Duke University.
Eunomia is the blog of Daniel Larison, a University of Chicago student of Byzantine history. Larison is a paleo-conservative, but his relentlessly smart commentary makes his blog my personal favorite of all the conservative history blogs.
Free St. George's is a group blog by conservative Calvinists.
Nick Milne, a student at the University of Western Ontario and admirer of the British distributists, blogs at A Gentle Fuss.
Hard Right! is the blog of Chronicles editor, Thomas Fleming.
Michael A. G. Haykin blogs at Historia Ecclesiastica on church history.

Cliopatria's friend, Russell Arben Fox, a social communitarian, blogs at In Medias Res.
Mark C. N. Sullivan's Irish Elk is the blog of a writer in administration at a Massachusetts university.
Liberty & Power is a libertarian group blog and belongs on this list, if libertarianism is conservative.
Dale Light's Light Seeking Light is the blog of a historian of American Catholicism, who is an admirer of the Bush administration.
Andrew Meyer's Madman of Chu is the blog of an American historian of China. Meyer also participates in the lively, conservative group blog, What's the Rumpus?.
MaroonBlog is a group blog by University of Chicago undergrads. The results of November's elections seem to have done them in.
Martin Kramer on the Middle East is, well, Martin Kramer on the Middle East.
The prolific Victor Davis Hanson blogs at National Review Online, Private Papers, and Works and Days.
New Right Review is the blog of conservative Duke history students, Richard Bertrand Spencer and James Minges Deal.

The Old Republic is the blog of my reactionary old friend, Clyde Wilson, a Calhoun scholar at the University of South Carolina.
Richard Williams' Old Virginia Blog is his nostalgic notes on the history of the Old Dominion.
PhDiva Dorothy King is an American conservative who blogs from London.
Reformata is another group blog by conservative Calvinists.
Sean Michael Lucas is a conservative Calvinist church historian.
Spinning Clio is the blog of Cliopatria's friend, Marc Comtois.
Thomas C. Reeves is the most consistently conservative of the bloggers at History News Network.
Tolle Blogge is the blog of conservative Calvinist church historian, Russ Reeves.
Tom Bruscino's Diary is the journal of a young American military historian. Tom also blogs with other conservative historians at Big Tent.
Mark at ZenPundit is a libertarian/conservative with significant public policy interests.*

*If you're a self-consciously conservative history blogger and I've failed to include you in this list, don't hesitate to speak up in comments and I'll be happy to add your blog to those I've listed.

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Richard Williams - 1/25/2008

Hello Ralph - thanks for the honor of listing me with those that are right. BTW, why not a list of those who blog from the left, i.e., those that are wrong?



Thomas Fitzpatrick - 3/25/2007

Me. I'm a solid Ronald Reagan/National Review conservative and traditionalist Catholic. Many of my posts deal with history, military history, as well as the history of ecclesiastical art and historic devotional practices.

Recta Ratio

Nonpartisan - 3/24/2007

I think they go comfortably together. If people like you were in power today, I wouldn't have a website with a political bent.

mark safranski - 3/24/2007

Hi Ralph

Thank you for adding me to the list and thanks to NP for the mention. Much appreciated.

I'm solidly on the right but it's in a quirky, semi-libertarian, techno-optimistic zone that seems to be out of fashion these days.

Ralph E. Luker - 3/24/2007

Thanks, NP. I hesitated about Zenpundit because I wasn't sure and didn't want to offend anyone by putting a label they're not comfortable with on them. But, on your word, I'll add ZP. As for me, it really depends on which mode I'm in. There's the "I'll-show-you-my-got-shot-at-firebombed-and-went-to-jail-in-the-civil-rights-movement-and-did-a-hunger-strike-against-the-war-in-Vietnam-if-you-show-me-yours" mode; and there's the "are-you-kidding-me!-I-was-a-Republican-before-George-Bush-was-born-and-he-wouldn't-know-the-conservative-virtue-of-budgetary-and-foreign-policy-restraint-if-it-kicked-him-in-the-presidential-ass" mode. I live comfortably with both of them.

Nonpartisan - 3/24/2007

I think Zenpundit self-identifies as a conservative, though he says he's more of a libertarian and doesn't identify with the Republican Party. He's one of three conservative history bloggers I read regularly -- the others are you and Mark Comtois.

David M Fahey - 3/24/2007

Sullivan's review of what he calls the theoconservatives is accessible via the Arts & Letter Daily.