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  • Farewell to Cliopatria

    by Ralph E. Luker

    And so, after 8 1/4 years and over 1,100,000 visits, we bid farewell to Cliopatria. Before going, she wishes to thank her hosts at History News Network, Rick Shenkman and David Walsh, for their hospitality.

  • Noted Things Here & There

    by Ralph E. Luker

    Edward Luttwak, "Homer, Inc.," LRB, 23 February, reviews Stephen Mitchell, trans., The Iliad by Homer.

    Jonathan Lopez, "Bed, Bath, and Before," WSJ, 25 February, reviews Lucy Worsley's If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home.

    Charles Nicholl, "Death in Florence," LRB, 23 February, explores a 15th century mystery.

  • Things Noted Here & There

    by Ralph E. Luker

    Kelly Hignett hosts History Carnival CVII at The View East on Thursday 1 March. Send nominations of the best in February's history blogging to thevieweast*at*gmail*dot*com or use the form. David Silby hosts Military History Carnival XXX here at Cliopatria on Thursday 1 March. Use the form to submit nominations of the best in military history blogging since 1 December 2011.

  • Still More Noted Things

    by Ralph E. Luker

    Paula Findlen, "Galileo's Credo," Nation, 14 February, reviews John L. Heilbron's Galileo and David Wootton's Galileo: Watcher of the Skies.

    Brian Vickers, "Ben Jonson, Britain's first literary celebrity?" TLS, 15 February, reviews Ian Donaldson's Ben Jonson: A Life.

    John Barrell reviews Faramerz Dabhoiwala's The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution for the Guardian, 10 February.

    David A. Bell reviews Piers Paul Read's The Dreyfus Affair: The Story of the Most Infamous Miscarriage of Justice in French History for the Guardian, 16 February.

  • More Noted Things

    by Ralph E. Luker

    James Romm, "The Greeks' Daring Experiment," WSJ, 11 February, reviews Christian Meier's A Culture of Freedom: Ancient Greece and the Origins of Europe.

    Mike Dash, "The Monster of Glamis," Past Imperfect, 10 February, looks at the history of the castle's mystery.

    Jeffrey Wasserstram, "The Battle for China's Soul," WSJ, 11 February, reviews Stephen Platt's Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom: China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War.

  • A historian’s place in (current) politics

    by Jonathan Jarrett

    After the grinding pessimism of my previous post, I think it rather behoves me to also look at the question, what can we do, and specifically for this audience, what's the role of the historian in this? I'm much less certain I have any answers here, but I have some thoughts so I thought I would put them up to be shot at.

    I suspect, myself, that the morally correct response for the committed democrat in a situation like this is to quit his or her job, whatever it may be, start and then manage and fund-raise for a new party eschewing the principles they'd actually like to see mattering in politics. It wouldn't work, probably, but it would be ethical, and I honestly think that's what I should do. But I really really don't want to, I want to pay someone else to run the country for me so I can get on with my research, which is what I'm actually passionate about. So hopefully there is a rôle for a historian in this, right?

  • Weak Endnotes

    by Ralph E. Luker

    Michael Schapira interviews "Chris Lehmann," Full Stop, 7 February, about the peculiarity of studying history at Rochester with Christopher Lasch.

    Vladimir Shiltsev, "Mikhail Lomonosov and the dawn of Russian science," Physics Today, February, features the Russian pioneer in physics, chemistry, and astronomy. Little known in the West, Lomonosov also wrote poetry and history.

    Charles Rosen, "The Super Power of Franz Liszt," NYRB, 23 February, reviews Jonathan Kregor's Liszt as Transcriber.

  • More Modern Notes

    by Ralph E. Luker

    William H. McNeill, "The Doges of War," WSJ, 4 February, reviews Roger Crowley's City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas. Marina Warner, "Monsters, magic and miracles," TLS, 8 February, reviews Wes Williams's Monsters and Their Meanings in Early Modern Culture: Mighty magic.

  • Things Noted Here & There

    by Ralph E. Luker

    Nigel Cliff, "The Reign of Venice," NYT, 27 January, reviews Roger Crowley's City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas. Matthew Price reviews Norman Davies's Vanished Kingdoms: The Lives and Afterlives of Europe's Lost Realms for The National, 28 January.

    John B. Hattendorf, "The War Without a Loser," WSJ, 28 January, reviews George C. Daughan's 1812: The Navy's War and Brian Arthur's How Britain Won the War of 1812.

    Pablo Eisenberg, "The Foundation Business," Nation, 25 January, reviews Olivier Zunz's Philanthropy in America: A History.

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