having started this historically focused space, I naturally spent a little time checking out the rest of the historical blogosphere. Almost immediately it struck me how overwhelmingly Ameri-centric the ‘sphere is; so many of the best, most frequently linked and prominent blogs are almost invariably history-writing coloured with (often partisan) analyses of current American politics. Granted, it’s historically conscious analysis and wonderfully cogent, but there’s so, so very much of it! I am still surfing and ferreting out links, though, so I may well find more balanced paths further down the line. At any rate, here are some writers that caught my eye so far — enough to add them (however probationally) to my feedreader.
History Carnival: The meat and potatoes of the blogosphere, I think — fortnightly cavalcades of history-related links (see also their regional and periodic spin-offs. The obvious starting point for my inroads into the historyweb.
Crooked Timber: “of humanity, no straight thing was ever made” — how can you not love a blog with a headline like that? but it was really this post and its magnificently robust discussion that caught my attention.
History News Network: particularly Cliopatria (link-rich) and Revise & Dissent (idea-rich). HNN also do a great series of history-in-the-media roundups, and a roundup of that roundup. I am a sucker for meta-savvy blogs, even if they are somewhat Americentric.
Progressive Historians: I admit to being slightly disappointed with this, but only because the high-concepts of progressive history and “history and politics of, for and by the people” resonates so deeply with me that I was crestfallen to discover what it really meant was “of, for and by the American people”. Nevertheless, their debates on Wikipedia were seductive.
Paleo-Future: This is totally fascinating — histories of what people in the past thought the future was going to be like! They’ve a wonderful knack of picking up on a whole gamut of paleofutures ranging from the seriously obscure to the not-so-long-ago and the just-plain-hysterical. I love it!
Easily Distracted: Wonderfully prolific & eloquent — Timothy Burke from Swarthmore’s History Department. Perhaps unusually for a history academic, he’s totally plugged into the tech scene, although he might deny such accolades. But he taught a class on the history of the future, and that did it for me.
World History Blog: Refreshingly extra-American and even extra-European, with some wonderfully eclectic knowledge in their archives. But I feel like for a blog addressing the very geographically unstable category of ‘World History’, they might perhaps stabilize themselves by attending to theoretical issues of global and transnational history. Point of interest here: my secondary supervisor Chris Bayly recently participated in an awesome American History Review conversation on this very topic — it makes for stimulating reading, if you’re that way inclined.
I’m still on the hunt — if anyone has any favourites, feel free to leave me a link🙂