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June 27, 2017

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Professionalizing History 7: Academic History and the Institution That Thinks Inside the Box

In the last installment of Professionalizing History, we talked about the world of public history  – one that is oftentimes overshadowed by the looming world of academia. While academic history seems to be everyone’s “go-to” history job, we must not forget the museums, historical organizations, archiving industries, government positions, and library systems that make up

Professionalizing History 4: Howard Zinn and the War Against American History

I’d like to thank anyone who gave me their thoughts and opinions (in person or through email) about the first three installments of this Professionalizing History series. In the last installment, Part 3, I discussed the differences between empathizing and sympathizing with history, referring to an incredible conversation overheard in the hallway one morning. If you

Catherine and Peter

Catherine the Great: Part 2 – A Dysfunctional Marriage

After a wedding ceremony that lasted four hours and receiving a ring worth more than the average village this side of the Don River, Catherine and Peter were an item – a dysfunctional royal one. The obsession so many young girls have with becoming a princess and being whisked away to a powerful kingdom to have a happily ever after with some Prince Charming is…fantasy at that. Catherine’s marriage was Peter was objectionable at best.

guns of the south

Book Review: The Guns of the South

Very interesting, very questioning, and overall a fantastic merge of pure fiction and an alternative perspective for what might have taken place had the South gotten a hold of machinery and weaponry more powerful than the Union. There are very few moments that make me question the time period — showing lots of research on the Civil War and the society that functioned within it. But, hardcore historians have to realize that this is a work of fiction — sci-fi time travelling mixed with mind blowing alternate detail.

Book Review: Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder, a modern classic in the young adult genre written by R. J. Palacio, is a story about a disfigured middle-schooler from the perspective of six (seven if you have the special edition) different characters. Touching on the concepts of bullying, friendship, and individuality, the book is obviously targeted towards preteens that deal with these topics on a day to day basis.

Is Traditional Retail Dead?

While I don’t believe traditional retail is dying, I do believe it’s transforming. The buy-and-sell process is still very well seen even with big online dealers such as Amazon. Instant access is huge for customers. Accessability is huge. Why would anyone want to get in their car and drive somewhere when they can lounge around in their underwear and purchase the next Fifty Shades of Grey or whatever the general population has decided is “good fiction” from the luxury of their own home? Traditional retail is attempting to step into a world of convenience. The conventional store front is evolving into an online webpage.

What is Bibliomania?

While regular book lovers buy books for the knowledge inside of them, bibliomaniacs amass books, piling them higher and higher and determining their import only by weight, measurement, and exterior qualities knowing they’ll never open them. While people with this “disorder” love books for their outward appearances, normal people tend to like them for the stories inside and what was actually written. For bibliomaniacs, books are treasures to be protected at all costs. For normal book lovers and buyers (often called bibliophiles), books are friends that deserve to be enjoyed by all.