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The Problem with Big Books; Or, Alan Taylor's Biggest Sin

One of the first things I did after finishing my dissertation a couple of months back (other than sleeping for an entire week, of course), was reading Alan Taylor’s latest tome,  918 more words


sandvick reblogged this on DailyHistory.org and commented:

Big books are a blessing and curse. When they are written by Alan Taylor they are blessing because they are extraordinarily well written and meticulously researched. On the hand, a big book in less capable hands can even be long hard slog for graduate students and faculty. Benjamin Park at the Junto complains that even an Alan Taylor book can be too long for undergraduates. Is he right?

From the Pocahontas Exception to Ancestry.com: Genealogy, the History of a Hobby

The internet has made the study of one’s genealogy relatively simple for those in the West. Genealogy is an enjoyable hobby for many people, as whether one believes in nature, nurture, or a mixture of the two, one’s genealogy may reveal interesting personal traits about oneself, as well as facilitates conversation between young and old members of a family. 1,621 more words

History In The Media

A Visit to Yorktown


Despite today’s D-Day anniversary I decided to check out a Revolutionary War site, the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, VA. This site was the location of the October 19, 1781 Battle of Yorktown marking Lord Cornwallis’ surrender. 159 more words

Life Learning

A Stroll Through Local History

The images above all come from Lee Hall Mansion in Newport News, VA. On a complete whim my best mate and I decided to go visit one of the many local history sites that we’ve neglected to visit over the years. 144 more words

Life Learning

Discovering a Wealth of Information through Research: William Fleming's Medical Resources

On my first day as a summer intern at HMWV, another intern and I were given notepads and instructed to peruse the Migrations at the Crossroads of History… 1,074 more words

July 4th Commemoration in Northern Neck Corn Field

Even in Virginia’s Northern Neck, Burnt House Field Cemetery is an out-of-the-way place to honor a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The cemetery at Hague in Westmoreland County is surrounded by a brick wall and 100 acres of corn. 293 more words



Check out my new post on Virginia culture and History!

In the last post on Virginia history, we took a crack at condensing the state’s past into a linear, teleological tunnel- a difficult task to be sure. 442 more words

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