Thursday, January 13, 2011

Best history blogs 2010

The Cliopatria Awards for the best history blogs for 2010 have been announced at the American Historical Association Annual Conference held in Boston.

I was pleased to see that the award for best post went to Mike Dash for his "The Emperor's Electric Chair,".  This post provided the base for a teaser post on this blog. I said at the time that it was a remarkably good post.

Do have a browse of all the winners.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jim

Haven't read your latest post yet, but just wanted to record a couple of things before I forget.

1) I like the possibilities of the rating system you have introduced.

2) ABC Sydney radio has been having an almost daily series of talks by Michael Cathcart - historian. Sorry if spelled incorrectly, and sorry if he's on the wrong side of the history wars you occasionally mention, but it has really been a pleasure to listing to him fossick through our history the past few weeks.

Have a lovely day

Jim Belshaw said...

On the stars, KVD, it just demonstrates that I do listen to you!

I am glad that you have been enjoying Michael. The history wars are only a problem when, as I do sometimes, history becomes a means to argue a point independent of the evidence.

Anonymous said...

Just a bit more on that ABC radio thing today - Cathcart was discussing an upcoming drama project for ABC TV based not on the Eureka Stockade itself, but the trials of some of the participants - something I quite simply had never given thought to.

In terms of the dramatisation, they were seeking an "anchor" personality for the production - not Lalor because at the time he was apparently in the hills having his arm? amputated after the uprising. So he discussed an Italian-immigrant who was one of the ringleaders, and who wrote the only eye witness description of the incident from the miners' p.o.v., then the wife of another, who was sort of shades of Betsy Ross in that she actually assisted in sewing the Eureka flag, and lastly the first person actually tried - found not guilty and carried through the streets of Melbourne in celebration. And he was an African American.

What a hodgepodge of characters - and all missing from any general knowledge history I have held to over my life. I must read more of this episode.


Anonymous said...

And, having read your latest, I wanted to record my opinion, but "the stars" are gone!

I really must examine my past lives for grievous sin - as you suggested a few days ago.


Jim Belshaw said...

KVD, the stars seem to come and go for reasons I don't understand. If I load and they are not there, then I hit refresh and they appear! All very strange.

The Italian was Carboni. It was indeed a hodge podge of characters.