Historical Website Review – Wilson Center Digital Archive – International History Declassified

I apologize for not having uploaded this earlier. This is the Historical Website Review I presented last week (23/09/14). The Wilson Center Digital Archive – International History Declassified Twentieth century history, especially after the Second World War, is global. In the struggle between west and east, capitalism and communism, United States and the Soviet Union, […]

Historians from the outside

The readings for this week open up a very interesting avenue for discussion. For me, personally, it is the current structure of the study of history as a whole. All of this week’s readings deal with this aspect of history, albeit from different starting points. Carr’s piece was the one that interested me the most and […]

Mr. Everyman – Public History as Facilitator of Past and Present

“Berate him as we will for not reading our books. Mr. Everyman is stronger than we are, and sooner or later we must adapt our knowledge to his necessities.” – Carl Becker The study of history has always been an interplay between the past and present. In spite of Leopold Von Ranke’s lofty ideals of […]

History’s “Outsider’s” and Professional Standards

It seems obvious that public history should reach the public, as Benjamin Filene states in the opening statement for his essay Passionate Histories: “Outsider” History-Makers and What They Teach Us. After all, as I see it, the public in the broadest sense owns and is collectively responsible its own history; historians merely toil on this […]

Creating Public History for the Public

Finding equilibrium between academic history and public history is not an easy task. Doing a thorough and in depth analysis of a historical topic of choice while meeting the public’s needs is not an easy balancing act. This weeks readings, especially A Shared Inquiry into Shared Inquiry by Katharine Corbett and Howard Miller were especially […]

Be a part of history

During a second year history class tutorial (HIS241 – 19th Century Europe), the teaching assistant (TA) mentioned an interesting problem historians are facing that ties into the discussion very well. As I recall, the TA said, “in a few decades, the period we are studying now will not matter. No one will care to remember […]

Working with the Public

Akin to the crowdsourcing reading last week, this week’s readings on public history hit on the same topic that has been irking me for a while, the apparent sudden realization that people care the most about themselves. Professional historians focus on the broader scope of history because they desire intellectual stimulation and therefore place high […]

Bringing the Passion in Histories

In reading “Passionate Histories: Outsider History-Makers and What They Teach Us” by Benjamin Filene this week, I discovered an obvious truth that the article evinced about human nature: humans and communities are only interested in things that are relevant to them. From ‘blindness to advertisements’ and the popularity of scanning within online information consumption (Nielsen) […]

To whom does history belong?

This week’s readings, on the theme of public history, raise really interesting and complex questions about the role of historians and the public in discovering, interpreting, and disseminating history- in other words, to whom does history belong? Graham Carr uses the controversy regarding the documentary series Horror and Valour to frame his discussion, whereas Benjamin […]

Reflections on Crowdsourcing

THanks to everyone who posted on the topic of crowdsourcing. Reading your blogs, it seems to me there are a few themes that recur, around which we should probably structure our conversation: “What constitutes a real historical practice?”, as Marsden Brooks asks (thx to Ken esp) Crowsdourcing and Community (this is my own primary interest […]