2010 Cliopatria Award Nominations: Best Writer
Look for the announcement of the winners in January at Cliopatria
Please submit, in comments below, your nominations for the best writer on a history blog since 1 December 2009. [registration not required to post nominations, but the usual rules of civility and conduct still apply] Nominations will be accepted from November 1st through 30th.
Please include a URL for posts you consider their best work (not just a URL for the blog). You may nominate as many posts or series as you wish in this category, and you may nominate individual blogs or bloggers in other categories as well.
Bloggers do not need to be academic historians. If you're not sure whether a blog or blogger qualifies as"history," nominate them anyway and the judges will make a final determination. If you have questions, feel free to contact Ralph Luker or leave a comment here.
Judging Committee: Aaron Bady (Chair), Andrew Seal, and Edward Cavanagh.
[Judges are ineligible to win awards they are judging, but feel free to nominate them for something else!]
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Jonathan Dresner - 12/1/2010
Nominations are now closed. Winners will be posted here when they are announced at the AHA in January
Jonathan Dresner - 12/1/2010
Jonathan Jarrett, Cliopatria (I believe he has another blog, too)
A few choice bits: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Chris Bray, Cliopatria, and various others, occassionally.
A few at random: 1, 2, 3, 4
Manan Ahmed, Chapati Mystery. E.g. Two Shorts, I am a Bhains, We are all Ahmadis VI
Susan Sklaroff - 11/30/2010
Rebecca Gratz & 19th-Century America
"Did St. Nicholas Visit the Gratz House?
"Tall Tales About Rebecca"
"The Rosenbach Acquires Sully Portrait of Rebecca"
Alice Linley-Munro - 11/29/2010
I nominate Tom Sykes for Best Writer for his website http://inpursuitofhistory.com/
His blog has managed to undo a long held belief of mine that history was dull and his writing shows flair. I believe http://inpursuitofhistory.com/ is one to watch.
Virginia Jackson - 11/29/2010
Jamie Malanowski, who is the lead writer in The New York Times Disunion blog. Here are links to his columns--
Clare Spark - 11/28/2010
I am nominating myself. Example: http://clarespark.com/2010/11/18/harvards-alpha-dogs/.
Michael Robinson - 11/26/2010
Call Me Starbuck
A Blog of One's Own
Field Notes: Moscow
david meadows - 11/23/2010
not sure if this one 'qualifies', but Mary Beard's regular musings in the Times of London blogs are incredibly well- and wittily-written on a regular basis:
judith weingarten - 11/18/2010
You might want to consider the latest post, too: http://judithweingarten.blogspot.com/2010/11/secret-language-of-palmyra.html
suleiman - 11/18/2010
I would like to nominate Airs, Waters, Places, a fascinating reflection on the history of the natural environment in the seventeenth century: here's a sample post: http://airswatersplaces.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/68-5cm/
Kelvin - 11/18/2010
Tom Bannister - 11/10/2010
I would like to nominate Mike Dash for best writer in the 2010 blogging awards for his work at his new blog "A Blast From the Past" [http://allkindsofhistory.wordpress.com/]. Dash is a rather unusual combination of writer and scholar - a Cambridge PhD who has also enjoyed a long career as a journalist and even got a couple of books nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. This seems to make him particularly good at spotting a story and developing it in interesting ways. Aside from being extremely engagingly written, his blog is unusually wide-ranging and often features high-quality new research on a very eclectic range of subjects.
judith weingarten - 11/9/2010
Nick - 11/8/2010
Lucid and elegant writing about the seventeenth-century environment. Every post is a pleasure to read.
David Weinfeld - 11/7/2010
I nominate the writer "Luce," (real name Kristen Loveland), as the best writer, for her writing on PhD Octopus
and formerly on Something Pending
Executed Today - 11/7/2010
As last year's winner in this category, I nominate Anthony Vaver for Early American Crime:
Anthony is a magnificent storyteller -- that's readily apparent in his podcasts -- and he produces a trove of page-turning 18th century biography from primary source research.
These are just a couple of characteristic posts; content of this depth and quality goes up routinely on Early American Crime:
Though his 47-part Convict Transportation series dates to 2008-2009, it basically constitutes a free online course on the phenomenon:
Katrina - 11/3/2010
I would like to nominate Lidian of The Virtual Dime Museum http://thevirtualdimemuseum.blogspot.com/
Brian Franklin - 11/2/2010
I nominate John Fea, at "The Way of Improvement Leads Home.
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- A pro-Hamas Left emerges among historians, complains Jeffrey Herf
- Classicist Mary Beard celebrated by the New Yorker as “The Troll Slayer”
- Ilan Pappé praised in Iran as a "prominent anti-Zionist Israeli historian and intellectual"
- It's hard to be an optimist today, but Juan Cole is