Things Noted Here and There
Proof, if you need it, that I'm no medievalist. Once past the questions about age and gender, I couldn't answer a single question on"The Gret Quizz of Medievale Trivia". Thanks to Goeffrey Chaucer for the tip.
Steven F. Haywood,"The Liberal Republicanism of Gordon Wood," Claremont Review of Books, Winter, explores the communalism of Gordon Wood. It would be a better piece, if Haywood did not use the word"liberalism" in contradictory ways.
Edward Rothstein,"Best-Seller Big Bang: When Words Started Off to Market," NY Times, 27 January, reviews"Victorian Bestsellers," the latest exhibit at New York's Morgan Library & Museum.
Scott Horton,"The Master of Mount Misery," Balkinization, 26 January, sees parallels between two owners of a Maryland plantation house. Here, Nettie Washington Douglass, the great-great-granddaughter of Frederick Douglass, who was once a slave at Mount Misery, peers over the gate toward the plantation house. Thanks to Andrew Sullivan, Caleb McDaniel and P. Morris for the tips.
Francis Fukuyama,"Identity and Migration," Prospect, February, argues that
Immigration forces upon us in a particularly acute way discussion of the question"Who are we?", posed by Samuel Huntington. If postmodern societies are to move towards a more serious discussion of identity, they will need to uncover those positive virtues that define what it means to be a member of the wider society. If they do not, they may be overwhelmed by people who are more sure about who they are.
Garry Wills,"At Ease, Mr. President," NY Times, 27 January, traces the militarization of the presidency since 1941. GWB is not, says Wills, my" commander-in-chief".
- New Hampshire professors at odds with library over discarded books
- Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
- Independent Scotland's last gasp forgotten in Panama jungle
- LBJ was the ‘most-threatened president in American history’
- New exhibit at the World War I Museum ... Over by Christmas: August-December 1914
- Ken Burns on Colbert to promote his new documentary, "The Address"
- UC Santa Barbara History Department featuring a series on the Great Society at 50
- Historians are trying to recover censored texts from World War I poets
- Diane Ravitch blasts the NYT for failing to understand the controversy over Common Core
- Mormon history professors debate atheists in bid to foster greater understanding