It's become commonplace in certain circles--particularly the academy--to point out that, throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries America has practiced a form of imperialism, exporting its ideas and way of life throughout the globe, often at the point of a sword (or, more accurately, the barrel of a gun). There is, of course, a great … Continue reading Reading History: “How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (by Daniel Immerwahr)
Every so often you find a book that is quite upfront about what it is and what it isn't, and such is Simon Jenkins's A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin. Beginning with ancient Greece and going from there, Jenkins provides a magisterial overview of several thousand years of European history. It's a … Continue reading Reading History: “A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin” (by Simon Jenkins)
Note: My sincere thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in return for an honest review. Every so often you read a piece of history that is blistering, refreshing, and utterly compelling. Such is historian Greg Grandin's The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. This book explores the ways in which the frontier as a concept, a myth, and an ideology has remained … Continue reading Reading History: “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mid of America” (by Greg Grandin)
I've always had a fascination with the legend of Anastasia Romanov, the youngest daughter of the doomed Nicholas and Alexandra who was rumoured, for much of the 20th Century, to have survived the massacre that struck her family. Before there was the exquisite Anastasia of animated fame, there was the 1956 film starring Yul Brynner and Ingrid … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “Anastasia” (1956)
Well, we returned back to work today. The Dissertation is coming along quite nicely, and I am actually confident that I can produce a workable, submittable draft by the middle of September. Not, mind you, that that will be the final version, but I want the Adviser to have seen all of the chapters in … Continue reading Dissertation Days (47): Back to Work I Go
I hate to be a fangirl but, well, I've been a fan of Kate Quinn's ever since I read her book Mistress of Rome way back when. I must confess, though, that I was a bit disconcerted when she announced that she would be moving from the world of ancient Rome to World War I and World … Continue reading Reading History: “The Alice Network” (Kate Quinn)
Despite the title, today was actually a good day, in terms of progress. As I said I would do yesterday, I switched to a bit of the close readings, focusing today on Cleopatra. I think the bare bones of how that section is going to look are almost there, but it will take another few days of … Continue reading Dissertation Days (40): This is Progress, Right?
After a very rough weekend, I got back into the swing of things today with some decent work on Chapter 4. I only wrote 500 words, but I do see the entire chapter starting to cohere in a way that it didn't before. I'm still not entirely certain that the pieces are all knitted together … Continue reading Dissertation Days (37): Back to Work
Well, the biggest news of the day is that Chapter 3 is, at last, finished and submitted. I think that it is a much stronger version of the chapter than earlier, so there is that to be proud of. It might be a while before I hear back about it, but I'm okay with that. … Continue reading Dissertation Days (36): DONE
I know I keep saying this, but I think I mean it this time. It looks like Chapter 3 will be sent off tomorrow. I'm finishing a few last-minute things--mostly footnotes and bibliographic entries that eluded me--but I'm so damn close! If I can just push myself over the finish line, and if I can … Continue reading Dissertation Days (35): Out, Out, Damn Chapter!