Neil Halloran recently released a short video that helps us to digest the tremendous toll that World War II took upon both military and civilian casualties. Halloran, who calls himself a data visualizer as well as documentarian; and co-founder of Higher Media Incorporated based in Texas, has done a splendid job bringing home the poignancy and tragedy of this often-called (more…)

In 1914, just weeks before the outbreak of the First World War, a Sioux Chief, Edward Two Two, rode his horse leading a small procession of his nation through the streets of Dresden.

Dresden? Isn’t that(more…)

Last month, an oil industry magazine based in Canada – you know, that country that considers ‘tar sands’ a good idea – placed an automobile on the front of its cover. So far so good, nothing unusual about that. To make a car go you need lots and lots of oil.

Except not this car. (more…)

My short time in the UK is at an end. I’m excited to be going home. Yes, I am homesick for my little slice of California, for my family’s warm embrace, and for the companionship of my friends.

But things are different. (more…)

Today I walked down from 13 Woodland Road (sight of the History Department at Bristol University) to the Print Services office down the hill. There was an unexpected cost: my dissertation will be placed on the university’s library shelves. As such, it must be hardbound, black spine, gold lettering, my name, title, and year. It’s kind of cool, except for the (more…)

So right now, as I write this, I have passed my viva. I successfully defended my dissertation. More impressive (at least to me), I received the highest score a PhD candidate can be accorded: a “straight pass.”

What does that mean, a “straight pass”? (more…)

Actually productive yesterday, re-reading a fantastic introduction from my external examiner’s book, Crowds, Culture, and Politics in Georgian Britain. Here, Nicholas Rogers details the historiography on crowd studies – which significantly shows up in (more…)

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