The practice of “spinning” a story, or aiming for a particular narrative (during my lifetime), had grown exponentially to the point where I tossed out my television back in 2003. Yep, no cable, no satellite, and I’m proud of my (more…)

Emails crossing the Atlantic indicate I am to be an author. Routledge, a “Global publisher of quality academic books…” based out of London, gave me the good news late today. Now I don’t know what else to type. A soon to be “author” and I’m at a loss for words. Ha!

Oh, wait – I do have one word: (more…)

Last week I found myself growing ever more addicted to the research on Admiral John Byng’s trial. I have notes on this trial dating back to 2009. I have not seen some of my own research regarding Byng’s court-martial since 2014, the year I turned in my dissertation. Back then, I turned in four chapters none of which approached (more…)

A flurry of emails crossing the Atlantic of late. My book proposal submitted to Routledge (London-based) was passed on to peers a couple of months back. The peer reviews are starting to come in.

Amazingly, I seem (more…)

This past weekend I made the seven-and-a-half hour drive to Goleta, CA, the home of the University of California Santa Barbara. This is where the Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies (PCCBS) was held. Here are some thoughts leading up to, during, and post-conference. (more…)

Science, science, science… how I keep coming back to you. Maybe it’s that I am a historian of the long eighteenth century, the supposed budding years of Enlightened tinkering. I’m not complaining, merely pointing out how much History and Science have (more…)

According to Politico Magazine, Devin Nunes, the California Republican who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, may have selectively edited data to target the FBI. Along partisan lines, the committee voted to send this redacted memo to President Trump which allegedly proves FBI bias against him as they conduct an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Politico stated that the Bureau then went on a media offensive, their effort to discredit the already infamous Nunes memo before its contents become (more…)

In July of 1863, Confederate and Union forces fought in Pennsylvania near a small village named Gettysburg. In only three days some 50,000 casualties – both North and South – were tallied, the most during the course of the Civil War. By mid-October, a National Cemetery at Gettysburg began to rebury the dead. David Wills, a committee member overseeing the cemetery project, invited President Abraham Lincoln to (more…)

This article first appeared in History News Network.

Whether one believes Russia successfully hacked the United States presidential election or not is immaterial. There’s just too much incriminating evidence surrounding the hack – both from our own intelligence agencies and numerous journalistic investigations – which indicates Russia did as much and  (more…)

Sometimes Google can overwhelm students. Enter a name, phrase, or event under research into the search engine and Google replies with a staggering number of hits. Students may scroll for a few minutes and then (more…)