The Falklands War in perspective

Ross Mahoney has posted an excellent review/summary of the recent seminar at the Centre for First World War Studies in Birmingham. It was titled ‘The Falklands War in Perspective: 25 Years On.’

Here’s his opening paragraph:

‘Saturday 23rd June saw another day school at the Centre for First World War Studies, University of Birmingham. The theme for this year’s school centred on the Falklands War in respect of that conflicts 25th anniversary, which was commemorated this year. Being the first day school I have attended I was pleasantly surprised with a good turn out at the event even though Dr John Bourne, the Centre’s director, did note it was not as high as usual and that this was probably because the content was not about the First World War though after listening to Dr Bob Bushaway’s lecture you could have been forgiven for thinking that you were but more on that later.’

Other stuff worth a look

Roman Times talking about Brennus and the First Sack of Rome.

Mark Grimsley’s second installment of his discussion about military history in general history courses.

Cardinal Wolsey’s Today in History talking about how Cornish rebels meet a sticky end , 27th June, 1497.

imageNews for Medievalists reveals plans for Board game Carcassonne becoming a video game.





Military History in history courses

Mark Grimsely at Blog Them Out of the Stone Age has began a series of posts, responding to a challenge of ‘incorporating military history into general US history courses.’ As you would expect of anything posted by Mark, the opening thrust of the debate is stimulating and contains some great links to additional material.

To me it raises another question – ‘Why is military history not already included in general US history courses?’

In the UK military history has become an integral part of the GCSE teaching program. Students are taught in depth about both the first and second world wars, events such as the battle of Britain, Dunkirk, trench life and the battle of the Somme are all examined in detail. I am not sure how much of this is carried through to university level, though I suspect it is far more prominent in the UK than the US.

Other stuff worth a look

Sparta talks about The Spartan Hoplites’ Uniform.

Collaborative Manuscript Transcription has an interview with Mat Unger of Papa’s Diary.

A list of new medieval warfare articles at De Re Militari Website.

The Medieval Warfare Blog looks at computer games with a medieval topic.

War correspondent, Michael Yon, reports from Iraq about the first day of Arrowhead Ripper.


Papas Diary Project

Many times on this blog I have ranted on about my belief that the Internet will (has) transform the way in which historical information is viewed and exchanged. Since the introduction of free blogging services and relatively cheap hardware, DIY digitalization has become a real option.

Papa’s Diary Project is a great example of what can be done. Matt Unger is currently transcribing and blog posting a daily page from his grandfather, Harry Scherman’s 19 24 diary. At the time Harry Scheurman was twenty-nine years old. He had been in America for 11 years, but much of his family still lived in the central European, Jewish ghetto of his youth. He was a garment worker, union activist and Zionist fundraiser. He was also unmarried and terribly lonely.

The blog makes fascinating reading and, for me, represents one of the many facets of the Internet that I find so exciting.

Ben Brumfield at Collaborative Manuscript Transcription has also posted about Matt’s blog.

Other stuff worth a look

The Greek Fire and Ancient Chemical Warfare & The Pilos Helmet and the spartan Hoplites.

Campus Mawrtius
digitalized version of a 10th century manuscript of the Iliad.

Blog Them Out of the Stone Age
Mark Grimsley resurrecting the old discussion about Academics v Intellectuals.

The 48th Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry
Lt. Curtis Pollock Describes the Battle of Fredericksburg

War and Memory conference for schools

by arltblogger on Thu 21 Jun 2007 17:34 BST  |  Permanent Link  |  Cosmos

This conference will now take place on Saturday 11th November 2008
‘War and Memory: Ancient and Modern compared’
Suitable for GCSE and A Level History, Ancient History, English, Classical
Civilisation, Latin and Greek students.
The conference will take place at the Classics Centre, University of Oxford,
on Saturday November 11th 2008, with distinguished speakers from Oxford,
Manchester and The Open University.
Sessions include the following topics:
• The portrayal of war in Greek Tragedy (focusing on Euripides,
Sophocles’ Antigone and Aeschylus’ Persians)
• The influence of Homer’s Iliad on poets of the 20th and 21st
centuries. Discussion of the statement: ‘War is a productive thing for
• The cultural impact of war – focus on Roman Britain.
• How did we commemorate our war dead in the 20th century? Caroline
Coxon from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the achievement
of equality in death.
• The role of physical monuments and iconography in the commemoration of
wars in the ancient world.
• The use and abuse of Classical precedents in the commemoration of
modern wars. The Classical World’s influence as an accomplice in state
The conference has three principal aims: to introduce students to the
conference format, get them involved in the debate asking questions and
discussing answers, and prompt them to make connections between topics they
have some familiarity with in order to better their general understanding of
the Classical World and its relationship with the modern world.
A booking form for this event will be available from the Classics Outreach
Officer and the Outreach website in January 2008:\outreach

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History in the Internet

I find it fascinating that many organizations seem to be resistant to using the Internet to spread historical information. I recently corresponded with the National Archives website about the lack of RRS feed for their regular podcast series. Gavin Robinson has also been engaged in an ongoing debate Your Archives, a wiki-based website set up by the UK National Archives, over their copy right policy.

It strikes me that these organizations are missing the point. If used correctly the Internet is an opportunity not a threat.

Here’s a couple of links to people who get it:

BBC Magazine podcast (Gary Sheffield talking about Wellington)

The Darwin Project

Why Blog?

Seth Godin is essential reading for any blogger. This post is a great example of his work:
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Just one post

A lot of people have blogs. But most people don’t.

I think you should. Even if you only have one post in you.

Having a blog is pretty daunting, especially if you don’t like blank paper and are the sort of person that hates falling behind. I can imagine that the idea of posting 50 or 300 times a year is a little bit nuts for many people.

But what if there’s just one thing you need to say, but you can say it clearly and well and in a way that hasn’t been said before? What if you’ve got one great blog post inside of you, and, even better, you’re willing to update that post as you learn more and gain more insight?

An entire post about a certain kind of fossil. Or the misuse of a certain word. Or about a key difference between two kinds of bluetooth…

Why not?

  blog it

To Flanders Field

A new First World War blog has been set up. Here’s how they describe it:

This blog has been created to introduce and inform people of our forthcoming exhibition To Flanders Fields, 1917 which will open in August 2007 at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. This exhibition marks the 90th anniversary of this terrible and most costly year of war for the Australians as they campaigned through northern France to Flanders, culminating in the Battle of Passchendaele. The exhibition will depict the service, courage and sacrifice of Australians during this ordeal, and how we commemorate them to this day.

In particular, the blog seeks to,

  • Support the exhibition and stimulate interest in it during the lead up to opening, and to provide a sample of what will appear in the exhibition.
  • Record and relate some of the exhibition team’s experiences in putting together the exhibition.
  • Provide an online exhibition of sorts for the benefit of those unable to attend the exhibition in Canberra.
  • Provide additional content to support the exhibition for those who want to know more, or for material we couldn’t fit into the physical exhibition.


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