Category Archives: American History

C17th Masque Costume

My gravatar image is taken from the Woburn portrait of Lucy, Countess of Bedford wearing her  sumptuous costume for Jonson’s 1606 masque Hymenaei. What is so interesting about her costume here is the ways in which it departs from Jonson’s description … Read More »

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Guy Fawkes and MI5

Yesterday witnessed a landmark moment in the history of state control and spying, when the UK’s three leading spy chiefs appeared on television, answering questions put to them by a Commons Select Committee. As I watched the heads of MI5, MI6 … Read More »

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Fear and superstition in the Highlands

  This less than professional image of these very appealing heart shaped tokens was taken by me on a recent visit to Inverness Museum. The Museum information tell us that they are known as ‘seun’ or ‘sian’ and were carried … Read More »

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Teaching at Masters Level

This term I have started teaching my ten week MA module entitled The Atlantic World 1450-1800. This is the second year that I have run this unit,. not only giving me the confidence that the thing works at all, but … Read More »

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New Year, New Challenges?

Having enjoyed a complete break over the Christmas period, it’s now time to turn back towards work and think about what future has to offer. The New Year naturally brings two priorities for many people: consolidation and innovation. Part of … Read More »

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End of term at last!

I know that all academics and teachers are feeling relief at seeing the Christmas break approaching!  It’s not that we don’t enjoy our jobs and can’t wait for a break, it’s simply that term time can feel relentless sometimes and … Read More »

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American History Reading Group

Sometimes Americanists can feel isolated in their departments because they are surrounded by American scholars of other disciplines in an American studies department, or other historians in a History department. One quick and cheap way to combat research isolation is … Read More »

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Teaching North America using Maps

I have written before about the importance of using visual resources in teaching. Maps are an excellent example of this sort of teaching tool. And there are plenty of online historic maps available to use in the classroom. One website … Read More »

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American history scholarship: the European connection

Many scholars working on the history of the US while being based in the UK see their workig life as a series of transatlantic relationships. They go to the US for research or conferencing, perhaps to work sometime during their … Read More »

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US History documentaries: new resource!

PBS, the American version of the BBC has recently started a UK version of the channel. Unfortunately and somewhat ironically it’s not free to view here in the UK but if you or your university can get access to it, … Read More »

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