October 2013

A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps

October 29, 2013

I love Big Fat History Books, full of footnotes (no endnotes, please) and academic caution.  But I also love small, idiosyncratic books about history: books that look at the past through one person’s obsessions and interest. Chris West combined an uncle’s Edwardian stamp collection with his own interest in history to create a quirky and […]

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Road Trip Through History: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

October 26, 2013

My Own True Love and I recently spent a week in Austin, Texas. The reason for the visit was a family wedding. It was everything a wedding should be, full of love, creativity, and open-hearted hospitality. (Not to mention great food and dancing.) We ate, danced, mingled,* toasted the newlyweds, and danced some more . […]

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Shin-Kickers From History: Gandhi’s March to the Sea

October 22, 2013

The American Revolution had the Boston Tea Party; the Indian independence movement had Gandhi’s salt march. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the British government in India had a heavily taxed monopoly on the production and sale of salt. It was illegal for anyone to make or sell salt. If a peasant who lived […]

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Victorian People

October 18, 2013

Asa Briggs’ Victorian People first crossed my path again when A. Scott Berg unexpectedly quoted Briggs in his new biography of Woodrow Wilson.* (Coming soon to a blog post near you.) Soon I was stumbling over it everywhere–a phenomenon I’ve commented on before. When I needed to check a quick fact about the Crimean war […]

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The Allure of the Archives

October 15, 2013

The tagline for History in the Margins reads “A blog about history, writing, and writing about history.” (If you’re reading this through e-mail you may never have seen it.  Click on the title of the post and look at the top of the page.  It’s worth doing at least once because my blog design is […]

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The Modern Art Invasion: An Interview with Elizabeth Lunday

October 11, 2013

I’ve been looking forward to Elizabeth Lunday’s  The Modern Art Invasion: Picasso, Duchamp and the 1913 Armory Show That Scandalized America for several years now. *  Elizabeth tells the story of a piece of American history that is often forgotten, and just as often misunderstood** in an engaging style.  Because I read Big Fat History […]

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The Frankfurt Book Fair

October 8, 2013

Tomorrow the 2014 Frankfurt Book Fair opens its doors to publishing folk from around the world. For five days publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, film producers, rights managers, publishing technology specialists, and an occasional wild-eyed author will celebrate the High Holy Days of the international publishing world. Deals will be made. Buzz will be generated. Subsidiary […]

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On The Trail of Genghis Khan

October 4, 2013

I’ve admitted before that I have a soft spot in my heart for Genghis Khan.  My Own True Love and I dearly love a road trip, especially if it includes a historical site or three. How could I resist On The Trail of Genghis Khan–the story of a Road Trip Through History on the grand […]

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Whiskey Women

October 1, 2013

Fred Minnick is an award-winning, ascot-wearing, journalist and photographer. His newest book, Whiskey Women, combines two of my favorite things–history and whiskey.* I’m thrilled that he’s agreed to answer a few questions about the book, and whiskey, here on History in the Margins. Pour yourself a dram, pull up a seat, and enjoy! You came […]

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