Gee, where did the last year go?*
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been hanging out here at the Margins for five years. Some of you have been with me from the beginning. Some of you found the blog last week.(And glad we are to have you here.)
Five years ago I was so uncertain about the whole endeavor that my first blog post was an attempt to answer the question “Why Another History Blog?” I don’t think my answer has changed much since then. I still have things I want to share with my fellow history nerds: a story that didn’t quite fit in a larger piece, an odd connection that’s tickled my brain, a book I’m excited about, a piece of news. I’m still delighted when you expand the conversation, whether by e-mail, comments on the blog itself, tweets, or Facebook posts. This year I’m particularly grateful for your support** as I’ve enjoyed the adventure surrounding my book. (There’s one more piece of big news yet to come. Stay posted.)
It wouldn’t be a birthday party without presents and I have a stack of books to give away. If you want to put your name in the medium-sized mixing bowl to win, leave a comment or send me an email before midnight Central Time on June 15. Tell me what historical period/event/figure you’re reading about today, how you became a history buff, or which of these books catches your imagination:
Niccolò Capponi. The Day the Renaissance was Saved.
Robin Lane Fox. Augustine: Conversions to Confessions.
Keith Jeffrey. 1916: A Global History (THREE COPIES, not including the one I’m keeping!)
David Lough. No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money.
Geoffrey Wawro. A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire
Heroines of Mercy Street: Real Nurses of the Civil War. (I don’t have to tell you who wrote that one, right?)
Here’s to another year of history!
*Okay, we all know where the last year went. I wrote a book and then went down the promotion rat hole.