It might be 1 April but there are no fools in the history blogosphere if the last month is anything to go by. I’m pleased to present History Carnival 132, showcasing some of the fascinating blog posts published in March.
Thank you to all who submitted articles for inclusion. The next History Carnival will be at Michelle Higgs’s A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England on 1 May, so do nominate your own posts to reach new readers – or nominate someone else’s to show your appreciation for their work!
March was, of course, Women’s History Month, so the carnival begins with a celebration of the wealth of blogging that highlighted the life experiences and achievements of women of all eras. And this is just a small selection – check out Women’s History Carnival too for an ongoing round-up of women’s and gender history posts.
- Kelli Hansen of the University of Missouri Libraries introduces five women printers and booksellers of the 17th century, illustrating her post with photographs of the library’s examples of their work.
- At The History of Emotions blog, Amanda Herbert shows how a gift of quince marmalade can deepen our understanding of female alliances in early modern England.
- Niccolea M Nance at AfrocentriqueAZ celebrated the achievements of a different African-American woman for each day of WHM. The series begins with Bessie Coleman, the first female pilot of African-American descent (pictured) and you can follow the rest of the month’s posts from there.
- Essie Fox at The Virtual Victorian details the eventful life of 19th-century British actress and courtesan Cora Pearl, whose rags-to-riches-to-rags tale is characterised by both extravagance and sadness.
- A happier outcome prevailed for the anonymous woman in Lisa Smith’s post at Wonders and Marvels, whose fears about a false pregnancy illuminate early modern experiences of fertility.
- Isabella Bradford, one half of the Two Nerdy History Girls, reveals the construction of that 1780s fashion, the false rump – aka That Big Georgian Bum.
- When we talk about the ‘War Poets’, says Miranda Brennan at Lives of the First World War, we often think of soldiers. But the Voluntary Aid Detachment also had its talented writers, and Miranda introduces four of them in her post War Poets of the VAD.
- And in the London Review of Books Mary Beard examines the historical pattern for the ongoing silencing of the public voice of women. The transcript accompanies her lecture ‘Oh Do Shut Up Dear!’, which is also available to watch via the link.
- Back at her ownTLS blog, A Don’s Life, Mary Beard discusses the problems of Crimea – ancient style.
- Lisa Smith makes a second appearance in the Carnival too – her discussion of the nurturing side of early modern fatherhood coins the wonderful term ‘Medicinal Plaister Papas’ for dads who stepped up to the responsibilities of caring for their children.
- In his post Shaving in the trenches: washing and grooming in the Great War, Alun Withey examines an often-overlooked aspect of life on the front line, giving an insight into the sense of normality that such an apparently mundane activity could bring to soldiers far from home.
- How did a cartoonist of 1829 predict the ‘progress’ of technology? Georgian Gentleman Mike Rendell zooms in on the detail of William Heath’s ironically titled March of Intellect
- In the American History Association’s Perspectives on History Magazine, Lillian Guerra provides an enlightening discussion of the legacy of slavery and why Caribbean history matters.
- After the abolition of slavery in the US, thousands of Confederates emigrated to Brazil. But as Ian Curry writes at Vaguely Interesting, they didn’t manage to perpetuate the slave-owning way of life.
- Jason M Kelly’s lavishly illustrated essay focuses on A Regency Capriccio: Thomas Hope, Dilettantism, Aesthetics and Race.
- Tim Abbott of Cornflower Blue and Corduroy highlights the importance of critical evaluation of primary sources, with his post about an oft-cited – but fictional – account of the German-Herero war of 1904.
You might expect a lot of history of medicine posts here at The Quack Doctor, but that’s not just because it’s my area of interest. No – it’s because histmed and histsci bloggers are really on the ball about nominating!
- At Early Modern Medicine, Jennifer Evans looked at the dangers of drinking stagnant water and getting more than you bargained for in the form of a stomachful of frogs.
- A more useful member of the pond life community is, of course, the leech, and K A Woytonik blogged at Khronikos about the history of blood-letting.
- Jai Virdi-Dhesi at From the Hands of Quacks has produced a number of great posts this month, including this one about an early 20th-century hearing aid device – the time travelling, vote gathering, miraculous Acousticon! (pictured)
- A long-standing tactic in the promotion of proprietary medicines was to present them as one ingredient in the recipe for a home remedy. Alisha Rankin at the Recipes Project discovers an early example of this practice in 16th-century Padua.
- Meanwhile the Chirugeon’s Apprentice, Lindsey Fitzharris, investigates the history of dentures and the stigma surrounding ‘Waterloo teeth’.
- As is the host’s prerogative, I’d like to sneak in here with my own post about 19th-century chemist Alfred Ramey, whose successful advertising of a nasal inhaler gave no hint of the horrifying surgical experience he’d survived in his youth.
- I love a good rebuttal of history myths, and as ever the Renaissance Mathematicus comes up trumps. A guest post from Tim O’Neill shows how Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos got the story of Bruno wrong. The Renaissance Mathematicus himself, Thony C, then continues the analysis of Cosmos with the question: did Edmond really tell Robert to ‘sling his hooke’?!
Well it’s time for me to sling my hook now and get back to my usual task of rooting out the typographical treasures of the medical advertising past. Have a great month and we’ll see you next time over at A Visitor’s Guide.