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Volume 1 • Number 2 • November 2014

Greetings, H-Net readers, and welcome to the second edition of our occasional newsletter! (Follow the link to view the newsletter.) The newsletter highlights the work of our wonderful teams of volunteer editors and contributors, points you to new projects underway, and helps subscribers get the most out of their H-Net membership.

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Announcing the World War I Crossroads Network!  In commemoration of the World War I centennial, the World War I Crossroads will combine all new content and a compilation of World War I related content from across H-Net.  Crossroads Networks use the new features of the H-Net Commons to allow editors to collaborate on projects that go beyond the scope of their individual networks.  Subscribe to the World War I Crossroads to get notification of new content and to join the discussion! 

New Funding and Job Opportunities

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What's New For Teachers

Re: The End of the Civil War College Course

I am enjoying this discussion and am blogging about it, but was curious to know from the responders thus far how many students usually enrolled in the Civil War classes at your institutions? Were they usually popular, as I am of the impression from reading your replies that the courses are still quite popular among students.

Re: The End of the Civil War College Course

At my university (Southeastern Louisiana University, a relatively small--15,000--regional state school), I teach both an undergraduate Civil War course and graduate seminar, both of which typically have at or near maximum enrollment. About a third of each course is spent on growing sectionalism, Nullification through secession, and two-thirds on the war, ending with the war's conclusion. We certainly don't plan on phasing out either course.

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Recent Calls for Papers

CFP: AJS Panel "Jews in Contemporary Eastern Europe and the FSU"

We are seeking participants for a panel on Jews in Contemporary Eastern Europe and the FSU. Papers that focus on Jewish history and political involvement in Eastern Europe and the USSR/FSU in XX-XXI centuries are particularly welcome. Relationships between Jews and politilcal leadership in the former Soviet Republics is another venue we want to explore.

Please send your proposals to  arib27@gmial.com and kiriru14@gmail.com

 

 

CFP: International Summit on Civil and Human Rights (New Dates: October 28-30, 2015)

The fifty-year anniversaries of major events of the American civil rights movement provide occasion for reflection on milestone events in the American civil rights movement. We take pause to recall the significance of Brown v. Board of Education, the Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, and the major civil rights legislative achievements.

CFP: After the War, A New Beginning? A Comparative Examination of Reading Primers Published and Used in 1945 in Europe

DEADLINE EXTENDED to May 3rd, 2015!

CFP: "After the War, A New Beginning? A Comparative Examination of Reading Primers Published and Used in 1945 in Europe" Workshop, Germany, Nov. 2015 (April 26, 2015)

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Recent Items For Scholars

Defining World History vs. Global History

As a classmate of Jordan's, I can relate that the issues raised in her post were the subject of lively debate in our class, especially Olstein's attempts to neatly delineate world and global history, as well as the ten other categories mentioned by Jordan: comparative, relational, international, transnational, sociological, civilizational, ocean, world-system, global, history of globalization, world, and big histories.

Re: Evidence of soldiers jamming rifles

There is an oft-repeated account of 12,000 muskets recovered from the Gettysburg battlefield with 2 or more charges rammed down the muzzle, including one with more than 20. They all appear to trace to one source-- Major T.S. Laidley, "Breech-loading Musket," United States Service Magazine 5 (January 1865): 67-70. I don't know how "reliable" this source is, or if there are any other corroborating accounts of this fantastic number.

Perhaps Earl Hess discusses the issue in his book on Rifle Tactics?

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Latest Postings from H-Net Reviews

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Author: 
Mark Masterson
Reviewer: 
Matthew Perry

Perry on Masterson, 'Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality, and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood'


Mark Masterson. Man to Man: Desire, Homosociality, and Authority in Late-Roman Manhood. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014. 272 pp. $62.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8142-1268-4; $62.95 (e-book), ISBN 978-0-8142-7352-4; $14.95 (cd), ISBN 978-0-8142-9372-0.

Reviewed by Matthew Perry (John Jay College, CUNY)
Published on H-Law (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Michael J. Pfeifer

Author: 
Peter Baldwin
Reviewer: 
Adrian Johns

Johns on Baldwin, 'The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle'


Peter Baldwin. The Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. 552 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-691-16182-2.

Reviewed by Adrian Johns (University of Chicago)
Published on H-Diplo (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Seth Offenbach

Author: 
Mahmood Monshipouri
Reviewer: 
Kenny Kolander

Kolander on Monshipouri, 'Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy'


Mahmood Monshipouri. Democratic Uprisings in the New Middle East: Youth, Technology, Human Rights, and US Foreign Policy. Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2014. xi + 221 pp. $140.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-61205-134-5; $31.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-61205-135-2.

Reviewed by Kenny Kolander
Published on H-War (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Dennis L. Fink
Reviewer: 
John Poirot

Poirot on Fink, 'The Battle of Marathon in Scholarship: Research, Theories and Controversies since 1850'


Dennis L. Fink. The Battle of Marathon in Scholarship: Research, Theories and Controversies since 1850. Jefferson: McFarland, 2014. 240 pp. $45.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-7864-7973-3.

Reviewed by John Poirot (Louisiana State University)
Published on H-War (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Untangling the Battle of Marathon

Author: 
Michael Zeuske
Reviewer: 
James Lockhart

Lockhart on Zeuske, 'Amistad: A Hidden Network of Slavers and Merchants'


Michael Zeuske. Amistad: A Hidden Network of Slavers and Merchants. Translated by Steven Rendell. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2014. 284 pp. $68.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-55876-592-4; $28.95 (paper), ISBN 978-1-55876-593-1.

Reviewed by James Lockhart (Embry-Riddle College of Security and Intelligence)
Published on H-War (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Margaret Sankey

Author: 
Ralph Jessen, Lydia Nembach-Langer, eds.
Reviewer: 
Robert P. Stephens

Stephens on Jessen and Nembach-Langer, 'Transformations of Retailing in Europe after 1945'


Ralph Jessen, Lydia Nembach-Langer, eds. Transformations of Retailing in Europe after 1945. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate Pub., 2012. xvi + 234 pp. GBP 74.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4094-2444-4; ISBN 978-1-4094-2445-1.

Reviewed by Robert P. Stephens (Virginia Tech)
Published on H-German (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Chad Ross

A Close Examination of Postwar Retailing

Author: 
Michael J. Kramer
Reviewer: 
David Farber

Farber on Kramer, 'The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture'


Michael J. Kramer. The Republic of Rock: Music and Citizenship in the Sixties Counterculture. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. xi + 292 pp. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-538486-4.

Reviewed by David Farber (Temple University)
Published on H-1960s (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Zachary Lechner

The Counterculture Rocks

Author: 
Emily Blanck
Reviewer: 
Peter C. Messer

Messer on Blanck, 'Tyrannicide: Forging an American Law of Slavery in Revolutionary South Carolina and Massachusetts'


Emily Blanck. Tyrannicide: Forging an American Law of Slavery in Revolutionary South Carolina and Massachusetts. Studies in the Legal History of the South Series. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2014. 224 pp. $49.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8203-3864-4.

Reviewed by Peter C. Messer (Mississippi State University)
Published on H-Law (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Michael J. Pfeifer

Author: 
David Williams
Reviewer: 
Justin Behrend

Behrend on Williams, 'I Freed Myself: African American Self-Emancipation in the Civil War Era'


David Williams. I Freed Myself: African American Self-Emancipation in the Civil War Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 274 pp. $80.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-107-01649-1; $27.99 (paper), ISBN 978-1-107-60249-6.

Reviewed by Justin Behrend (SUNY-Geneseo)
Published on H-CivWar (April, 2015)
Commissioned by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz

Who Freed the Slaves?

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