Mark Stoneman

Independent Historian / Freelance Editor and Translator

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  • Writing is hard work for almost everyone, no matter how talented or inspired. Writing is thinking. Good writers do not usually have finished ideas that they then type out. The process . . .

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  • William Germano offers excellent advice on revision in ten tweets, which I saved on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

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  • A short article I wrote with Kerstin von der Krone about History of Knowledge, the first blog in the German Historical Institute Washington’s scholarly publishing program, is now open access. See “Blogging Histories of Knowledge in Washington, DC,” in “Digital History,” ed. Simone Lässig, special issue, Geschichte und Gesellschaft 47,…

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    Open Access Article on ‘History of Knowledge’ Blog
  • We tried something new in connection with a conference called Learning by the Book. The conveners asked participants to submit a blog post to History of Knowledge in lieu of precirculated papers. One of the conveners, my colleague Kerstin von der Krone, did most of the coordinating work, prescreening posts…

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    Blogging before Conferencing
  • Quotation by David Perry on academic blogging

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  • Cartoon by SMBC Comics: “Science Articles: A Guide” (to the ratio of subject matter complexity to prose complexity)

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  • Quotation: Jo Guldi and David Armitage on the problematic distance between professional historians and the general public

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  • At the end of his English-language review of Anne Sudrow’s long book (in German) about the shoe in National Socialism, Neil Gregor has some choice remarks about German academic publishing, particularly dissertations and the second advanced dissertation (Habilitation) that would-be professors in Germany have to write.1 Of course, he does…

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