Mark Grimsley, “Why Military History
Sucks Sucked,” Blogging Them out of the Stone Age, June 2, 2016 (originally 1996)
This is an older critique, and I agree there has been much improvement. Still, negative examples abound, making this short piece as worthwhile as ever.
If we pass around quotes on images without even a hint of the quotes’ origins, aren’t we part of the problem?
Categories on a blog have a way of getting out of control over time. Am trying to reduce their number, make them more useful, and put tags to better use.
Some participants of the conference I referenced in the previous post took it to twitter. See #GHImaps.
This New York Times story sure hits close to home: 272 Slaves Were Sold to Save Georgetown. What Does It Owe Their Descendants? As a human being and as an alumnus, I find this startling. As a historian, I can’t think of a better way to make history relevant to students in the present.
At Portal Militärgeschichte, Markus Pöhlmann reports that a joint German-Russian digitization project has made available a substantial number of World War One–era German military documents at the Russian defense ministry’s central archive. There is also a digitized collection of the German secret services from 1912 to 1945.
Additionally, the multi-volume Der Weltkrieg 1914-1918 (The World War), published by the Reichsarchiv in excruciating detail, is now available digitally thanks to the Upper Austrian State Library in Linz. As Pöhlmann points out, this work continues to be essential for operational history because it was written on the basis of documents that were largely destroyed in World War Two.
Finally, the Austrian-Hungarian counterpart has been digitized in Linz too: Österreich-Ungarns letzter Krieg 1914-1918 (Austria-Hungary’s Last War).