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16 February 2009
by andrew
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outside the lines

This biography of Clarence King, geologist, geographer and more, sounds fascinating. I don’t know why it takes the New York Times review (via) so long to reveal that: What they did not know was that when King was not living … Continue reading

12 November 2008
by andrew
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Cornelius Cole was not nearly the diarist his wife was – I was more interested in his correspondence – but that doesn’t mean my research did not turn up something incidentally interesting. Again from my old notes, again something not … Continue reading

11 November 2008
by andrew
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not for granted

I don’t have anything to say about Grant’s status as an intellectual, never having read his memoirs, but this discussion reminds me that I have in some old research notes an impression of Grant set down shortly after his first … Continue reading

1 August 2008
by andrew
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crafty historians

Thinking more about this… An undamaged (so to speak) brain perceives direct experience as continuous, but direct experience is not the same as history. Silas Weir Mitchell (in the linked post) wrote about injured Civil War veterans; Marc Bloch uses … Continue reading

3 June 2008
by andrew
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in their day

What was scholarship like back in the golden days? When I started reading blogs a few years ago, I paid a lot of attention to the kinds of discussions of higher education discussed in that link. Partly because I was … Continue reading