Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Redundant Search for a National Narrative.

On the surface it seems that historians have given up on the national project because creating any kind of national narrative has finally been recognized as an unrealistic project.  Yet there is still a obsession with defining what it means … Continue reading

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What is with all the fish?!

Environmental historians like fish.  NiCHE could create an extensive bibliography of fish related books and articles.  What is this obsession amongst environmental historians with fish (and the water they live in)?  Here is what I’ve come up with to explain … Continue reading

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Not even remotely related to anything academic.

So I’ve been on a huge Kasabian kick for about 6 months. Their new album “West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum” is brilliant, I can’t stop listening to it, and this video to the track Underdog is fan-freaking-tastic! Enjoy. Now back … Continue reading

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Recovery from an Existential Crisis.

It is expected that at some point in your MA or PhD you will have an existential crisis of some kind.  Usually they are minor and lead to a tweaking of a topic that makes it stronger but is not … Continue reading

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Walls all fall down eventually, even imaginary ones.

I spent a lot of time thinking about walls today – probably because today is the culmination of nearly a month of media hype over the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  The Guardian newspaper started posting … Continue reading

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Welcome to Canadian Historiography Part II – The Liberal Order Framework.

The Liberal-Order Framework is Ian McKay’s answer to fragmentation of Canadian history and an attempt to re-invigorate political, economic, and political-intellectual history.  The framework is built around the idea that from the 1840s to the 1940s liberalism, as seen in … Continue reading

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Canada! Heck yeah!

The thing I love about Canadian history is that it is the ultimate oxymoron – most histories that attest to be national are, but Canada is the master.  ‘Canada’ exists as a coherent, united entity in theory and politics only. … Continue reading

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