Category The History Discipline

The Vanishing Conservative Academic Historian

Let’s say you are a young conservative undergraduate, and you would like to go to grad school in history. Where would you look for a friendly advisor? If you are considering an Ivy League school, you might want to think again. According to research by Langbert, Quain, and Klein, available data indicates a ratio of […]

Brief, Briefer, and Briefest History

or A Brief History of Brief Histories. Once upon a time, history was long, boring, and cumbersome. It was full of facts, and it went on and on. Nobody could read more than a page of it without falling asleep at their desk. Something needed to be done. What if we could condense a history […]

The American Historical Review’s Nonsense

Today, I received the latest American Historical Review in the mail. Just try to make sense of the abstract of one of it’s featured articles: In “History in the Dungeon: Atlantic Slavery and the Spirit of Capitalism in Cape Coast Castle, Ghana,” Andrew Apter focuses on a West African spirit, Nan Tabir, a coastal diety […]

Reviewer #2 is a Jerk.

Let’s face it. Reviewer #2 is a always jerk. There is no list of peer-reviewers who might serve as the second reviewer, there is only one “Reviewer #2” and he is called on to read every article you write. Reviewer #1 is basically Julie Andrews dancing on a mountainside somewhere, singing praises about your article. […]