Following the most recent referendum on Scottish independence, it's a perfect time to reflect on the origins of Scotland. What does the murder of John Comyn by Robert Bruce in 1306 tell us about medieval Scotland? How has history been rewritten to stress nationalist narratives? And did anyone really care about Scotland as a country or state in the early fourteenth century? All this and a murder most foul. Or moderately foul. Or perfectly justified. It's all very Scottish. But somebody was murdered and this week John takes a stab at addressing the formation of Scotland under Robert Bruce in the fourteenth century.
In the 1970s, Dr. David Rosenhan set out to show just how easy it is to be labeled mentally ill. And he and his pseudopatients did just that.
David Rosenhan. "On being sane in insane places." Science 179 (1973): 250-58
In 1887, Nellie Bly was asked to pass a week at an insane asylum. She said she would and she could and she did.
Nellie Bly. Ten Days in a Mad-House. New York: Ian L. Munroe, 1887.
Remember, remember the Fifth of November! Guy Fawkes has become an iconic face of the American Occupy movement, but was the Gunpowder Plot really an effort to improve the lot of the lower classes? This week we will explore the religious terrorism that inspired a national holiday.
Antonia Fraser. Faith and Treason: The Story of the Gunpowder Plot. Doubleday, 1996.
Alan Haynes. The Gunpowder Plot. History Press Limited, 2010.
J.A. Sharp. Remember, Remember: A Cultural History of Guy Fawkes Day. Harvard University Press, 2005.
Stories are spookier when they are rooted in reality. In celebration of Halloween, some of our podcasters have collected strange-but-true tales to get you through the night when the link between the living and the dead is believed to be the strongest. Join us for a selection of ghastly and ghostly factual anecdotes you can share at your Halloween party.
Podcasters: Elizabeth, Lucy, Christine
The Manhattan Project placed the lives of scientists and staff in New Mexico at great risk. One plutonium core in particular claimed two lives over the course of two years, earning it the epithet "The Demon Core." What happened? What did we learn from it? What was its eventual fate? We're going critical in this week's podcast.
Cynthia C. Kelly and Richard Rhodes. The Manhattan Project: The Birth of the Atomic Bomb in the Words of Its Creators, Eyewitnesses, and Historians. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 2009.
Jonathan M. Weisgall. Operation Crossroads: The Atomic Tests at Bikini Atoll. Naval Institute Press, 1994.
Alex Wellerstein. "The Third Core’s Revenge." Restricted Data: The Nuclear Secrecy Blog, August 16, 2013. Accessed October 13, 2014.
This podcast looks at the Union advances in the west from the battle of Shiloh through the Siege of Corinth and how the retreat of the Confederate forces along the Mississippi River ultimately contributed to the defeat of the South in the American Civil War.
Joan Waugh. US Grant: American Hero American Myth. University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
Steven E. Woodworth. Nothing But Victory: The Army of the Tennessee 1861-1865. Vintage, 2006.
Stephen E. Ambrose. Halleck: Lincoln's Chief of Staff, Louisiana State University Press, 1962.
From the late eighteenth century to the coming of the First World War, Europe's haute bourgeoisie looked to mineral waters (sipped or bathed in) as medication for their malaises and a cure for ennui. The architecture and economy of spa towns developed accordingly, creating an atmosphere for international communities to mingle socially, consume culture, and display their wealth. This podcast examines these phenomena...and the fascination they exercised for generations of literary giants.
Shelley Baranowski and Ellen Furlough, "Introduction," in: Being Elsewhere: Tourism, Consumer Culture, and Identity in Modern Europe and North America. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.
Trevor Fawcett, Bath Entertain'd: Amusements, Recreations, and Gambling at the 18th-Century Spa. Bath: Ruton, 1998.
Douglas Peter Mackaman, Leisure Settings: Bourgeois Culture, Medicine, and the Spa in Modern France. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
Tomi Brezovec, "To the Spa or the Sea? Changes in Health Tourism Demand in the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy." (talk, unpublished.)
Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Gambler
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier
By the dawn of the 17th century only one region of Ireland was largely out of English control. To change this, the Gaelic Irish heir to Ulster- Hugh O'Neill- was raised under close watch of the English crown. So what went wrong? Why did Hugh O'Neill end up in full rebellion against Tudor Queen Elizabeth I? And what exactly was the Flight of the Earls?
Nicholas Canny. “Hugh O’Neill, second earl of Tyrone (c. 1550-1616)” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004; Online edn, Jan 2008.
Steven Ellis. Ireland in the Age of the Tudors: 1447-1603. United Kingdom: Addison Wesley Longman Ltd., 1998.
John Guy. Tudor England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
Margaret MacCurtain. Tudor and Stuart Ireland. Dublin: Richview Browne& Nolan Ltd., 1972.
Hiram Morgan. “Hugh O’Neill and the Nine Years War in Tudor Ireland.” The Historical Journal. 36 (1993), pp 21-37.
Last week Esther and Christina began their crossover of our Doggy History and Film History series. Today, because there is more to the history than Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, they continue their exploration of dogs on screen and answer the question, why is there continuing human fascination with capturing dogs on camera?
Podcasters: Christina and Esther
Adrienne L. McLean, ed. Cinematic Canines: Dogs and Their Work in the Fiction Film. Rutgers UP, 2013. (See particularly the essays by McLean; Joanna E. Rapf; Kathryn Fuller-Seeley and Jeremy Groskopf; Sara Ross and James Castonguay; Wolf; and Alexandra Horowitz.)
Susan Orlean. Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend. Simon and Schuster, 2011.
Jonathan Burt. Animals in Film. Reaktion, 2002.