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The Carnival of History.


Welcome to the 13th installment of the History Carnival, appearing one week only at WILLisms.com. Let's get right into it.

First, a bit of historical humor from the Skwib blog.

There's been quite a debate over Jared Diamond's works and the Guns, Germs, & Steel production on PBS.

Some participating in the debate:
Savage Minds blog.
Brad DeLong.
Easily Distracted.
Frog in a Well.
Crooked Timber.

The no great matter blog, meanwhile, explains why critiques of Diamond are inherently difficult to accomplish.

Across the Bay blog offers us Ethnohistory, Ideology, and Modern Politics.

PaleoJudaica blog examines the historiocity of the Gospels, and posits:

It is heartbreaking to think of how many ancient sources have been lost over the centuries.

Cliopatra blog examines The Strange Career of Alleys, Avenues, Boulevards, and Interstates.

Giornale Nuovo writes on The Empire of Vegetables (and some really neat pictures).

Acephalous blog writes about the problems of historical generalizations.

Rebecca Goetz takes issue with the notion that bloggers are damaged goods in academia.

Alun blog takes note of ice age phallus symbols and the history of sexual artifacts.

Snail's Tales also offers an Ephesian example of phallus-happy art.

Alan Allport at the Horizon blog gives us a five-part take on "Some damn fool thing in the Balkans: the origins of the Peloponnesian War" (Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five).

Philobiblion offers a new use for footnotes.

Respectful Insolence blog believes that too many people compare situations to Hitler's Nazi Germany, far too often.

The Little Professor takes on Lumping and Splitting and the struggle between generalizations and specificizations.

Pearsall's Books profiles the Irish in Canada.

Frog in a Well blog takes a gander at Japanese representations of Asian history.

The Volokh Conspiracy looks at the fascinating history of the (in)famous Scopes "monkey" trial.

Just how smart are those hominids, anyway?

Coffee Grounds blog asserts that the New World has a uniquely screwed up class consciousness.

The Rhine River blog offers a three part look at Tristan and the Sites of Gerrman Memory (Part One; Part Two; Part Three).

Searchlight Crusade offers an interesting take on Islam, Historical Christianity, and Reform.

Antti Leppänen's notes on Korea profiles the holocaust and Japanese occupation.

Early Modern Notes looks at Early Stuart Libels, and an oldschool fart joke.

On the Commons blog looks at Newton, Camden, and Common Things.

And last, but certainly not least, is the Fascinating History blog's take on the history of tuberculosis.


The next History Carnival, on or near the 15th of August, will appear at Philobiblon. Email Natalie Bennet at natalieben[at]journ[dot]freeserve[dot]co[dot]uk.

If you're interested in hosting in the future, contact the History Carnival's Sharon Howard sharon[at]earlymodernweb[dot]org[dot]uk.

Posted by Will Franklin · 1 August 2005 10:43 AM


In the name of justice, I am obliged to help to disseminate story of a religious persecution ... My apologies for irrelevance.

Breaking News!
Barbaric persecution of an apostate …

The Malaysian authorities are persecuting an ex-Muslim fondly known as Ayah Pin and flattened his religious commune dubbed as Sky Kingdom, which is a quasi-religious commune located in north east Malaysian.

Once Muslim, Forever Slave!
Ayah Pin has publicly renounced his Islamic faith in 1998 but was REJECTED by the state (NB: Apostasy is a capital crime is Malaysia punishable by DEATH!)

The Persecution
In 2001, the Malaysian authorities jailed Ayah Pin for 11 months for attempting to renounce Islam. He is viewed as a security threat and they continue to harass him with all sorts of uncivilized threats befitting the low-life including smashing up the lovely giant teapot and flattening the commune, which they just did yesterday!

Prior to the destruction yesterday, the authorities raided the commune in July, 2005 and detained 45 faithful including a Kiwi, senior citizens and among others, 3 children of Ayah Pin and his 3 wives. I read somewhere; there are kids left behind unattended in commune and while some faithful have to pawn all they have to bail themselves out, the rest are still in custody.

Their crime: Being unIslamic!

As if the arrest was not good enough, mobs made up of some 35 unidentified assailants armed with Molotov cocktails attacked the commune and set the place ablaze …. Assailants attack Ayah Pin's commune with Molotov cocktails! ... I supposed mobs and Molotov cocktails are Islamic.

If you have a comment, please do not hesitate to email me at divinetalk@gamil.com. Alternately, you are welcome to do so at the forum (http://divinetalk.blogspot.com/2005/07/islam-persecution-i.html)

Posted by: la bona at August 1, 2005 02:25 PM

Dang. I don't know how the existence of a History Carnival escaped my notice.

Is it too late to throw a hat into the ring?

Posted by: Russ at August 1, 2005 02:40 PM

You can make a comment with any of your submissions, Russ. Be sure to submit for next time before the 15th, to Philobiblion.

Posted by: Will Franklin at August 1, 2005 02:48 PM

Thanks, Will.

This isn't terribly scholarly, (or indeed, scholarly at all) but what the heck: Pooped.

Posted by: Russ at August 1, 2005 03:22 PM