Archive for history

What is the point?

Posted in Life with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“… The process of composing cover letters that summarize years of one’s life in 500 words or less can be soul destroying. The type of self-representation which is required by those engaged in the academic job hunt tends to reinforce the distance between ‘professional’ historians and everyone else with an interest in history …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 21 March]


Simon Schama: cuts will make history preserve of the rich

Posted in Fees and access, teaching with tags , on 20 February 2011 by Steve

“History will become the preserve of the rich if the coalition continues to cut arts and humanities in favour of sciences, Simon Schama the historian has warned …” (more)

[Sunday Telegraph, 20 February]

How do we write contemporary history anyway?

Posted in research with tags on 24 January 2011 by Steve

“Ok, I know what you’re thinking: another piece of shameless self-promotion from a member of the Pue’s collective. Well I can promise you, this is far from that. We are living – in case you hadn’t noticed – through historical times …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 24 January]

9 of the best web resources for teaching history

Posted in research, teaching with tags on 17 January 2011 by Steve

“I have been doing more teaching in the past few years and have found an amazing number of resources online. Some of them have been passed on through email lists or recommendations, but others have simply emerged from concentrated googling …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 17 January]

Historians Criticized as Often AWOL From Public Debate Over ‘War on Terror’

Posted in research with tags , on 13 January 2011 by Steve

“… Participants in a panel discussion held here last weekend, at the annual conference of the American Historical Association, said historians’ relative silence about today’s policies stems not from agreement, but from trends in their field that have discouraged their scholarly peers from becoming actively involved in public debates …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 12 January]

Historians Continue to Face Tough Job Market

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 January 2011 by Steve

“The job market for historians continued to deteriorate last year, although there is reason to hope it may be poised to rebound somewhat, according to a report released on Monday by the American Historical Association …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 January]

Great History Blogging

Posted in research with tags , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“A quick post on this frosty Monday morning to highlight the vitality of the wider blogging community that Pue’s forms part of …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 15 November]

€420,000 cost of OPW historian could have paid 16 archivists

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 24 October 2010 by Steve

“At least 16 archivists could have been employed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) for the €420,000 it has controversially cost for an historian to write just two chapters of an uncompleted book on the organisation’s history …” (more)

[Conor McMorrow, Sunday Tribune, 24 October]

Pue’s index

Posted in Life with tags on 30 September 2010 by Steve

“In honor of the students now flooding back to Irish universities and the forthcoming budget controversies, I thought I would do a little history maths. I will not rule out the possibility that I forgot to carry a ‘1’ somewhere …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 29 September]

It’s the little things

Posted in research with tags , on 27 September 2010 by Steve

“It was around this time last week. I was sitting at a desk in the OECD archives in Paris while the librarian showed me how to use Powerfilm, an unimaginably useful software programme that prints images from microfiche directly to pdf for the reader to take away and read at his/her leisure …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 27 September]

Book Review: A History of the University in Europe Vol 1

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 26 September 2010 by Steve

“You must know the past to see the future, so to the library I went. I’ve been reading Volume 1 of A History of the University in Europe edited by Walter Ruegg. For completeness sake, I’m posting a short review here, if you’ll forgive me for going off piste a little, both in topic and style. The Book is dull, scholarly and thorough …” (more)

[Robert Cosgrave, Tertiary 21, 26 September]

At loose ends

Posted in research with tags on 19 September 2010 by Steve

“A friend of mine has just finished the manuscript to her first book. Last week, as deadline panic set in and she tried to decide how much further revision was both necessary and feasible, she made an observation that struck me: historians pay more attention to introductions than conclusions …” (more)

[Juliana Adelman, Pue’s Occurrences, 19 September]

Historian paid €340,000, but no book yet in sight

Posted in research with tags on 16 September 2010 by Steve

“A historian has been paid at least €340,000 to write an official history of the Office of Public Works (OPW) – but eight years after it was due to be published, there is still no book and no final cost for the project. The budget for what was supposed to be a two-year contract starting in 2000 had been pegged at €76,000 …” (more)

[Ciaran Byrne, Independent, 16 September]

Interview: Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, NUI Galway

Posted in Life with tags , on 27 August 2010 by Steve

What book do you wish you had written? Well, Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization sold so many copies, and made so much money for the author, that I’m tempted to plump for that one! …” (more)

[Pue’s Occurrences, 27 August]

What use are historians anyway?

Posted in research with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“It’s been a tough few months for history. In June, Diarmuid Whelan, lecturer in international politics at UCC, died at the age of just 37. The following month Peter Hart passed away in Newfoundland …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Pue’s Occurrences, 9 August]

Peter Hart (1963-2010)

Posted in Life with tags , on 3 August 2010 by Steve

“The death of Peter Hart at the age of 46 has deprived Ireland of one of its finest scholars: it is difficult to think of anyone who contributed more to the historiography of the Irish revolution, or whose work on the subject had a greater public impact …” (more)

[Fearghal McGarry, Pue’s Occurrences, 3 August]

Danger of ‘Irish history being lost’ due to poor storage of archives

Posted in research with tags on 4 July 2010 by Steve

“Ireland’s national archiv­es are in danger of being lost or destroyed amid deteriorating storage conditions, according to senior management there …” (more)

[Jennifer Bray, Sunday Tribune, 4 July]

Archives in crisis: the response

Posted in research with tags , on 12 April 2010 by Steve

“On Saturday over 250 archivists, archive readers, students, staff and researchers from across the humanities packed into Trinity’s arts block for the ‘Archives in Crisis’ symposium and they were just the ones who made it in …” (more)

[Lisa-Marie Griffith, Pue’s Occurrences, 12 April]

Archives body can not collect all records because of space shortage

Posted in Governance and administration with tags on 12 April 2010 by Steve

“The National Archives is unable to take in all of the records it should be collecting under its statutory obligations as it has run out of space, a conference has heard …” (more)

[Georgina O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 April]

David Starkey swipes at ‘pretty girl’ history

Posted in research with tags , on 11 April 2010 by Steve

“He famously enjoys his reputation as the ‘rudest man in Britain’. Now the historian David Starkey has poured vitriol on his female competitors, likening their books to ‘historical Mills & Boon’ …” (more)

[Richard Brooks, Sunday Times, 11 April]