Nineteenth-century History

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Hoax Played On 19th Century Rare Book Collectors

You don’t hear about a lot of hoaxes that are as successful as this one was. A friend pointed me to an article that tells about a hoax played on a large number of 19th century rare book collectors. I’ve posted part of it here: Jean Nepomucene Auguste Pichauld, Comte de Fortsas, was a man...

It Happened in Colorado

Today I ordered a new book that looked really interesting. The book is called It Happened in Colorado by James A. Crutchfield. I am originally from Colorado and so I figured a book on the history of Colorado would be an interesting read. James A. Crutchfield always writes interesting books about the...

Original Shakespeare Theater Found

I just got through reading an interesting article from the BBC about archaeologists having found and partially excavated the foundation of the original theater Shakespeare would have used. It is believed that the premier of plays such as Romeo and Juliet and an older version of Hamlet were performed...

David Irving’s Translation of Der Dienst: Erinnerungen 1942-1971

For anyone who is going to be working with the memoirs of Reinhard Gehlen, do not use David Irving’s translation of it, entitled: The Service: The Memoirs of General Reinhard Gehlen. For a project I am working on, I have been dealing with both Irving’s translation as well as the original...

Was German intelligence correct about the Lusitania?

I read an interesting article which discusses recent findings that reveal that the cruise ship Lusitania, whose sinking propelled the US into World War I, was actually carrying arms despite Allied claims denying it. Here is a portion of it: Her sinking with the loss of almost 1,200 lives caused such...

Finals and the Rise of Democracy in England

Well, this week is finals week here at the University of Wyoming as it probably is at so many other universities. I have finally finished up my paper for British history. My research carried me in a slightly different direction than I had originally anticipated in that my original project was going ...

Google Earth and Ancient Rome

I know this has absolutely nothing to do with American history whatsoever, but I found it quite fascinating, so I thought I would share it here. Google Earth has announced a new layer in which you can tour a completely 3-dimensional version of Ancient Rome as it was in AD 320. The models for the...

Remaining Romanov Bones Found

I know this has nothing to do with American history, but I thought I would add an entry about it anyway since I found it interesting. The History Blog is reporting that the remains of the two missing children of Tsar Nicholas II have been found. The bones belong to Tsarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess...
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