Sunday, December 24, 2006

Carnival #12 Supplement

Welcome to the supplement to the 12th carnival of bad history. Apparently there was some mixup with and their submissions, David Noon ended up doing a lot of work on his own. Here's the blogcarnival submissions, though (with a few unsuitable ones removed):

Tony Blair Pulls a Clinton posted at The Dugout, in which the British apology for slavery falls short of a real historical commemoration.

Pearl Harbor and the longue duree posted at Frog In A Well: Japan, in which I tackle some really sloppy historical causation.

A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict posted at Samson BLinded, is a disturbingly positive comparison between 1917 Russian Bolsheviks and contemporary Israeli right-wingers.

The Armstrong Tautologies posted at Avant News, is a charming satire of the recent technical recovery of Neil Armstrong's lost preposition.

An Occidental-Muslim's Criticism of Empires and Orthodoxies posted at Wa Salaam takes on one of the regular Bad Historians, Bernard a scholar I've never heard of, John Lewis.

The Little Professor had two pieces nominated: My year in books (with a special appendix on Victorian anti-Catholic sermons), a reminder that inarticulate intolerance is nothing new...."; and Department of ironic similarities, in which the pitfalls of making up words to describe your antagonists turn out to be well-established.

The Source of the National Debt, Why It Will NEVER Be Paid, and Why the Federal Reserve Should Be Liquidated, Part 1 of 2 posted at Bill Losapio is a fascinating example of the profligate use of "cabal" and "shady", not to mention basic misunderstandings of economic theory and practice. I never thought, when I first came on board this carnival, that people would self-nominate their own worst work....

Conrad Black: "Let them eat cake" posted at Sox First, in which mega-rich Black compares himself to a French nobleman during the Revolution.

Roy Moore on Keith Ellison posted at another history blog, dismantles, though it's an easy target, blatherings about the "Pilgrim roots" of the US.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of carnival of bad history using our carnival submission form.
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Friday, December 22, 2006

Bad History Time, Part 12

The twelfth installment of the Carnival of Bad History is up at The Axis of Evel Knievel. This month we learn how how many battleships were really sunk at Pearl Harbor, get a nomination for the worst ever portrayal of JFK in a movie, discuss the proper name for the unpleasantness in Iraq, and get a big heapin' helpin' of Pinochet.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

What's a Henge?

Natalie Bennett has done a lovely job with The Eleventh Carnival of Bad History. Seems to be a high Stonehenge ratio this month.... Thanks!

The next edition -- Get your Bad Christmas History stories in early! -- will be at Axis of Evel Knievel, which recently hosted the History Carnival. We have a host for January, but it's not too soon to start thinking about hosting next year -- heck, three guys have already started running for president in 2008!

Monday, October 23, 2006

CoBH # 10

The Carnival of Bad History number 10 is now up for your reading pleasure at Archy.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Wouldn't be Bad if...

...I could keep to a schedule. Yes, I'm an historian who can't keep track of dates. I didn't note Miland Brown's bravura hosting of our September carnival, nor did I note the fact that our brave founder, John McKay, aka archy will be hosting our next edition in a little over a week.

It's a Bad history carnival, not a neat, tidy chronology carnival, right?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Carnival of Bad History #7

The seventh installment of this now-monthly event is up at Hiram Hover's. Go on over, have a good bad history time!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Call for Hosts!

There's been so much great bad history on the web in the last few weeks (e.g. this or this or this), I'm seriously considering doing it myself, but before I do (and because I have other things I need to take care of this week) I want to give a last call for volunteers. Anyone who wants to put their name at the top of one of the most fun carnivals ever, drop a comment, or an e-mail and we will set you up. Late June, anyone?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Bad History Gets Better.... is that good?

When I posted notice of the First Carnival of Bad History, fellow Cliopatriarch Jonathan Reynolds quipped "Methinks we are only beginning to scratch the surface!"

Four (and a half) CoBHs later -- several of which have featured my work -- I think it's safe to say that we've scratched a lot of surfaces over the last year, but there's lots of pristine bunk out there, just waiting for bloggerly attention. Though I think professional historians have a special obligation to be tech-savvy and publicly outspoken on matters of historical interpretation and discourse, the Skeptics Circle community has been very engaged with historical illogic (e.g. Holocaust denial rebuttal here or here), and the CoBH itself was founded by the eminently skeptical John McKay.

I love this carnival -- its broad participation, its irreverent intolerance for ignorance, its potential as an educators' tool -- and I'm really honored that John has invited me to join the administrative team. It might seem odd for a professional, credentialed historian to take this step -- surely "Carnival of Bad History" will raise a few eyebrows on an academic cv -- but I intend to see this become one of the premier gathering grounds for reality-based snark, furious fact-checking and historical fun.

There will be a few changes coming: After the next quarterly installment, currently scheduled for June 20th, the CoBH will be going to a monthly schedule! It's a cliche, I know, but the blogosphere moves too fast for a quarterly event to maintain anyone's attention, and a healthy carnival needs a good rhythm and regular attention. The increased pace, though, means that we really need hosts! The next edition is scheduled for one month from now, and then we'll have one a month after that, etc. Contact John or I to volunteer, and make your mark in one of the most talked-about carnivals in the blogosphere! Or, if you just want to contribute material, you can send links to us or submit them here; nominations can be of other people's work as well as your own, if it deserves inclusion.