Virtual Field Trips; or Teaching the American Civil War from Across the Pond

This spring, American Crises, a second-year module that explored US history from 1775 to 1968, ran for the first time. Structuring the course proved extremely difficult. Although I had been warned by friends, colleagues and my own common sense that I could not possibly cover 193 years of social, political, military, economic, and cultural history in twelve lectures […]

Love is a Battlefield; or, Not your Typical Camp Follower

The following appeared in the Glasgow Advertiser in March 1814. Its veracity has not, I’m afraid, been verified. INFAMOUS ADVERTISEMENT. (From the Examiner of February 20.) A Lady, with a zeal for decorum be coming her sex and country, has sent us the following extract from a Daily Paper. It requires no comment; and its publication, we […]

Cargoes of Women: The Undocumented

As I slowly trawl through the pages of the Scottish press, I now and then come across a humorous anecdote, a winking satire, or a ludicrous lampoon. For the most part, I have shared these as research notes. Yet, as my folio of absurdities grew, a curious trend began to manifest; the marriage and migration of […]

Mapping Implicit Processes; or, Is This Source Okay?

Students love the Google Convenience Store. Most people do. Even those who question Google’s dubious privacy policies and monopolistic tendencies often turn to it (even if they do not always admit to it). Of course, there is nothing inherently un-scholarly about digital scholarship. Indeed, digitisation of primary material and scholarly comment is expanding and deepening our […]