History Buzz April 6, 2009: March 2009 in Review, Awards & the OAH






  • David McCullough: Opposes Tower Near Brooklyn Bridge – NYT, 4-1-09
  • Alan Brinkley: Fox News hounds Columbia University History Professor – Thinkprogress, 4-1-09
  • David Starkey: History has been ‘feminised’ says Starkey as he launches Henry VIII series – Telegraph (UK), 3-30-09
  • OAH: Finances Take a Slide and Convention Attracts Fewer Attendees – Rick Shenkman reporting for HNN, 3-30-09
  • John Ellis: Fewer history majors? Blame the ideology of the profs, says … prof – Frontpagemag.com, 3-24-09
  • Stanislav Kulchytsky: The historian who refused to go along with USSR cover-up of Ukrainian famine – NYT, 3-15-09
  • Doctoral Candidates Anticipate Hard Times: A survey by the American Historical Association, for example, found that the number of history departments recruiting new professors this year is down 15 percent…. – NYT, 3-7-09
  • Norman Golb: Raphael Haim Golb, Son of Dead Sea Scrolls historian Norman Golb charged – Reuters, 3-6-09
  • Archive Collapse Disaster for Historians: The collapse of the Historical Archive of Cologne on Tuesday buried more than a millenium’s worth of documents under tons of rubble. Archivists and historians hope something can be salvaged, but the future of the city’s past is grim. – Spiegel Online, 3-4-09
  • Anthony Grafton: Graduate school in a New Ice Age Daily Princetonian. 3-2-09
  • Currie Ballard: Historian nets $60K from auction of vintage films: A historian has netted $60,000 from the auction of vintage films depicting the life of blacks in Oklahoma in the 1920s. – KSWO, 3-2-09
  • David Allen: Historians hunt for Civil War-era passage that could have run from Fort Totten to Bronx – NY Daily News, 2-28-09
  • Allen Weinstein: Joins the American Heritage Board of Directors – Press Release–American Heritage, 3-4-09



  • Kat Long: The Past as Peep Show THE FORBIDDEN APPLE A Century of Sex and Sin in New York City NYT, 4-5-09
  • Kat Long: THE FORBIDDEN APPLE A Century of Sex and Sin in New York City, First Chapter – NYT, 4-5-09
  • New Deal Revisionism: Theories Collide – NYT, 4-4-09
  • Brendan Simms: BOOKS: ‘Three Victories and a Defeat’ Rearranging sides one war after another THREE VICTORIES AND A DEFEAT: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE FIRST BRITISH EMPIRE Washington Times, 4-4-09
  • Beryl Satter: Ploys in the Hood FAMILY PROPERTIES Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America NYT, 3-19-09
  • Adeed Dawisha: Author of Iraq: A Political History explains why he wrote his book Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH blog), 3-20-09
  • Edwin Black: Author of ‘IBM and the Holocaust,’ ties together the threads of their traitorous collaboration – Richard Pachter in the Miami Herald, 3-9-09
  • Beverly Gage: History of the Wall Street bombing of 1920 getting lots of press “On the Road to 9/11, There Was 9/16 ” The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror NYT, 2-28-09


  • Michael Kazin: In America, Labor Has an Unusually Long Fuse Michael Kazin, a historian at Georgetown University, said that while demonstrations remain a vital outlet for the European left, for Americans “the Internet now somehow serves as the main outlet” with angry blogs and mass e-mailing. – NYT, 4-5-09
  • David Kennedy: In America, Labor Has an Unusually Long Fuse Professor Kennedy saw another reason that today’s young workers and young people were protesting less than in decades past. “This generation,” he said, has “found more effective ways to change the world. It’s signed up for political campaigns, and it’s not waiting for things to get so desperate that they feel forced to take to the streets.” – NYT, 4-5-09
  • Sean Wilentz “Drawing The Battle Lines Of Class Warfare Affluence Is Targeted By The Economically Distressed … And The Politically Astute”: “There was a great deal of cultural as well as political resentment at the rich, for having gotten away with murder in effect for too long,” said Princeton historian Sean Wilentz. “One certainly saw that in the 1930s. You can’t look at a popular movie from the early 1930s and feel that palpable sense that the rich, personified by a fat guy sitting on moneybags with a cigar clenched in his mouth … that they are the enemy.”… “It’s not that the rich are rich,” said historian Sean Wilentz. “Everyone wants to be rich in America; nothing wrong with it. But if you’ve gotten there by ill-gotten gains, if you’ve gotten there by screwing over the American public and the American taxpayer. … well, that’s another matter.” – CBS News, 4-5-09
  • Jonathan Sarna “A Jewish Holiday, Once Every 28 Years”: “Frequent rituals, like saying kaddish every day, are difficult to maintain, and without strenuous effort they cease to be meaningful,” Mr. Sarna said. “Infrequent rituals — those performed annually or once in a life cycle, like a bar mitzvah, or in this case once in 28 years — are by definition more exotic and it is easy to draw meaning out of them,” he said. “In all religions, the infrequent rituals are more widely observed and tend to be more beloved than the frequent ones.” – NYT, 4-4-09




  • John Hall: UW-Madison hires historian thanks to Ambrose gift – AP, 4-5-09
  • Pekka Hämäläinen: Associate professor of history at UC Santa Barbara, has won the coveted Bancroft Prize for his book “The Comanche Empire” (Yale University Press, 2008) – UC Santa Barbara, 4-1-09
  • Joyce Appleby, Susan Armeny, Stan Katz, and Brian Lamb: Win OAH Awards – HNN, 3-30-09
  • Joyce Appleby: Wins OAH award OAH Press Release, 3-26-09
  • William R. Lewis: Chair of British History at the University of Texas at Austin is the 2009 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award – National History Center, 3-18-09
  • Drew Gilpin Faust: Harvard president wins $50,000 book prize from N-Y Historical Society – AP, 3-10-09
  • Lawrence Freedman: British historian wins $15,000 Gelber prize for book on Middle East A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East Canadian Press, 3-9-09
  • H.W. Brands, Jon Meacham, Drew Gilpin Faust: Finalists Named in Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history and biography – LAT, 3-2-09



  • April 6, 2009: SUNY Cortland Professor of History Sanford Gutman will deliver the College’s Phi Kappa Phi lecture on the subject of Jewish-Arab relations on Monday, April 6. Titled “Opposing Loyalties?: A Progressive, Jewish Historian Confronts the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” the talk begins at 4:15 p.m. in Old Main on the third floor mezzanine. The lecture is free and open to the public. – ReadMedia (press release), 4-2-09
  • April 17-18, 2009: University faculty and leading scholars from across the nation will gather Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at the Law School for “Slavery, Abolition and Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Thirteenth Amendment” a conference on the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment. – The University of Chicago Chronicle, 4-2-09
  • May 2, 2009 The War of 1812 Revisited at Conference: The Fort La Présentation Association of Ogdensburg, NY is sponsoring a War of 1812 War College Saturday, May 2, 2009 – Press Release, 4-1-09


  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS American Experience: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Crucifixion” – Monday, April 6, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Banned from the Bible I & II” – Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT



  • Mark Stein, How the States Got Their Shapes (Reprint), April 7, 2009
  • Stephanie Cooke, In Mortal Hands: A Cautionary History of the Nuclear Age, April 14, 2009
  • Vincent Bzdek, Kennedy Legacy: Jack, Bobby and Ted and a Family Dream Fulfilled, April 27, 2009
  • Alex Storozynski, Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, April 28, 2009
  • Thomas Childers: Soldier from the War Returning: The Greatest Generation’s Troubled Homecoming from World War II, May 13, 2009
  • Simon Schama, American Future: A History, May 19, 2009
  • Geoffrey Blainey, Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and His Rivals in the South Pacific, May 25, 2009
  • Douglas Brinkley, Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919, June 30, 2009


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