History Buzz April 27, 2009: Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

HISTORY BUZZ:

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

    On This Day in History….This Week in History…. April 27- May 3, 2009

  • 500 years on, England reconsiders Henry VIII: proclaimed king in April 1509: England’s King Henry VIII is known as a tyrant who killed two of his six wives, but a series of exhibitions marking 500 years since his coronation reveal he was also a romantic, a keen sportsman — and the country’s first eurosceptic. Henry, who was proclaimed king in April 1509, was “the most important king of England… we’re still at the tailend of the ruling of Henry,” explained David Starkey, a historian specialising in the Tudor period. Henry changed the course of history when he broke with Rome and founded the Church of England, following the refusal of pope Clement VII in 1530 to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he could wed Anne Boleyn. In doing so, Henry (1491-1547) became “the first eurosceptic — he is the inventor of England,” Starkey told AFP. “When he came to the throne, Henry was the pious prince who ruled England at the heart of the Catholic Europe,” the historian explained in publicity for one of the exhibitions. “When he died, he was the great schismatic, who had created a national church and an insular, xenophobic politics that shaped the development of England for the next 500 years.”… – AFP, 4-26-09

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

  • James Mann: HISTORY Ronald Reagan, Revised THE REBELLION OF RONALD REAGAN A History of the End of the Cold WarWaPo, 4-26-09
  • Barbara Moran, Todd Tucker: HISTORY Secret Accidents and Lost Bombs THE DAY WE LOST THE H-BOMB Cold War, Hot Nukes, and the Worst Nuclear Weapons Disaster in History, ATOMIC AMERICA How a Deadly Explosion and a Feared Admiral Changed the Course of Nuclear HistoryWaPo, 4-26-09
  • Jay Taylor: The Final Triumph of Chiang Kai-shek THE GENERALISSIMO Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern ChinaWaPo, 4-26-09
  • Wendy Doniger: Another Incarnation THE HINDUS An Alternative HistoryNYT, 4-24-09
  • Jennifer Scanlon: Miniskirt Lib BAD GIRLS GO EVERYWHERE The Life of Helen Gurley BrownNYT, 4-24-09
  • Marcia Jo Zerivitz: Local historian’s book details early history of Jews in Miami A local expert on Jewish history discusses her first book, ‘Images of America: Jews of Greater Miami.’ – Miami Herald, 4-26-09
  • Margaret Macmillan: New Book about the uses and abuses of history The Uses and Abuses of HistorySource: John Gray in the Guardian (4-18-09)

QUOTES:

  • David Starkey: TV historian sparks fury of a nation with ‘feeble little Scotland’ jibe: A LEADING historian was under pressure to apologise yesterday after he described Scotland as a “feeble little nation”. David Starkey also hit out at Robert Burns, describing him as a “boring provincial poet”, and dismissed bagpipes as “awful” on BBC’s Question Time. – Scotsman, 4-25-09

PROFILES & FEATURES:

  • Amity Shlaes: Why GOP is devouring one book: Amity Shlaes’ “The Forgotten Man” like soccer moms before book club night: Shlaes’ 2007 take on the Great Depression questions the success of the New Deal and takes issue with the value of government intervention in a major economic crisis — red meat for a party hungry for empirical evidence that the Democrats’ spending plans won’t end the current recession… – Politico, 4-21-09
  • David Starkey: Henry VIII — Mind of a Tyrant was a Hello! history – Times Online UK, 4-26-09
  • Charles B. Dew “Hunger for history as Civil War’s 150th approaches”: Charles B. Dew, professor of American history at Williams College in Massachusetts, said southerners have been unwilling to confront a prewar economy based on slavery while northerners have sought to blot out memories of their own “profoundly racist” society.”Americans, like most people, want a usable past. They want it to make sense,” Dew said. The conference, he said, is an opportunity “for shining some light in some of the darker corners in Virginia, and by extension, Southern history in a very critical moment.” – AP, 4-24-09
  • Edward L. Ayers “Hunger for history as Civil War’s 150th approaches”: Edward L. Ayers, a pre-eminent Civil War historian who organized the inaugural conference, said the goal is “to put people in the moment” and set aside preconceived notions. He said voices overlooked in past war narratives are being welcomed and future conferences will probe the role of African-Americans, the home front and even a global view of the conflict. “We have the opportunity to look at this with a fresh eye,” said Ayers, president of the University of Richmond. “Let’s enter into a conversation with these people of the past and understand just what they were thinking. How was it they could end up killing people that were their neighbors?” AP, 4-24-09
  • “Hunger for history as Civil War’s 150th approaches”: AP, 4-24-09
  • Michael Oren: Speculation heats up as to who will fill US ambassador slot – Jerusalem Post, 4-23-09

INTERVIEWS:

HONORS, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

  • And the Pulitzer Prizes go to …: History – The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed, Biography – American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham, General Nonfiction – Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon – Source: http://www.pulitzer.org (4-20-09)

SPOTTED:

  • Hannah Geffert: Blacks played a large part in John Brown’s historic raid: Hannah Geffert, a history professor at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown presented “John Brown and His Secret Alliance” Sunday as part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s Little Lecture Series. – Sunday Gazette-Mail, 4-26-09
  • Dana Shoaf: Historian Articles should appeal to masses – Herald Mail, 4-20-09
  • Howard Zinn: “Americans Who Tell The Truth” Event Features Historian and Icon – Open Media Boston, 4-23-09

EVENTS CALENDAR:

  • 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
  • June 11-14, 2009: The ninth annual “Reacting to the Past” Institute at Barnard College (New York), Annual summer history institute at Barnard College – Source: Press Release (4-21-09)

ON TV:

  • PBS, Monday April 20, at 9pm: Seeing History Through Indians’ Eyes: “We Shall Remain” NYT, 4-12-09 (pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain)
  • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS American Experience: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: “Return of the Pirates”, “Shadow Force: Pirate Strike” – Monday, April 27, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Black Blizzard” – Tuesday, April 29, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Under the Rock” – Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Life After People: Outbreak,” “Life After People: The Bodies Left Behind” – Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Cults: Dangerous Devotion ” – Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT

BEST SELLERS (NYT):

COMING SOON BOOKS:

  • 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

DEPARTED:

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