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Chapter Three of my MA Thesis

"And then they all ingested intestinal parasites and had a lot of diarrhea."

Welcome to my Professional Network!

Dear followers, we have reached the point at which I must ~utilize~ you.

Next month, I will be graduating from the University of Maryland-College Park with two Master’s degrees: one, an MA in History, and the other, an MLS with an Archival specialization. I also have a BA from Purchase College (SUNY) with a double major in History and Journalism.

I can: archive, blog, teach, edit, and research. I can do: feature writing, content writing, exhibit content writing, public history, historic interpretation, special collections library work, and collections management work. If you or anyone you know in the Washington DC metro area is looking for someone who can do any of these things, I would really appreciate it if you would send them my way! My LinkedIn profile may be found here (and please feel free to add me!): https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=63965535&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

gabrellalove asked:
How do I read your history of or origin of Judaism ? Thank you'

Hi there! I’m not quite sure what you’re asking. Are you curious in the Iron Age emergence of the Canaanite group who would become known as Israelites? Are you asking about Israelite folk religion? The compilation of the Hebrew Bible? The emergence of something which can be seen distinctively as “Judaism”? The circumstances which led to the writing of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds?

Without fully knowing what sort of information you’re interested in, I can point you to some of the books in the following section of my Further Reading page: http://historicity-was-already-taken.tumblr.com/Further%20Reading#Biblical%20Scholarship

General Jewish History books may be found here: http://historicity-was-already-taken.tumblr.com/Further%20Reading#Jewish%20History

Please do follow up if you’d like to clarify further!

posted 2 weeks ago
enterobacter asked:
I found the tumblr and i really love it. I'm Mexican and study history :D


I hope you continue to enjoy :)

posted 3 weeks ago

Aaaand a happy April Fools Day indeed! I hope you had as much fun reading that post as I had writing it.

And to my new followers: Welcome! I hope you do not think that this is a srs fictional history blog. Alas, it is but a (sometimes) srs regular history blog.

posted 3 weeks ago

Fierce Historical Ladies post: Queen Nymeria

During the Wars of Valyrian Expansion, one woman emerges victorious.


The Rhoynar city-states; map courtesy of wikipedia.

Approximately one thousand years ago, the loose collaboration of city states located along the Rhoyne river network came under threat as the civilization of Valyria expanded towards the Western coastal regions of the Eastern Continent. Though the city-states were not unified, in the face of invasion, Prince Garin led 250,000 men in defense of the cities. Though Garin’s forces temporarily halted the Valyrian advance, they were soon defeated in the face of their adversaries’ superior military technology. The great city states—Chroyane, Ghoyan Drohe, Ar Noy, Sar Mell, and Ny Sar—of the Rhoynar were utterly destroyed in the conquest and the continental power vacuum which engulfed the Eastern Continent 500 years later following the geological cataclysm of unspecified nature (the so-called “Doom of Valyria”) which destroyed the center of Valyrian power.


Map depicting the path of Valyrian expansion, and the path of Rhoynar migration. Courtesy of wikipedia.

In the face of Garin’s defeat and the slaughter of the vast majority of Rhoynish men, Queen Nymeria of the Rhoynish capital and city-state of Ny Sar emerged from out of the chaos to unite the survivors—primarily female—of the conquest. With her in the lead, the remnants of the Rhoyne fled in a ten thousand ship fleet across the Narrow Sea to the Western Continent. After a voyage marred by grief, storm, disease, and encounters with slaver vessels, Nymeria’s fleet landed on the east coast of the peninsula now known as Dorne. There, instead of going to war against the massive fleet at his door, Dornish regional hegemon Mors Martell formed a marriage alliance with the now exiled queen. On the day of their marriage, Nymeria burned her ten thousand ships in a gesture symbolizing the collective grief and new identity of the Rhoynish people.


Dramatic re-imagining of the arrival of Queen Nymeria and her ten thousand ships on the shores of Dorne. Art by Roman Papsuev, image courtesy of the Braavosi Museum of Art.

In a conflict rather revealingly known as “Nymeria’s War,” Mors Martell harnessed the collective power of Nymeria and her forces to unite the peninsula of Dorne from one of loosely allied and warring lords into a singular political entity. As a symbol of his own assimilation to Rhoynish governmental customs, Mors Martell took the title of “Prince” instead of “King” and introduced equal primogeniture to the peninsula. The line of Martell has ruled the peninsula ever since. Martell rule and their historic union with the Rhoynish helped keep the peninsula strong even in the face of continental dynastic conquest 700 years after Nymeria’s arrival.

The conquering dynastic house—the Targaryens—consistently failed to conquer Dorne, and it remained an independent polity for 197 years after the initial conquest of the Western Continent. Indeed, Dorne only became a part of the political entity known as the “Seven Kingdoms” as the result of a marriage alliance. Their resilience in the face of the power and advanced military technology is often credited to the enduring spirit of the unifying Queen Nymeria in the Dornish people.

And indeed, the influence of Rhoynish culture on this region remains strong even one thousand years after their flight from the Rhoyne. Its rulers retain their titles of “Prince” and “Princess,” and women retain their inheritance rights despite a Northern culture which places little political or social importance on the rights of women. However, Rhoynish assimilation to life in Dorne was never total. The “Orphans of the Greenblood” imagine themselves not as a community of Dornish men and women, but as lost children, separated from the waters of Mother Rhoyne—the deified form of the great river. Some returned to their ancient homeland and can be seen rowing up and down the Rhoyne in pole boats carved out of the burned hulls of their great queen’s fleet.


Dorne’s location within the Western Continent. Map courtesy of wikipedia.

Today, the ruins of the great city-states of the past lie along the banks of and submerged within the Rhoyne and its tributaries. Legend has it that, as the Valyrian conquerors captured the defeated Prince Garin, he invoked a curse in the name of Mother Rhoyne to destroy the conquerors. That night, the story goes, the waters of the river rose, and the invaders were drowned.


The submerged ruins of Chroyane. Painting by Dimitri Bielak, image courtesy of the Volantis Museum of Art.

Regardless of the veracity of this legend, it is a fact that the ruins of that city of once legendary beauty, Chroyane, lie partially submerged in a portion of the Rhoyne known as the Sorrows. The ruins of Ghoyan Drohe, Ar Noy, Sar Mell, and Nymeria’s great city of Ny Sar may be seen along the banks of the Rhoyne and the Little Rhoyne.

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Further Reading post L-Y

Generation Exodus : The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany by Walter Laqueur

Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation by Russell McGregor

Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914 (New Approaches to the Americas) by J. R. McNeill

From the Rivers of Babylon to the Whangpoo: A Century of Sephardi Jewish Life in Shanghai by Maisie J. Meyer

Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (Studies of Modern Japan) by David G. Goodman and Masanori Miyazawa

Genocide and Settler Society: Frontier Violence and Stolen Indigenous Children in Australian History (Studies in War and Genocide) edited by A. Dirk Moses

Storming Caesar’s Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty by Annelise Orleck

Between Sorrow and Strength: Women Refugees of the Nazi Period (Publications of the German Historical Institute) edited by Sibylle Quack

Port of Last Resort: The Diaspora Communities of Shanghai by Marcia Ristaino

Ghetto Shanghai by Evelyn Pike Rubin

Australian Art (Oxford History of Art) by Andrew Sayers

Bridge Across Broken Time: Chinese and Jewish Cultural Memory by Vera Schwarcz

An Uncommon Journey: From Vienna to Shanghai to America—A Brother and Sister Escape to Freedom During World War II by Ilie Wacs and Deborah Strobin

Malintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico (Dialogos) by Camilla Townsend

None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948 by Irving Abella and Harold Troper

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) by Kate L. Turabian

Flight from the Reich: Refugee Jews, 1933-1946 by Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan Van Pelt

Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory (The Samuel and Althea Stroum Lectures in Jewish Studies) by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

Past recommendations may be found here, now with new Historiography/Theory, Australian History, and Art History sections!

posted 3 weeks ago and tagged as history history books book recommendations

The post I made about memory seems to be going viral.

If you want to get a good look at how bigotry and violent nationalism intersect with issues of memory, then take a look at the reblogs. A good number of neo-Nazi blogs have added commentary to the post, and for me, that truly illustrates the cracks between official memory, nationalisms (if, of course, you are to define “nationalism” as a constructed collective consciousness which requires an Other to define membership), and academic history. I posted something theoretical, and their responses demonstrate how the theoretical transitions to the practical.

At least, that’s the conclusion I came to AFTER being extremely displeased, for lack of a better word, by the fact that there are neo-Nazis commenting on my posts.

posted 3 weeks ago

Further Reading post A-K

Aaaand for the first time in way too long….a Further Reading post!!

Berlin-Shanghai-Chicago: Never Give Up by Horst F. Abraham

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Revised Edition by Benedict Anderson

Shanghai Diary: A Young Girl’s Journey from Hitler’s Hate to War-Torn China by Ursula Bacon

Papunya: A Place Made After the Story: the Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement by Geoffrey Bardon

Papunya Tula: Art of the Western Desert by Geoffrey Bardon

Shanghai: China’s Gateway to Modernity by Marie-Claire Bergère

Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 by Richard Broome

Chinese and Jews: Encounters Between Cultures by Irene Eber

Wartime Shanghai and the Jewish Refugees From Central Europe: Survival, Co-Existence, and Identity in a Multi-Ethnic City (New Perspectives on Modern Jewish History) by Irene Eber

Shanghai Remembered…: Stories Of Jews Who Escaped To Shanghai From Nazi Europe edited by Berl Falbaum

Far From Where?: Jewish Journeys from Shanghai to Australia by Antonia Finnane

Berlin-Shanghai-New York: My Family’s Flight From Hitler by Dr. Theodor Friedrichs

Shanghai Sanctuary: Chinese and Japanese Policy toward European Jewish Refugees during World War II by Bei Gao

Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings edited by Alma M. Garcia

On Collective Memory (Heritage of Sociology Series) by Maurice Halbwachs

Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) edited by Steve Hochstadt

To Wear the Dust of War: From Bialystok to Shanghai to the Promised Land, an Oral History (Palgrave Studies in Oral History) by Samuel Iwry

Lives of the Papunya Tula Artists by Vivien Johnson

Once Upon a Time in Papunya by Vivien Johnson

Papunya Painting by Vivien Johnson

The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America (Politics and Culture in Modern America) Felicia Kornbluh

The Age of Confucian Rule: The Song Transformation of China (History of Imperial China) by Dieter Kuhn

Past recommendations may be found here, now with new Historiography/Theory, Australian History, and Art History sections!

posted 3 weeks ago and tagged as history history books book recommendations