In this edition of What We’re Reading, two historians have been named recipients of the 2008 Kluge Prize, and will split the $1 million award. In other news, JSTOR announces that new content has been added to Aluka collections. From the blogosphere, read about how not to apply to grad school, and take a peek into some “delightful ephemera” from the Washington State Library. Finally, we point to two articles from the New York Times, covering the varied topics of the housing bubble and the American Revolution, and World War I deserters.
- Historians Peter Brown, Romila Thapar Named Recipients of $1 Million 2008 Kluge Prize for Study of Humanity
The National Coalition for History reports on two historians, Peter Robert Lamont Brown and Romila Thapar, who recently won the prestigious Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity, and the $1 million that accompanies this honor.
- Aluka Collections Announcement
Last month JSTOR announced new content that has been added to Aluka collections. Some of this new content includes the African Ceremonies Collection, the Lowenstein Collection, and the Namibia Poster Collection. A related resource that readers may be interested in is Helena Pohlandt-McCormick’s Gutenberg-e book “I Saw a Nightmare…”
- How (not) to apply to graduate school
Ann M. Little at the Historiann blog dispenses some advice for eager grad school applicants, and answers an etiquette question too.
- Classics in Washington History 3: Delightful Ephemera
The Northwest History blog’s Larry Cebula continues his fascinating look at “Classics in Washington History,” a digital collection from Washington State Library. Also, see his previous posts on this topic: 1, 2, 2.5
- The Housing-Bubble and the American Revolution
Economist Ronald W. Michener and Robert W. Wright, a financial historian, are at work revisiting the economic origins of the American Revolution. Though the manuscript won’t be published until next fall, historians Gordon Wood and Edward Countryman comment on the long history of this idea, as well as each other.
- A New Legacy in Belgium for World War I Deserters
Long forgotten and despised, executed World War I deserters are now being honored as victims in Ypres, Belguim.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Robert B. Townsend, and Lee White