What We’re Reading: August 12, 2010 Edition

EDSITEment back to schoolIn the news this week, historian Tony Judt has passed away at 62, and AHA member Richard Brown chairs the search for the new director of the Office of the Historian in the U.S. House of Representatives. Planning for the new school year? EDSITEment has put together collections of its most used content, and the ArchivesNext blog has picked winners for the Best Archives on the Web awards. Then we look behind the scenes with Dan Cohen on the One Week | One Tool project, learn the state of the e-book, and question Google’s count of all the books in the world. Also, read answers from historians, prepare for the job market, and learn about James Smithson. Finally, view some Department of Agriculture propaganda video, look at posters from East Germany and Boston, and learn about a medieval fortress being built in…Arkansas.


  • Tony Judt, Chronicler of History, Is Dead at 62
    The New York Times has posted an obituary for Tony Judt, professor of European history at New York University, who passed away from “complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.” See also the related article, “Arguing with Tony Judt,” by Scott McLemee, in which he reflects on Judt’s work.
  • Choosing the House Historian
    Richard Brown, AHA member and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut, is the new chairman of the search committee to find the next director for the Office of the Historian in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Artifacts from the Past


  • Ozark Medieval Fortress
    See a medieval fortress being built using medieval techniques of construction, in a surprising locale: Arkansas.

Contributors: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Rob B. Townsend

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