Today’s What We’re Reading features historical reflections on Gaza, a Jeffersonian approach to renaming California’s proposed six states, building a historical website, and much more!
Gaza: Historically Speaking
The Council on Foreign Relations offers historical context to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a timeline and videos.
Thomas W. Hill’s reading list for his course on the history of Gaza at the University of California, Berkeley.
Looking beyond the geo-politics that are so much a part of life in the Middle East, The Gaza Kitchen blog provides a different perspective by looking at foodways and culture in the region.
Stephen Mihm uses Thomas Jefferson as inspiration for renaming the potential six states.
Linda Przybyszewski teaches a course called A Nation of Slobs, focusing on the history of fashion and clothing in the US.
A very clear and useful explanation from Ford’s Theatre on the process of assessing the needs of your audience when building a historical website.
Google’s new product called Stories promises to take photos users upload and automatically package them into narratives.
Fun and Off-Beat
For the past 17 years, Lego pieces have been washing up on the shores of Cornwall, England. Ironically, most of the 4.8 million pieces were nautical-themed.
Combining cultural studies with statistical math and Yelp reviews, Data guru Nate Silver returns to his roots with “In Search of America’s Best Burrito,” an ongoing series that not only offers insight into what goes into the food but also the context surrounding each burrito under examination. All of this is rolled up and presented as a bracket resembling college basketball’s March Madness Tournament. The most recent piece analyzes a group of death from Los Angeles.
Celebrities and their historical doppelgangers.