Learn History in the Blogosphere: 10 Top History Blogs

Jan 10, 2011

Whether you're gaga for the Greeks, fascinated by the Far East or simply excited about the many twists and turns of human history, you'll find something to love in these blogs from historians, travelers and history buffs around the world.

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1. Cliopatria

This group blog from George Mason University's History News Network offers archival clips, tidbits of history in the news and analysis of historical publications and presentations. Although most of the content focuses on American history, the blog includes a fair share of resources from many other eras and places, as well as tons of reflection on the discipline itself. The blog also hosts the Cliopatria Awards, an annual celebration of the best history blogs on the Web. (You'll find several past winners below!)

2. The League of Ordinary Gentleman

This collection of nine authors (not actually all gentlemen) explores modern events and debates from a broad historical perspective. Topics range from interpretations of 'constitutionality' to historical justifications of torture.

3. The Historical Society

The Historical Society is a group blog edited by Randall Stephens that offers 'history for the academy and beyond.' From classroom decorum tips for history college students to reviews of books and resources, this blog has something of interest for every history buff.

4. BiblioOdyssey

BiblioOdyssey offers another source of the beautiful and arcane in history in the form of texts rather than artifacts. See 18th century botanical illustrations, excerpts from classical Middle Eastern illuminated manuscripts, original sketches from Charlotte's Web and myriad other historical images and texts for the bibliophile in all of us.

5. Executed Today

Looking for something even more unusual in your history reading? Check out Executed Today, a beautifully written daily blog all about famous executions on any given day in history.

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6. Steamboats Are Ruining Everything

Author and historian Caleb Crain offers his analysis of American and European history, as well as thoughts on historical literature and glimpses into the world of history in academia.

7. Love of History

This Greek-born blogger and historian (who writes in English) shares her passion for history through facts, historical news and analysis of the state of the field.

8. Civil Warriors

Considered by many to be the blog on the Civil War, this group effort offers Civil War history, modern reflections on the Civil War and an engaging analysis of the craft of history and the nature of historical memory.

9. Frog in a Well

Readers who are interested in East Asian history will love this site. Frog in a Well is a collection of group blogs on Chinese, Korean and Japanese history, with postings in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, respectively. Regular contributors include scholars from Harvard and the University of Hawaii, as well as a large collection of writers from all areas of East Asian historical scholarship.

10. Ancient Tides

Many people contend that history is cyclical and time may not truly be linear. Gregory LeFever at Ancient Tides simply suggests that by understanding the ancient past, we may better understand ourselves. His blog examines ancient historical events and artifacts, offering connections to our modern world.

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