Top Young Historians: 24 – Jonathan Sheehan

TOP YOUNG HISTORIANS

Edited by Bonnie K. Goodman

24: Jonathan Sheehan, 6-26-06

Basic Facts

Teaching Position: Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan
Area of Research: Early Modern Europe; intellectual and cultural history; history of Christianity and Judaism; history of science; history of media and print culture; secularization theory; political theology; systems-theory.
Education: Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1999
Major Publications: Sheehan is author of The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture (Princeton University Press, 2005) Jonathan Sheehan JPG Sheehan is currently working on two projects: Invisible Hands: Self-Organization in the Eighteenth Century co-authored with Dror Wahrman, a synthetic study of the relationship between the eighteenth-century interest in human autonomy and in suprahuman systems of social, political, and intellectual organization and, Theology and the Human Sciences in Early Modern Europe a book on the religious origins of the human sciences, including anthropology, geography, comparative religions, and comparative philology.
Awards: Sheehan is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including:
The 2005 George L. Mosse Prize, American Historical Association for The Enlightenment Bible: Translation, Scholarship, Culture which was also named one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2005.
He was also awarded: National Endowment for the Humanities, two year Collaborative Research Grant ($100,000) to write Invisible Hands with co-author Dror Wahrman, January 2007-December 2008;
Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Research fellowship, Summer 2006;
Central European University, invited faculty participant in “Bookish Traditions: Authority and the Book in Scripturalist Religions,” Summer 2005;
President’s Arts and Humanities Initiative Indiana University fellowship, Spring 2004;
Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Indiana University, Fall 2003;
Summer Faculty Fellowship. RUGS. Indiana University, Summer 2004;
Travel Grant. West European Studies, Indiana University, Fall 2003;
Center for the Study of Religion. Princeton University fellowship. Fall 2002-Spring 2003;
Summer Faculty Fellowship. COAS. Indiana University, Summer 2002 and 2001;
Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. UCLA Humanities Consortium thematic fellowship on the topic “The Sacred and the Profane,” Fall 1999-Spring 2000;
Charlotte Newcombe Fellowship for Religion and Ethics. Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Fall 1998-Spring 1999;
William Andrews Clark Library. Predoctoral Research Grant, Summer 1998;
Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley. Dissertation Fellowship, Fall 1997-Spring 1998;
Mabel Mcleod Lewis Fellowship. Dissertation Fellowship. Fall 1997-Spring 1998. DAAD. Annual Research Fellowship, Fall 1996-Spring 1997;
Andrew Mellon Research Grant, Summer 1995.
Additional Info:
Formerly Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University in Bloomington, joint appointment with the department of Religious Studies.

Personal Anecdote

It Hasn’t Happened to Me

I have never left a briefcase full of precious research notes aboard a Berlin subway, only to have it airmailed to my apartment in New York by some elderly Samaritan who read through the address book stored inside. Nor I have ever showed up at 1 a.m. to a deserted and snowy airport and hitchhiked to an on-campus interview where it turned out that no one expected me anyways. Nor have I ever been wheeled into the emergency room at the end of three sleepless nights of writing for treatment of advanced caffeine poisoning. I get nervous before I deliver big public lectures, but I have never vomited in anticipation. Once I did drop my laptop onto a concrete floor. But it did not break. In any case, I had it backed up.

When I describe writing and thinking to myself, it is anyways rarely colored by horror or drama. And that suits me fine. In all honesty, I would rather hold onto their simpler pleasures. So here are a few mundane anecdotes about these:

I had a friend in high school who spent much of her work time listening to a single song, carefully recorded over and over again on an old and, by the end of the year, doubtless scratchy cassette tape. She plugged into her headphones at study hall and unplugged from the chaos and stimulation of two thousand rowdy adolescents. The sheer monotony of the music—and don’t ask me what it was, likely something embarrassing—must have been a comfort. She became an academic too.

“Monotonously beautiful,” was a description offered to me when I arrived in Berkeley, with its endlessly sunny afternoons and foggy mornings. And it was true: after a certain point, even beauty can become the setting for the ordinary. Indeed, it had to if I was ever going to finish graduate school and take my reluctant leave from the place. Monotony seems to be a key element of the intellectual process, at least for me. Maybe it is the sensory buffer that keeps the world slightly at a distance, and gives my thought the space for freedom and play.

That’s a romantic way to look at it, of course. But why not look at it that way, since this is what I love to do? I wrote my book sitting two stories below ground in a room a quarter the area of a federal prison cell. Four by four were the dimensions of its walls, and its only light came from a tiny table lamp I brought in myself and mounted on the shelf in front of me. The first week I was there, I accidentally banged the bulb and ever after, it burned with a white light too fierce to look at and burning hot to touch. Books were piled in enormous stacks around front and back. A librarian’s nightmare, I imagine, with half of them open and strewn about without a conservatorial care. Every three weeks I shoveled all of the books out onto the reshelving table and reloaded the room with new ones, flipping them open and heaping them up. The occasional toppling of a stack brought a spike of adrenaline to the day. To keep me tranquil, I endlessly replayed Kind of Blue, the Miles Davis tribute to blues, modal tones, and heroin. Seven months later, the manuscript was done and a pallid man put down his headphones, and left, happy.

And the last word is important to me. I don’t tend to hear much talk about the pleasures of historical labor, perhaps because they tend to be rather undramatic. A day of research or writing has many of the qualities of a melting glacier. You know you are making progress because you can see words stream (or trickle) across a page. They gather in a small pool and represent enormous amount of energy. And the end of the day, though, that huge mountain of ice looks just about the same. Yet for me, the pleasures of thought demand slowness, stillness, and the time for cool reflection. They are the pleasures of the turn of phrase, the connection forged, the idea imagined. For me, more than anything, these make this whole business worth it.

Quotes

Jonathan Sheehan

  • “Prophets of modernity count the hours until religion’s death. They should not hold their breath. Modern society will never lack for religion, not because humans are essentially superstitious or because, in their frailty, they crave supernatural comfort, but because the process of religion’s disappearance is itself integral to the self- definition of modernity. For modern society, secularization always is and always must be incomplete. The Enlightenment Bible JPG Even as religion seems to vanish from politics and public culture, it never ceases to define the project of modernity, whether negatively, in specters of intolerance and hatred, or positively, in ethics of social justice and equality. Religion is always receding and returning and its repeated tidal flow is essential to the self- image of modernity, which can no more dispense with religion than embrace it.
    There are few clearer witnesses to this process than the Bible. If indeed modernity were secular, this provincial and archaic artifact should long have been discarded. Instead, its prescriptive content is rejected, even as it has become one of the sturdiest pillars of Western “culture.” At the same moment that the Bible is mourned (or celebrated) as a victim of secularism, it has also been recuperated as an essential element of that transcendent moral, literary, and historical heritage that supposedly holds together Western society.” — Jonathan Sheehan in “The Enlightenment Bible”

About Jonathan Sheehan

  • “This lively, elegant and erudite book sheds new light on intellectual relations between eighteenth-century Germany and England. The book will have much to offer historians of the early-modern period, as well as historians of science, literary critics, and theologians.” — Anthony Grafton, Princeton University reviewing “The Enlightenment Bible”
  • “I can genuinely say that this is one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. Elegantly written, it presents the issues in a clear, thorough, and scholarly fashion. It is sure to win high praise.” — Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College reviewing “The Enlightenment Bible”

Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 7:07 PM

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History Buzz: June 2006

History Buzz

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor/Features Editor at HNN. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

June 26, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-28-1541 Conqueror of the Incas assassinated
  • 06-28-1917 First U.S. troops arrive in France
  • 06-28-1965 Westmoreland given authority to commit U.S. forces
  • 06-28-1993 Clinton punishes Iraq for plot to kill Bush
  • 06-27-1950 Truman orders U.S. Forces to Kores
  • 06-27-1963 JFK visits Ireland
  • 06-27-1968 U.S. forces begin to evacuate Khe Sanh
  • 06-28-1519 Charles elected Holy Roman emperor
  • 06-28-1914 Archduke Ferdinand assassinated
  • 06-28-1919 John Maynard Keynes predicts economic chaos
  • 06-28-1969 The Stonewall Riot
  • 06-29-1835 Texan William Travis prepares for war with Mexico
  • 06-29-1966 Vietnam air war escalates
  • 06-29-1970 U.S. ground troops return from Cambodia
  • 06-29-1974 Isabela Peron takes office as Argentine president
  • 06-29-1989 Congress votes new sanctions against China
  • 06-30-1520 Spanish retreat from Aztec capital
  • 06-30-1775 Congress impugns Parliament and adopts Articles of War
  • 06-30-1876 Soldiers are evacuated from the Little Big Horn by steamboat
  • 06-30-1936 Gone with the Wind is published
  • 06-30-1950 Truman orders U.S. forces to Korea
  • 07-01-1863 The Battle of Gettysburg begins
  • 07-01-1867 Canadian Independence Day
  • 07-01-1916 Battle of the Somme begins
  • 07-01-1997 Hong Kong returned to China
  • 07-02-1839 Mutiny on the Amistad slave ship
  • 07-02-1863 The second day of battle at Gettysburg
  • 07-02-1881 President Garfield shot
  • 07-02-1937 Amelia Earhart Disappears
  • 07-02-1964 Johnson signs Civil Rights Act
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Barbara Leaming: A Special Relationship Jack Kennedy: The Education of a Statesman6-25-06
  • Steven B. Smith: Neocon or Not? Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, JudaismNYT, 6-25-06
  • Steven B. Smith: Reading Leo Strauss Politics, Philosophy, Judaism First Chapter – NYT, 6-25-06
  • Nicholas Faith: Whiskey Chasers The Bronfmans The Rise and Fall of the House of SeagramNYT, 6-25-06
  • Elie Wiesel on Jan T. Gross: The Killing After the Killing FEAR Anti-Semitism in Poland After AuschwitzWashington Post, 6-25-06
  • Geoffrey Hosking: The Bear’s Embrace RULERS AND VICTIMS The Russians in the Soviet UnionWashington Post, 6-25-06
  • Michael R. Marrus on Martin Gilbert: Darkness Falling KRISTALLNACHT Prelude to DestructionWashington Post, 6-25-06
  • Mark Bowden: Imprisoned by violence, then and now Guests of the Ayatollah: The First Battle in America’s War With Militant IslamBoston Globe, 6-25-06
  • Edwin M. Yoder Jr. on Gordon S. Wood: The Spirits of ’76 Revolutionary Characters What Made the Founders DifferentWashington (The Weekly Standard), 7-3-06
  • Catherine Allgor: Former first lady Dolley Madison is a lot more than a snack cake name A Perfect UnionFlint Journal, MI, 6-25-06
  • Frank Argote-Freyre of Freehold: FROM FARM BOY TO DICTATOR Fulgencio Batista: Volume 1, From Revolutionary to StrongmanAsbury Park Press, 6-25-06
  • Historians: Encyclopedia of American Conservatism pulls together threads of right’s thinking – NYT, 6-25-06
  • Richard Labunski: Professor’s Book Sheds Light on the Bill of Rights James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of RightsUK News – Kentucky, 6-20-06
  • LOUIS MENAND: ACID REDUX The life and high times of Timothy Leary – New Yorker, 6-19-06
  • Wolfram Wette, translated by Deborah Lucas Schneider: Historian concludes racism in Germany had deep roots The Wehrmacht History, Myth, Reality San Francisco Chronicle, 6-19-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • John Hope Franklin: “When the N-word is used, it’s not a sign of sophistication or advancement. It’s a sign from my point of view of degradation. It’s a sign that you don’t have any respect for yourself and don’t have any respect for anybody else.” – Chicago Sun-Times, 6-25-06
  • John F. Marszalek on the meaning of ‘Band of Brothers’ on a new Civil War marker at the Oktibbeha county courthouse honoring Union troops: “The meaning is pretty clear to any Civil War historian. It’s pro-Confederate.” – Biloxi Sun Herald, AP, 6-21-06
  • Erik Eggers on Finally, Germans can freely admit, ‘I love my country’: “”They’re far larger, and the outpouring of emotion is much greater. There’s never been anything like this before since World War II.” – The Christian Science Monitor, 6-22-06
SPOTTED:
EVENTS CALENDER:
  • July 4, 2006: Historical Society of PA, the National Archives July 4th panel on Thomas Paine’s legacy Robins Bookstore
  • June 25, 2006: “Abolition: Long Road to Freedom” a series of programs on slavery and anti slavery activity in the region south of Boston – Boston Globe, 6-22-06
  • July 1, 2006: Peter Nabokov will lecture on Native American sacred spaces at the Huntington Library – LA Times, 6-19-06
  • July 25, 2006: Richard Labunski speaking about his new book James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights @ Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington at 7 p.m – UK News – Kentucky, 6-20-06
  • Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train on Book Television – Channel Canada, 6-22-06
ON TV:
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Charles Murray In Our Hands: A Plan To Replace The Welfare State, Sunday, June 25 at 7:30 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Al Gore An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, Sunday, June 25 at 7:00 pm and Monday, June 26 at 7:45 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Senator Edward Kennedy My Senator and Me: A Dogs-Eye View of Washington, D.C., Sunday, June 25 at 8:30 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Book TV presents Peter Beinart, William Kristol, Jeffery Goldberg, Lawrence Korb The Good Fight: Why Liberals – and Only Liberals – Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again, Sunday, June 25 at 10:00 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War Nathaniel Philbrick, Monday, June 26 at 4:30 am – C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Declaring Independence,” Sunday, June 25, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Rome: Engineering an Empire,” Sunday, June 25, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution American Crisis,” Sunday, June 25, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels Guns of the Civil War,” Monday, June 26, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Disaster of Napoleon’s Fleet,” Monday, June 26, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross #1,” Tuesday, June 27, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Prophecies of Israel,” Tuesday, June 27, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Crusades: Crescent & the Cross #2,” Wednesday, June 28, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past Relics of The Passion,” Wednesday, June 28, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 Part 1: D-Day,” Wednesday, June 28, @ 12 and 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Brothers in Arms: The Untold Story of The 502 Part 2: The Road to Carentan,” Thursday, June 29, @ 12 and 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Behind The Da Vinci Code,” Thursday, June 29, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Presidents,” Marathon Saturday, July 1, @ 9am-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ben Franklin,” Saturday, July 1, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Kennedys: The Curse of Power,” Saturday, July 1, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy,” Saturday, July, @ 10pm ET/PT
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #6, (5 weeks on list) – 7-02-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #10, (5 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #11, (13 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #23 – 7-02-06
  • Mark Bowden: Guests of the Ayatollah, #27 – 7-02-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #30 – 6-25-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #31 – 6-25-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Lawrence Otis Graham: The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, June 27, 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: The Somme: Herosim and Horror in the First World War, June 27, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
APPOINTED:
  • Barry Bergdoll: Museum of Modern Art Chooses Columbia Professor as Architecture Curator – NYT, 6-21-06
HONORED:
  • Francis Robinson: Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) – Staines Guardian, UK, 6-22-06
  • Tsuyoshi Hasegawa: UCSB Historian Wins Prestigious Japanese Book Prize for Acclaimed Book About the Role of the Atomic Bomb in Japan’s Surrender in WWII – 6-13-06
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at 7:11 PM

June 19, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-19-1856 First Republican national convention ends
  • 06-19-1864 CSS Alabama sunk off France during the Civil War
  • 06-19-1885 Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor
  • 06-19-1917 Britain’s King George V changes royal surname
  • 06-20-1782 Congress adopts the Great Seal of the United States
  • 06-20-1863 West Virginia enters the Union
  • 06-20-1963 United States and Soviet Union will establish a “hot line”
  • 06-20-1964 Westmoreland becomes Commander of MACV in Vietnam
  • 06-21-1788 U.S. Constitution ratified
  • 06-21-1864 General Grant extends the Petersburg line during the Civil War
  • 06-21-1942 Allies surrender at Tobruk, Libya
  • 06-21-1964 The KKK kills three civil rights activists: Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney.
  • 06-22-1775 Congress issues Continental currency
  • 06-22-1944 FDR signs GI bill
  • 06-23-1956 Gamal Abdel Nasser elected as the first president of the Republic of Egypt.
  • 06-24-1675 King Philip’s War begins
  • 06-24-1812 Napoleon’s Grande Armee invades Russia
  • 06-24-1970 Senate repeals Tonkin Gulf Resolution
  • 06-25-1876 Indians defeat Custer at Little Big Horn
  • 06-25-1942 Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe.
  • 06-25-1950 Korean War begins
  • 06-24-1993 Kim Campbell takes office as Canada’s first female Prime Minister
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Rebecca Goldstein: The Heretic Jew BETRAYING SPINOZA The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us ModernityNYT, 6-18-06
  • Rebecca Goldstein: BETRAYING SPINOZA The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity, First Chapter – NYT, 6-18-06Morris Berman: Grim View of a Nation at the End of Days Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of EmpireNYT, 6-16-06
  • Niall Ferguson: It’s long, Niall, but actually, it’s too short – The Observer, UK, 6-18-06
  • Patricia Nelson Limerick on Rita Williams: Treacherous territory If the Creek Don’t Rise My Life Out West With the Last Black Widow of the Civil Warcalendarlive.com, 6-18-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
  • John Hope Franklin: Civil Rights Activist, Historian Discusses New Autobiography on Newshour – PBS, 6-15-06
  • Fernando Arcas Cubero HISTORIAN AND PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT MALAGA UNIVERSITY – Sur, Spain, 6-06
QUOTED:
  • Bob Wilson: Touring Sites That Survived Sherman’s March Union Troops Razed Military, Commercial Infrastructure But Left Much Of Georgia’s Antebellum Beauty Unscathed – Chicago Tribune, 6-18-06
  • Keith Watenpaugh: Expert Sources on the Iraq War – UC Davis, CA, 6-15-06
APPEARANCES & SPOTTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Rebellion to Revolution,” Sunday, June 18, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Declaring Independence,” Sunday, June 18, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels The Alaskan Oil Pipeline” Monday, June 19, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files Mexico’s Roswell,” Monday, June 19, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth Roanoke: The Lost Colony,” Monday, June 19, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Battlefield Detectives 6-Day War,” Tuesday, June 20, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Ottoman Empire: The War Machine,” Thursday, June 22, @ 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History Rocks #1,” Thursday, June 22, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Modern Marvels,” Marathon Saturday, June 17, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Encore Booknotes: Jane Holtz Kay, Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take it Back, Saturday, June 24 @ 6pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: After Words: After Words: Mark Smith interviewed by Nan Aron Saturday, June 24 @ 9pm, Sunday 25 @ 6pm and 9pm – C-Span2, BookTV
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #6, (5 weeks on list) – 6-25-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #13, (3 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #15, (4 week on list) – 6-25-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #24 – 6-25-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #25 – 6-25-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #30 – 6-25-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, June 2006 –
  • John Lynch: Simon Bolivar: A Life, June 2006
  • Rita A. Scotti: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s, June 2006
  • Paul M. Kennedy: The Parliament of Man: The past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, June 20, 2006
  • Ron Suskind: The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, June 20, 2006
  • Lawrence Otis Graham: The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, June 27, 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: The Somme: Herosim and Horror in the First World War , June 27, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
HONORED:
  • Tsuyoshi Hasegawa: UCSB Historian Wins Prestigious Japanese Book Prize for Acclaimed Book About the Role of the Atomic Bomb in Japan’s Surrender in WWII – 6-13-06
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 18, 2006 at 8:47 PM

June 12, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-12-1776 Virginia adopts George Mason’s Declaration of Rights
  • 06-12-1898 Philippine Independence Declared
  • 06-12-1963 Medgar Evers assassinated
  • 06-12-1987 Reagan challenges Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall
  • 06-13-1807 Thomas Jefferson subpoenaed in Aaron Burr’s treason trial
  • 06-13-1914 Kaiser Wilhelm concludes meeting with Archduke Franz Ferdinand
  • 06-13-1967 Thurgood Marshall appointed to Supreme Court
  • 06-13-1971 The New York Times publishes the “Pentagon Papers”
  • 06-14-1777 Continental Congress chooses national flag
  • 06-14-1917 U.S. President Woodrow Wilson gives Flag Day address
  • 06-14-1922 Harding becomes first president to be heard on the radio
  • 06-15-1215 Magna Carta Sealed
  • 06-15-1775 George Washington assigned to lead the Continental Army
  • 06-15-1846 U.S.-Canadian border established
  • 06-15-1864 Battle of Petersburg begins
  • 06-15-1964 Johnson decides against submitting Vietnam resolution to Congress
  • 06-16-1858 Lincoln warns that America is becoming a “house divided”
  • 06-16-1862 Battle of Secessionville
  • 06-16-1961 Kennedy agrees to send instructors to train troops
  • 06-17-1579 Drake claims California for England
  • 06-17-1775 Battle of Bunker Hill begins
  • 06-17-1930 Hoover signs Smoot-Hawley Tariff
  • 06-17-1972 Watetgate Burglars Arrested
  • 06-18-1798 Adams passes first of Alien and Sedition Acts
  • 06-18-1812 Second Anglo-American War begins
  • 06-18-1815 Napoleon Defeated at Waterloo
  • 06-18-1979 Carter and Brezhnev sign the SALT-II treaty
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Michal R. Belknap on Military Justice & Iraq Killings: “The big question, is whether any of those who will be charged will be high ranking officers, or whether somebody of comparatively low rank will be stuck with responsibility.” – Newswise (press release), 6-9-06
APPEARANCES & SPOTTED:
  • Josh Freeman, NY Historians: Conference on New York State History and Association of Public Historians of New York State, June 2-4, 2006- NY Sun, 6-5-06
  • David McCullough: Delivers commencement address at Bates College – Bates College website, 5-28-06
ON TV:
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Boston, Bloody Boston,” Sunday, June 11, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Rebellion to Revolution,” Sunday, June 11, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: Michael Sallah & Mitch Weiss, Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War Sunday, June 11 @ 7:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: William Hogeland, The Whiskey Rebellion: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and the Frontier Rebels Who Challenged America’s Newfound Sovereignty, Sunday, June 11 @ 8:10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Alexander Polikoff, Waiting for Gautreaux: A Story of Segregation, Housing, and the Black Ghetto, Monday, June 12 @ 12:10am ET/PT C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Bob Zeller, The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography, Monday, June 12 @ 1:00am ET/PT C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “The True Story of Black Hawk Down,” Monday, June 12, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth The Vikings: Voyage to America,” Monday, June 12, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later,” Tuesday, June 13, @ 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Iran: The Next Iraq?,” Friday, June 16, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Deep Sea Detectives Disaster of Napoleon’s Fleet,” Friday, June 16, @ 6pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Mega Movers,” Marathon Saturday, June 17, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Save Our History Jefferson’s Other Revolution,” Saturday, June 17, @ 8pm ET/PT —
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #5, (4 weeks on list) – 6-18-06
  • William J. Bennett: America: The Last Best Hope, Vol. I, #11, (1 week on list) – 6-18-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #18 – 6-18-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #23 – 6-18-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #25 – 6-18-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #26 – 6-18-06
  • Gordon Wood: Revolutionary Characters, #33 – 6-18-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Juliet Barker: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, June 2006
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, June 2006 –
  • John Lynch: Simon Bolivar: A Life, June 2006
  • Rita A. Scotti: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s, June 2006
  • Paul M. Kennedy: The Parliament of Man: The past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, June 20, 2006
  • Ron Suskind: The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11, June 20, 2006
  • Lawrence Otis Graham: The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty, June 27, 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: The Somme: Herosim and Horror in the First World War , June 27, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 –
  • Peter W. Galbraith: End of Iraq: How the United States Unintentionally Broke Up Iraq and Changed the Middle East, July 2006
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Peter Wallsten: One Party Country: The Republican Plan for Dominance in the 21st Century, July 2006
  • Ryan Sager: The Elephant in the Room: Libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Looming Battle for the Soul of the Republican Party, September 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
  • David Bodanis: Passionate Minds: The Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment, Featuring the Scientist Emilie du Chatelet, the Poet Voltaire, Swordfights, Bookburnings, Assorted Kings, Seditiou, October 3, 2006
APPOINTED:
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 7:12 PM

June 5, 2006

HNN STATS THIS WEEK:
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:
  • 06-05-1805 – 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois)
  • 06-05-1884 – William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected”
  • 06-05-1899 – Alfred Dreyfus’ acquitted
  • 06-05-1940 – Battle of France begins in WW II
  • 06-05-1947 – Sec. of State George C Marshall outlines “Marshall Plan”
  • 06-05-1950 – US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
  • 06-06-1536 – Mexico begins it’s inquisition
  • 06-06-1664 – New Amsterdam renamed NYC
  • 06-06-1716 – 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
  • 06-06-1813 – US invasion of Canada halted at Stoney Creek (Ont)
  • 06-06-1816 – 10″ snowfall in New England, “year without a summer” (Krakatoa)
  • 06-06-1944 – D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France
  • 06-06-1966 – Stokely Carmichael launches “Black Power” movement
  • 06-06-1972 – US bombs Haiphong, North-Vietnam; 1000s killed
  • 06-07-1099 – 1st Crusaders arrive in Jerusalem
  • 06-07-1775 – United Colonies change name to United States
  • 06-07-1776 – Richard Lee (VA) moves Declaration of Independence in Continental Congress
  • 06-07-1863 – Battle of Milliken’s Bend, LA-Jefferson Davis’ home burnt
  • 06-07-1864 – Abe Lincoln renominated for President by Republican Party
  • 06-07-1929 – Vatican City becomes a sovereign state
  • 06-07-1942 – Battle of Midway ends, 1st WW II naval defeat of Japan
  • 06-07-1965 – Supreme Court rules 1879 CT law ban of contraceptives unconstitutional
  • 06-07-1982 – Pres Reagan meets Pope John Paul II & Queen Elizabeth
  • 06-08-1861 – People of Tennessee vote to succeed from Union
  • 06-08-1886 – 1st Civil Rights Act passes
  • 06-08-1965 – US troops ordered to fight offensively in Vietnam
  • 06-08-1982 – Reagan addresses joint session of British Parliament
  • 06-08-1987 – Oliver North’s secretary Fawn Hall tesifies at Iran-Contra hearing
  • 06-09-1534 – Jacques Cartier 1st sails into mouth of St Lawrence River
  • 06-09-1549 – Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England
  • 06-09-1732 – Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe
  • 06-09-1802 – US Academy at West Point founded
  • 06-09-1967 – Israeli troops reach Suez Canal
  • 06-09-1983 – Margret Thatcher’s Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election
  • 06-10-1752 – Ben Franklin’s kite is struck by lightning
  • 06-10-1793 – Washington replaced Philadelphia as US capital
  • 06-10-1850 – Millard Fillmore sworn-in as president of US (replacing Taylor)
  • 06-10-1943 – FDR becomes 1st US pres to visit a foreign country during wartime
  • 06-11-1578 – England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize US
  • 06-11-1942 – US & USSR sign Lend-Lease agreement during WW II
BIGGEST STORIES:
IN THE NEWS:
REVIEWED AND FIRST CHAPTERS:
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Pilgrims and Indians Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War.NYT, 6-4-06
  • Simon Schama: Give Us Liberty Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American RevolutionNYT, 6-4-06<
  • Simon Schama: Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution First Chapter – NYT, 6-4-06<
  • Stanley Weintraub on Simon Schama: Breaking Away If you were a slave at the time of the American Revolution, which side would you root for? Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American RevolutionWashington Post, 5-8-06
  • Michael Kazin: A Godly Hero Makes Valiant Attempt to Revamp Reputation of Democratic Presidential Candidate William Jennings Bryan – Huntington News Network, 6-2-06
  • Antony Beevor: THE BATTLE FOR SPAIN The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939Times Online, 5-31-06
OP-ED:
PROFILED:
INTERVIEWED:
QUOTED:
  • Richard Holt on England’s tribal rivalry with Germany takes centre stage ahead of World Cup: “This anti-Germanism should have been evident in the 1950s. But when England played Germany, there was no chanting … (no one) put their arms out and pretended to be (RAF) bombers in the 1950s.” – AP, 6-4-06
  • Jacques Barzun on Why the teachers are angry : “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” Manila Times, 6-5-06
  • Hatta Ikuhiko, Japan’s pre-eminent historian of the modern dynasty on for the first time in centuries a girl stands to inherit the Japanese throne: :This was a deliberate strategy by the Imperial family. I have heard that Princess Akishino [Kiko] consulted doctors, and that new medical technology allows for a 70% probability of a boy. We expect rumours to that effect to be spread by the household this summer.” – The Sunday Times, 6-4-06
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. on John Kenneth Galbraith: “He was the republic’s most valuable subversive. Underneath his joy in combat, he was a do-gooder in the dark of night.” – NYT, 6-1-06
  • David McCullough to Bates College Graduates: “Choose work you love. Work hard. Take your work seriously, not yourself. Don’t let setbacks or skeptics get you down. And when, as is bound to happen, some supposedly all-knowing somebody says to you, ‘Well, welcome to the real world,’ remember that Bates College too is the real world. Remember that Shakespeare, and Cervantes, Botticelli and Tchaikovsky are the real world.” – AScribe, 5-30-06
APPEARANCES & SPOTTED:
ON TV:
  • History Channel: Digging for the Truth The Da Vinci Code: Bloodlines, Sunday, June 4, @ 7pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “The Revolution Boston, Bloody Boston,” Sunday, June 4, @ 10pm ET/PT
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: Eric Burns, Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism Sunday, June 4 @ 7:00 pm C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: History on Book TV: Caroline Finkel, Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire,” Monday, June 4 @ 8:10 pm – C-Span2, BookTV
  • C-Span2, BookTV: Kenneth Osgood, Total Cold War: Eisenhower’s Secret Propaganda Battle at Home and Abroad, Monday, June 5 @ 7:00am C-Span2, BookTV
  • History Channel: “Digging for the Truth Stonehenge Secrets Revealed,” Monday, June 5, @ 9pm ET/PT
  • PBS: American Experience, “The Wizard of Photography,” Monday, June 5 @ 9pm – PBS
  • History Channel: “Decoding The Past 666: The Sign of Evil,” Tuesday, June 6, @ 11pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “History’s Mysteries The Essex: The True Story of Moby Dick,” Thursday, June 8, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Days That Shook the World The Rosetta Stone/The Discovery of Tutankhamun’s Tomb, Friday, June 9, @ 5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “UFO Files,” Marathon Saturday, June 10, @ 1-5pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: “Washington the Warrior,” Saturday, June 10, @ 5pm ET/PT — Warrior’ a fresh look at George Washington – AP, 5-29-06
SELLING BIG (NYT):
  • Nathaniel Philbrick: Mayflower, #4, (3 weeks on list) – 6-11-06
  • Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge, #14, (3 weeks on list) – 6-11-06
  • David Maraniss: Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, #17 – 6-11-06
  • Kevin Phillips: American Theocracy, #21 – 6-11-06
  • James L. Swanson: Manhunt The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, #28 – 6-11-06
FUTURE RELEASES:
  • Juliet Barker: Agincourt: Henry V and the Battle That Made England, June 2006 – Amazon.com
  • George Lakoff: Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America’s Most Important Idea, June 2006 –
  • John Lynch: Simon Bolivar: A Life, June 2006
  • Rita A. Scotti: Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St. Peter’s, June 2006
  • Martin Gilbert: Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, June 13, 2006
  • Paul M. Kennedy: The Parliament of Man: The past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, June 20, 2006
  • John Dunn: Democracy : A History, June 28, 2006 Amazon.com
  • Nick Bryant: The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and Struggle for Black Equality , June 30, 2006 – Amazon.com
  • Richard Labunski: James Madison and the Struggle for the Bill of Rights, July 2006
  • Nicholas Lemann: Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War, September 2006
APPOINTED:
HONORED:
DEPARTED:

Posted on Sunday, June 4, 2006 at 7:28 PM

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