Blog of the Month: Past Imperfect

One of the objectives of this blog is to encourage alumni and students of this department to cultivate habits of lifelong learning. While many of our former students don’t work in jobs directly related to history, we assume that their undergraduate interest in the past never entirely went away — and ought to be nourished by continued reading, museum visits, film watching, and other activities.

That’s why we collect a series of historical blog posts from around the Internet and post them as “Weekend Reading” every Saturday morning.

To a similar end, each month we’ll be highlighting other blogs that discuss history in an interesting, well-researched, and well-written fashion.

First up, a blog from Smithsonian Magazine that promises “History with all the interesting bits left in.”

Past Imperfect

Frequency of Posts: every 3-5 days

Five Most Recent Posts:

As wide-ranging as the museum with which it’s associated, Past Imperfect features magazine-quality writing that synthesizes recent scholarship into accessible but in-depth posts on pretty much any topic under the sun. (American history probably predominates, and — as you can see from the most recent posts — there’s a bit of sensationalism at work. A whole category is simply called “Scandals.”) Karen Abbott’s post about two famous female pirates of the 18th century won “Best Blog Post” in the 2011 Cliopatria Awards.


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