Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What happened to the UWF History Dept. website?

Looks like the website for the UWF history dept. has a new look.  Bummer.  Lots lost from the prior page, such as the newsletter.  I get the feeling this change was driven from above.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Maurice Cowling remembered

The American Conservative recently posted an entertaining article on combative 20th-c. British historian Maurice Cowling by Matthew Walther titled "Tory Nihilist."  While I take issue with the title, I thoroughly enjoyed the article.  I first heard of Cowling through David Bentley Hart's illuminating review of his final book in First Things (regrettably no longer available via the First Things website, but it can be read-and profitably-at this slightly creepy shrine to all things DBH).  Also see this excellent analysis of Cowling's oeurve by Richard Vinen at Reviews in History.  Vinen strikes a comparison between Cowling and post-punk band The Fall, which, in essence, means Fall frontman Mark E. Smith.  A most apt comparison.