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Graphic Histories: “Red Rosa” by Kate Evans

Erstwhile’s Graeme Pente continues the new review series of historical graphic novels with Kate Evans’s Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg. Read the first in the series here. “Shamed, dishonoured, wading in blood and dripping with filth, thus capitalist society stands. Not as we usually see it, playing the roles of righteousness, of order,…

March Links Round-Up

Erstwhile editor Graeme Pente compiles a list of history-related news links from the past month. With the election cycle in full swing, the intersection of politics and history is particularly fruitful at the moment, as old phenomena re-emerge and what appears new in fact has a long pedigree.  How the 2016 election undermines Fukuyama’s “end…

The Flawed Utopia of Consumerism: How Amazon is Delivering the Worst of a Nineteenth-Century Vision of the Future

Erstwhile editor Graeme Pente compares present visions of consumption to late-nineteenth-century predictions for the future and suggests troubling similarities. Early last week, online retail giant Amazon.com, Inc. released an advertisement for its projected Amazon Prime Air – “a future delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small…

Intellectuals and the Problem of their Publics: An Account of the 2015 S-USIH Conference

Erstwhile editors Beau Driver and Graeme A. Pente offer a recap of their experience attending the 2015 conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History in Washington, D.C., October 15-18, 2015. Last weekend, the Society for U.S. Intellectual History (S-USIH) held its seventh annual conference in Washington, D.C. By all accounts, it was the largest…

Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference (RMIHC), September 19 and 20

Erstwhile introduces this weekend’s conference run by CU’s history graduate students. Every year for the past fifteen years, the graduate students in the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder have hosted an interdisciplinary history conference, RMIHC. This conference brings together aspiring historians from across the country for two days in beautiful Boulder…