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Up Close and Personal: Celebrity Politicians and Modern Democracy

Image: Image: William Hogarth, A Just View of the British Stage (Undated, c18, collection of the V&A).By Rebecca Tierney-Hynes, University of Waterloo The recent US election has made us all think about what it means to combine politics and celebrity,...
From: Histories of Emotion on 1 Dec 2016

How Markku Peltonen revisited England’s Revolution

Markku Peltonen at the SCEMS-HRI lecture. Photo (c) I.C. Hine.For our first visiting speaker of 2016–17, SCEMS was privileged to welcome Professor Markku Peltonen from the University of Helsinki, who (thanks to the generosity of the Humanities Research...
From: SCEMS on 17 Oct 2016

Podcasting Revolution: A Revolution in Audio?

By Bryan A. Banks In 1902, the Italian engineer and inventor, Guglielmo Marconi (1874-1937) successfully broadcasted a radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean. Just over one hundred years later, podcasts would be invented, building off the advent...
From: Age of Revolutions on 3 Oct 2016

Trump and the Myth of Independence, Part

As noted in my last, I’d like to say a little more about a specific thread of Trumpism that seems to have gained traction among people who might not otherwise choose to identify publicly with a bigot. This is the idea that as a super–rich...
From: memorious on 9 Aug 2016

Michael Moore’s timely Where Shall We Invade Next?

Michael Moore sets out on his quest Preface: Jeb Bush tweeted: [this is] America Donald Trump: he will cut billions in taxes from the wealthy, eliminate the Affordable Care Act; he is for privatizing everything possible, but he will not let anyone die...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 29 Feb 2016

Democracy and Art: The Catholic Church?

I listened to an interview on the John Batchelor show with Victoria Coates about her book David's Sling: A History of Democracy in Ten Works of Art. Batchelor and Coates were discussing her book in the context of the recent event in Rome when the authorities...

January 1265: The First English Parliament

Above: Simon de Montfort, Chartes Cathedral.In January 1265 (the 20th, to be exact), England's first parliament in history met. The parliament was held until mid-March and was instigated by Simon de Montfort, who famously led the rebellion against King...
From: Conor Byrne on 31 Jan 2015

Standing up for freedom: the Library of Birmingham and Charlie Hebdo

Malala Yousafzai opening the Library of Birmingham In September 2013 Malala Yousafzai opened the brand new Library of Birmingham with a speech which has since been quoted many times. “And let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one child and...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 11 Jan 2015

Announcing the Missouri Regional Seminar on Early American History

Seminar series have been a popular facet of the early American history culture across the country, from Philadelphia and New York across to the Rocky Mountains and the Bay Area. In this post, we’re introducing another regional seminar to the mix,...
From: The Junto on 21 Jun 2014

The Public Sphere and Early American Democracy

Thought Jürgen Habermas's 1962 book, "The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere," was mainly about how coffee-houses and newspapers changed the eighteenth-century world? Think again. It's a powerful account of how economic power became separated...
From: The Junto on 12 May 2014

How Did Democracy Become a Good Thing?

How did "democracy" go from something feared and reviled even as late as the 1780s, to something very different by the mid-nineteenth century, and even to become the quintessential value of American politics that we know today? Tom Cutterham investigates...
From: The Junto on 23 Apr 2014

Reason and Debate, or, why sometimes people fail to convert

This week I have been thinking a lot about knowledge-exchange and the transfer of news within the dialogue genre for a paper I will be giving in a few weeks in Cambridge. One of the elements that seems to be appearing again and again as I have been reading...
From: Early Modern Dialogues on 17 Aug 2012

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:{search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.