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Les Antiquités dépaysées

Charlotte Guichard and Stéphane Van Damme’s Les Antiquités dépaysées is the March volume in the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series. This book is the first on the geopolitics of antiquarianism in the eighteenth century. In this...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 12 May 2022

May 9

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “Ladies and Gentlemen … will be used in the most genteel Manner.” When Richard Mathewson of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, “opened a House … for entertaining Gentlemen,”...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 9 May 2022

A fragment of the history of John Bull

Author: Ettrick, William, 1756 or 1757-1847. Title: A fragment of the history of John Bull : with the birth, parentage, education, and humours of Jack Radical : with incidental remards upon ancient and modern radicalism / by Horace Hombergh, Esq. of...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 5 May 2022

Voltaire, the Lettres sur les Anglais, and Enlightenment cosmopolitanism

Fougeret de Monbron, Le Cosmopolite ou le citoyen du monde, title page of the 1753 edition (BnF). ‘If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere. You don’t understand what citizenship means’: so spoke Prime Minister...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 14 Apr 2022

Proceedings at a meeting of the British inhabitants of Fort St. George

Author: British inhabitants of Fort St. George. Title: Proceedings at a meeting of the British inhabitants of Fort St. George, Madras, on Monday, September 19, 1785, in consequence of a summons by the High Sheriff of the said town. With an address to...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 22 Mar 2022

Endings and new beginnings: Voltaire’s seemingly infinite writings

Robert Darnton. This week, Robert Darnton will be giving a lecture in Oxford, as part of a celebration to mark the publication of the final volumes of the Complete works of Voltaire. This project was first conceived in 1967, before the Voltaire Foundation...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 16 Mar 2022

Herring, the Moral Economy, and the Liberal Order Framework

Elizabeth Mancke and Sydney Crain In 1819, New Brunswick’s assembly passed its first legislation regulating just the herring fishery for the “Parishes of West-Isles, Campo-Bello, Pennfield, and Saint George” in Charlotte County; two years later,...
From: Borealia on 14 Mar 2022

Hanover Enrichment Series welcomes “The Office” cast members Brian Baumgartner and Oscar Nuñez

Explore the inner workings of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company during the Hanover Enrichment Series’ special presentation of “Working Late at ‘The Office’ with Brian Baumgartner and Oscar Nuñez.” The two award-winning cast members from the...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 1 Mar 2022

The Enlightenment Strikes Back: Holy War and the Absence of Religious Violence in Empire: Total War

By Thomas Lecaque The Total War series prides itself for their “historical authenticity,” saying, “We aim to create games which evoke the feel and spirit of an age as much as the events that actually occurred in it, and this is influenced by...
From: Age of Revolutions on 21 Feb 2022

Digital approaches to ballet as an interdisciplinary theatrical form

What might the discourse around pantomime ballet tell us about the priorities of Enlightenment aesthetics, and what might a literary study of ballet during the Enlightenment reveal about ballet’s legacies? These are two of the larger questions that...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 3 Feb 2022

Gruyère: The Latest Round in the Food Culture Wars

Food is Culture! This proclamation is a both a popular idea and a serious anthropological approach to food, cuisine, and agricultural production. Food historians take the cultural dimensions of food production and consumption seriously as revealing important...

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for January

Happy New Year! I know a lot of people are saying “wow – 2021 went by fast” and somedays I’ve felt that too. But on the other hand, at times it felt like it lasted a decade (especially one particular week in February for us here in Texas). Here’s...
From: Blog on 3 Jan 2022

Paul Rapin Thoyras and the art of eighteenth-century historiography

As I type this, experts reach out to us by all means available, on Twitter and talk-shows, to explain the best course of actions to curb a worldwide pandemic. We, lay people of a society as interconnected and literate as ever, have to navigate the flow...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 30 Dec 2021

Reading the Gardens at Vallée aux Loups

Age of Revolutions is happy to present its “Art of Revolution” series. You can read through the entire series here as they become available. By Kyra Sanchez Clapper Like the transitionary periods between philosophical movements, private gardens...
From: Age of Revolutions on 29 Nov 2021

What’s blood got to do with it? Reimagining kinship in the Age of Enlightenment

To pass the time on a recent rainy drive to Pittsburgh with my family, we listened to an episode of The Ezra Klein Show that consisted of a conversation between Klein and American novelist Richard Powers. Powers is the author of, among many things, The...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 25 Nov 2021

New resources for d’Holbach scholars

When was the last time you checked the ‘Digital d’Holbach’ page on the Voltaire Foundation website? More than two months ago? Well, in that case you may want to go back – and soon! – for quite a lot has changed as of late. Paul Henri Thiry,...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 4 Nov 2021

“The Ghost of Menno Simons”

For a little fun on Hallowe’en 2021, this post provides highlights from a short pamphlet written in the voice of a ghostly Menno Simons. The Dutch-language pamphlet is anonymous and undated, but it from the early 1780s. This was the era of the Patriot...
From: Dutch Dissenters on 31 Oct 2021

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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.