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Your search for posts with tags containing Narrative History found 15 posts

Thinking about Feel-Good History

At the Panorama, the blog of the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, Princeton professor Michael A. Blaakman just shared an essay titled “How Should History Make Us Feel?”While Blaakman’s remarks were prompted by David McCullough’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 12 Jun 2021

Not Only for Readers: Why Scholars Need Narrative

Is narrative just something historians do to get readers' attention? Jonathan Wilson thinks this is a dangerous idea.
From: The Junto on 25 Sep 2015

Narrative, Biography, and Hagiography: Reflections on Some Challenges in Microhistory

Shortly after the publication of Parlor Politics, Catherine Allgor was invited to reflect not only the political wives she’d written about, but also their husbands. Reflecting on John Quincy Adams, Allgor quipped “I like complicated men.”[1]...
From: The Junto on 24 Sep 2015

The Question of Narrative

For the rest of the week here at The Junto, we'll be holding a round-table event on narrative in historiography, and we invite you to join in in the comments. Today, Tom Cutterham begins the round-table by responding to Kurt Newman's argument that the...
From: The Junto on 22 Sep 2015

Unorthodox Assignments

Today Joseph M. Adelman how to get students experience with the craft of history without access to research sources for his Native American history course.
From: The Junto on 14 Aug 2013

History Is Not Science

Over at Slate last week, our Junto colleague Eric Herschthal reviewed some of the latest popular histories of revolutionary America, including two new studies of the years around 1776 by Richard Beeman and Joseph Ellis. Eric takes a very critical view...
From: The Junto on 9 Jul 2013

Teaching Narrative in Graduate School

Michael D. Hattem discusses his experiences taking a graduate seminar devoted to narrative history this past semester.
From: The Junto on 15 May 2013

A Very Old Book: The Case for Eric Hobsbawm’s Age of Revolution

Last year marked the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Eric Hobsbawm’s Age of Revolution, 1789-1848, a milestone that was largely overlooked in the more general hubbub over the great historian’s death in October. But it’s an impressive...
From: The Junto on 7 Feb 2013

The AHA and the Future of the Profession

Michael D. Hattem responds to the recent state-of-the-field discussions at the AHA's Annual Meeting from the perspective of a graduate student.
From: The Junto on 8 Jan 2013

Narrative History and the Collapsing of Historical Distance

Christopher Jones raises questions about the utility and purpose of narrative history, particularly its ability to "collapse the historical distance" between the reader and the historical subject.
From: The Junto on 28 Dec 2012

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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.