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Your search for posts with tags containing academic v. popular history found 11 posts

Roundtable: Academic Book Week: Alternative Entries To Familiar Topics

For our Academic Book Week roundtable, Ken Owen looks back on a non-early American history book that had a significant impact on him.
From: The Junto on 12 Nov 2015

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

Hamilton, Art, History, and Truth

Joseph M. Adelman explores how Lin-Manuel Miranda uses and presents history in Hamilton: An American Musical.
From: The Junto on 31 Aug 2015

One-Star Amazon Reviews of Pulitzer Winners

Today, Jonathan Wilson sifts through the most scathing customer reviews of Pulitzer-winning history books, trying to find out what popular readers really want.
From: The Junto on 17 Sep 2014

Guest Post: Is There a Revisionist Doctor in the House?

In today's guest post, Carl Robert Keyes argues that historians should reclaim the term "revisionist" from those who use it as a pejorative.
From: The Junto on 29 May 2014

Audiences, Publicity, and Engaged Academics

In response to the recent kerfuffle about Nicholas Kristof and the public engagement of scholars, Joseph M. Adelman argues today that journals should more aggressively publicize research to multiple audiences.
From: The Junto on 3 Mar 2014

Howard & Me

Roy Rogers reflects upon the influence of Howard Zinn's classic "A People's History of the United States" upon his personal intellectual development.
From: The Junto on 20 Sep 2013

When Was the Last Time You Loved America?

Roy Rogers wades into the latest historical blogosphere debate over public history, academic history, and the "American Revolution Reborn" conference.
From: The Junto on 28 Aug 2013

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.