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Playing around with GIS

More samples of maps I made in a few hours. These are drawn from my War of the Spanish Succession siege dataset, derived from the research appearing in my Vauban under Siege book. In that book I created some maps of the Low Countries theater using Adobe...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 27 Aug 2017

Friends’ Asylum Demographics, 1817-1837

Over the first two decades the Friends’ Asylum admitted 540 patients. Fortunately, very good records survive—in the form of an Admissions Book, other admissions and discharge documents, Superintendent’s Daybook, and Medical Casebooks—that...
From: Darin Hayton on 27 Nov 2016

Military Strategy For Dummies

Here is a simple operational-level map I created for my European Warfare class to try to reinforce the ideas of: What the operational level entails, and looks like on a map, particularly in contrast with a tactical-level map. How an army has multiple...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 2 Apr 2016

Once again, the French take us Anglos to visualization school

I’ve commented before on how impressed I am when I read old French history from the 1970s (e.g. here). I just happened across another example as I tracked down a classic book that I’d seen cited on occasion, but had never actually looked at....
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 3 Mar 2016

What this early modernist learned from the Crusades

Just finished teaching the Crusades for the first time, like, ever. Never even taken a medieval history course for that matter. Sad, no? Anywho, on my first go-through of a new history course I focus on getting the narrative down. (For those curious,...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 16 Dec 2015

Fall 2015

Busy with many things (thank God for Pocket Informant and GTD), including teaching the Crusades for the first time. The biggest lesson I’ve learned thus far? If I ever become dictator, my first edict will be to ban the names Raymond and Baldwin....
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 10 Oct 2015

Bird’s-eye view of the French Wars of Religion

Recently finished up three days on the French Wars of Religion in my Religion, War and Peace course, which means I can now post this old graphic summary of the wars. It almost makes sense of those crazy conflicts. Almost. Can’t we all just get...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 3 Apr 2015

Elizabeth’s wars

Just finished teaching my Elizabeth I section in Tudor/Stuart England. As usual, it’s hard for students to keep straight all the pertinent historical details when reconstructing a narrative – most of the places, people and events are new...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 11 Oct 2014

How Old Were Redcoats? Age and Experience of British Soldiers in America

It seems that almost every author who mentions British soldiers in their discussion of the American Revolution includes adjectives like “young” and “inexperienced” without any basis for those descriptors. They apparently take for granted that...

A Never-Ending MapQuest

I find myself at the end of most semesters brainstorming on how I might ease my teaching burden. I teach about eight different upper-level courses on early modern Europe in rotation, on subjects, periods and places ranging from the Renaissance through...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 15 Dec 2013

Bow before the master

Semester teaching winding down, administrative duties ramping up, overdue research projects beckoning. The normal rhythms of academic life, in other words. I’m working on an ever-expanding post on military historical visualizations (maps, mostly),...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 10 Dec 2013

The French Revolutionary Wars as you might have seen them

I’m moving into the revolutionary section of my European Warfare, 1337-1815 course, so I thought I’d throw up (not literally) a slightly different type of time chart that I’ve developed. Since entire courses are taught on the few decades...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 19 Nov 2013

The theory behind historical visualizations

A comment by a reader on a previous post (contrasting my Ottoman timechart with Minard’s famous map of Russia 1812) merits further discussion. Warning: theoretical discussion of the visual display of (not just) quantitative information follows. Napoleon’s...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 6 Oct 2013

Understanding wars – the visual way!

For those keeping track, I give you yet one more example of my desire to replace reading text with seeing icons (check the blog’s graphics tag for other examples). Turns out I can trace my fascination with visualizing info to my teen years. My first...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 29 Sep 2013

For all the Wikipedia haters

You gotta admit, this is a pretty cool visualization. Low Countries political history And what secondary source is going to publish something like that? Has published something like that? (Other than a few out-of-print wall-size timelines, mostly from...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 6 May 2013

Soldiering through Text

I figured I might as well add a bit more info to my posts on new books/articles/chapters – mostly because I can, rather than because it necessarily provides a fundamental insight into the work. Starting with our old friend the word cloud: “Defining...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 14 Apr 2013

It’s catching on

I’d like to take credit for it, but that would be sheer speculation. Great Northern War timeline On the original Wikipedia page here. Posted December 2012.
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 26 Mar 2013

And ye shall know them by their citations

I’m playing around to see how easy it would be to convert my Access bibliographic database for published sources into Zotero. It looks like it will be relatively easy, despite the fact that I have a lot of records in Access – a formal count...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 10 Feb 2013

Random unused graphic

I made this graphic back in grad school (in Excel), but since it never made its way into the dissertation or book, and since I’m busy with other things, I might as well post it here as filler. I did clean it up a bit in Adobe Illustrator, just for...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 3 Feb 2013

The Italian Wars as you’ve never seen them

So what do you do if you teach a variety of early modern European courses over and over (in this case, Reformation Europe, European Warfare 1337-1815, Religion War and Peace in Early Modern Europe), need to quickly get up to speed on the narrative every...
From: Skulking in Holes and Corners on 30 Jan 2013

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