Wars, Conferences and Blogs

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For those interested in the British Civil Wars, a symposium is being held next July in Hull.

In a lecture delivered to the Royal Historical Society in December 1983, John Morrill concluded with the observation that ‘The English civil war was not the first European revolution: it was the last of the wars of religion’. … This symposium aims to recognise the importance of Morrill’s interpretation, and to move it forward with reference to scholarship on political and religious thought that has emerged since 1983. While it will be partly concerned with the period of the 1640s, it also aims to draw out elements of the links and tensions between politics and religion that define the long seventeenth century. Central to the symposium will be a critical engagement with Morrill’s original argument: in what ways is it still persuasive, and in what areas might it be revised?

But what really struck me was that the organisers are using a WordPress.com blog as a website for the symposium. A smart idea: it’s free and not dependent on a university department’s web space, so interesting material can be left up afterwards for as long as you want; it’s simple to set up and can be used to post news and information about the event quickly and easily (with RSS feeds, of course), as well as paper abstracts and even copies of the papers themselves for pre-circulation (though that’s not something we do that much in history usually…). And then, think about the possibilities for discussions with people who can’t actually attend the event. And podcasts! And…

It’s a really obvious thing to do with a blog, when you think about it, isn’t it?

Update: And so, of course… I have to have one too, don’t I?

2 thoughts on “Wars, Conferences and Blogs

  1. The English civil war was not the first European revolution: it was the last of the wars of religion?

    Yes, I see the point; but it doesn’t really address the idea that the English Civil War has never ended or been resolved. The religious aspect has been – i.e. you can now be Anglican and progressive, or nonconformist and very conservative, in any combination. But the social / political aspect hasn’t worked itself out. Viz. we never had our revolution, or went back on it (whichever). Isn’t the whole hunting furore just another battle in this civil war? The roundheads of course cocked it up by fighting it on the wrong battlefield, when the real enemy was for example not fox hunters, but private schools.

    Better not get me started.

  2. Well, I’m only interested in the website really. The civil war/revolution/great rebellion/war of the 333 kingdoms isn’t really my thing. But if better-qualified readers want to comment, I don’t mind having a punch up. (Just don’t mention David Underdown.) (That’s an in joke for H-Albion readers.)

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