Mark pointed me to Airminded, the blog of Brett Holman, a PhD student in Australia.* Like Break of Day in the Trenches, this is a great example of an academic ‘PhD blog’. Is it me, or are military/war historians just beating all the rest of us historians hands down at this (research) blogging game?
(Well, except maybe medievalists, but most of them seem to blog pseudonymously.)
Apart from the three already linked, I can immediately think of several military or war history blogs (and I suspect there are plenty more).
Does this just reflect the popularity of the subject? Or does it have something more interesting to do with the way that it straddles the academic/popular divides? Not only will there be non-academics using blogs, academic historians concerned with war (even if military history is often seen as old-fashioned academically…) are much more accustomed to communicating with people outside academic circles than most of us, so perhaps they’re more likely to welcome new tools for such communication. Maybe? I don’t know.
(…You know, when I started this post I had no idea I was going to write most of it. I thought it was just going to be a link to a rather cool blog. Then it suddenly took on a life of its own. It’s disconcerting but rather wonderful when that happens.)
* The obligatory Boo! Hiss! (until Monday evening) can be taken for granted at this point.