Welcome to the October 2010 History Carnival!

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations, and special thanks to Nick Poyntz who shared a bumper crop of suggestions! I didn't post everything I received, and if there were several nominations for the same blog, I picked the post I liked the best. Some things are from more than one month ago, since the Carnival was on hiatus since August. 

First up, Larry Cebula at Northwest History received a response from the Baron von Munchausen historic house, to his letter featured in the last history carnival. It's a real eye-opener to attitudes about the role of museums and "public history".


Executed Today looks at the hanging of mutineer Thomas Nash, while Early Modern Whale discovers sin and penitence in Thomas Barton's 'Brief Relation'.

Historical travels

William Eamon explores medical history with early modern rhinoplasty.

Jost a Mon discusses economic history through the Persian travels of Jean Chardin.

Nick Poyntz at Mercurius Politicus retraces the steps of Samuel Pepys to Epsom, and shows us what is still there from his time. 

Letters from the Past

Soldier's Mail features a letter from October 1918, with the author hoping peace would come soon.

A La Mode de les Muses features some Depression-era love letters - and a great photo of Alaska.

Recipes and Advice

Got Medieval tells us how to get rid of unwanted dragons, the Gentleman Administrator tries old-fashioned cooking, while Dainty Ballerina tries some seventeenth-century drinks.

Historians and research

Ether Wave Propaganda has a detailed piece on geographic determinism in history.

Were the Samurai victims of lead poisoning? Maybe not, says Jonathan Dresner at Frog in a Well. An interesting discussion on unslayable myths in historical research. 

The Tenured Radical continues her service to the discipline by offering some advice to an aspiring historian. (Anyone hoping to pursue a career in history would do well to search the archives of her site)

Historiann examines the history of white women's political activism in the USA in the light of the Tea Party phenomenon. 

The Little Professor joins the discussion on the ideal of a university, following this piece by Roger Scruton

Judith Weingarten of Zenobia: Empress of the East has a fascinating piece on using modern technology to examine the death of a girl in Greece after the Peloponnesian War. 

That's all for this month, thanks for visiting! 

Next month will be hosted by the Birkbeck Early Modern Intelligencer.

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