What are the best blogs about history?
June 29, 2014 7:14 AM   Subscribe

What are the best blogs or other online publications about history (any kind) out there? I'm looking for medium-to-long, well-researched, smart, readable articles by a variety of authors with some expertise in their subject matter. I don't want anything too clickbaity, but nothing straight from an academic journal either.
posted by oinopaponton to Society & Culture (13 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
You can find a lot of that kind of thing on StrategyPage.

But if your politics is typical for a MeFite, you'll hate the political slant of that site.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:22 AM on June 29, 2014

Single author, entries perhaps more on the short side than medium-to-long... but still, The History Blog is always worth a visit.
posted by jammy at 7:23 AM on June 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

You might enjoy The Appendix.
posted by notyou at 7:45 AM on June 29, 2014

I like Historyapolis, which focuses on Minneapolis history.
posted by Maarika at 8:39 AM on June 29, 2014

I have a blog you might enjoy about the wild frontier days of early Omaha theater called Bloodletters and Bad Actors.
posted by maxsparber at 8:42 AM on June 29, 2014

Scandalous Women
posted by fuse theorem at 8:50 AM on June 29, 2014

posted by General Tonic at 9:55 AM on June 29, 2014

The This Day in Labor History series at Lawyers, Guns and Money is an excellent introduction to both major and overlooked events and issues in American labor. (Disclaimer: the author is a friend of mine.)
posted by heurtebise at 10:10 AM on June 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Are you wiling to allow for a podcast? If so, I heartily recommend Mike Duncan's Revolutions. He started the series with the English Civil War, then moved on to the American War for Independence. He's taking a break at the moment before launching into the French Revolution. He also has a separate podcast series dealing with the history of Rome.
posted by Thorzdad at 10:23 AM on June 29, 2014 [2 favorites]

So far The Appendix and the Public Domain Review are the closest to what I'm looking for.
posted by oinopaponton at 10:34 AM on June 29, 2014

Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog seems to fit your ballpark.
Got Medieval is a fascinating window into medieval culture via the images in manuscript marginalia.
And Food History Jottings is culinary scholar Ivan Day's academic and hands-on blog about historical culinary techniques - with heaps of social context and the joy of brand new insights into the how and why and wherefore ye beforetimes people did what they did.
posted by tabubilgirl at 11:55 AM on June 29, 2014

Ex Urbe has an eclectic mix of in-depth posts. I really enjoy her writing style, too.
posted by abecedarium radiolarium at 1:14 PM on June 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

If you don't mind audio, Dan Carlin's Hardcore History is fantastic.

Provisos - the website is appalling, but all the podcasts are up on iTunes, free for the more recent ones and the older ones are not much.

It also takes a while to get used to his presentation style, which sounds like a right-wing talk radio host, but is actually great once you've listened to a few episodes and is actually pretty left-wing-mixed-with-realpolitik.

His recent stuff, including the Wrath of the Khans episodes and the most recent Blueprint for Armageddon series about WWI are brilliant. They're long though, anywhere from an hour right up to four or five hours for some of the series-enders. Highly, highly recommended.
posted by Happy Dave at 7:16 AM on June 30, 2014 [1 favorite]

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