Summer has sadly come to an end. The shadows are lengthening, the nights are cooler, and it's finally time to hit the books, and get back to work. Fortunately, a whole new run of This Cruel War is about ready to go. We'll be kicking off new articles and
Today marks the one year anniversary of This Cruel War, and I thought I'd take the time to reflect a bit. It's not often that I get to talk plainly and without footnotes. ((Who am I kidding? Of course there will be footnotes!))
A Glance Back
This blog started because of the
In our two previous segments (here and here) we've gone over bias and logical fallacies as they relate to the study of Civil War history. Our final segment will take what we've learned and add a few additional morsels.
Being a better historian or history communicator means different things to
In our previous segment, we delved into not only how to approach history, but how to understand and deal with our own biases when it comes to studying the Civil War. We learned also that because our brains can't easily handle two conflicting ideas at the same time, we rationalize
The study of history must always be approached with a sober, critical mind. While this task may be simple for the distant past or when learning the history of other cultures, it's often an insurmountable prerequisite when it comes to the American Civil War. As Americans, we are reared in
Earlier this year, at the behest of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the State of Mississippi declared April to be Confederate Heritage Month. “It is important for all Americans to reflect upon our nation’s past,” read the proclamation, “to gain insight from our mistakes and successes, and to come to
After a bit of contemplation about the future direction of This Cruel War, I've decided a few things that might interest you. I said a few weeks ago that if things got too crazy, I'd have to scale back the articles to two a week rather than three. This has
Hello and welcome back to This Cruel War! It's been a month since my last post, and the much-needed break was incredibly rewarding. I got the chance to relax, watch a LOT of Star Wars, and listen to a lot of David Bowie. ((Seriously, the new album is amazing -
Let’s look to the future, dear readers!
I really thought I had a great piece of history to share with you today. But I don't. I could have, but it didn't work out how I had thought it would. Let me explain.
While reading the book After Lincoln by A.J. Langguth, I came across a line about