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In Praise

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This week I’ve been reading The Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919-1939 by E.H. Carr. I’m trying a new style of reading where I go back and review the chapter I have just read; rereading my highlights of major passages and ideas to try make sure I actually understood them.

I have also been circling events or words I don’t understand and trying to learn about them as I review the chapters. For example, while Carr confidently refers to the Treaty of Neuilly I had never heard of it. I tried finding a quick and easy UNC resource that would help me do this but the library page confused me. Somehow I googled my way to Wikipedia. It has proved extremely helpful and of impressively high quality.

As I learned about the navel mutiny at Invergordon in 1931 a few minutes ago it occurred to me that this qualifies as a wonder of the modern world. Not only do I have instant (and free) access to detailed summaries of obscure historical events at my fingertips, but the whole thing is written by individuals who are compiling knowledge together for public use (if there is nothing written on a topic you are given the option of writing the entry yourself!).

Sometimes I pooh-pooh people talking about the internet changing the world; sometime I think it is.


Written by furthermusings

January 20, 2005 at 11:59 am

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  1. my PST assignment for this week is Eric Hobsbawn – The Age of Extremes: A History of the World, 1914-1991. we are both getting our history doses this week, eh??

    Wikipedia is good stuff, yo.


    January 22, 2005 at 5:32 pm

  2. This looks like a very helpful site. But if anyone can edit it, how reliable is the information? I guess you have to use some common sense.


    January 24, 2005 at 12:28 pm

  3. Hello,
    I really have nothing intelligent to say about your reading selection except that the author’s last name rocks. I linked to your site from my good friend Brett’s blog. The blogosphere is such a strange universe, isn’t it? I don’t know you from Adam, yet I find myself interested in your thoughts on books I’ll never read and going-ons in a life of academia that I’ll probably never understand (I was a CS undergrad, so the whole political-study world intrigues me as much as it scares me). I even thought to myself “Way to go, Andy” when I saw that you got engaged (congratulations by the way, I’m recently engaged myself so I’m right there with you.)

    Anyway, just thought I’d drop a note to say good work on the blog, and you really can’t go wrong with a book by a guy named Carr. Take care, and smack Brett up a few times for me.


    January 25, 2005 at 9:21 pm

  4. I don’t know what that says about the accuracy of the information on Wikepidia but it seems to have worked well so far. They have a section in their FAQs that talks about that.

    Thanks for swinging by Carr. Brett and I did some smacking on the b-ball court the other day. We were old and slow but they were young and bad. Don’t professional atheletes hit their prime in their late 20s?


    January 27, 2005 at 11:05 am

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