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Empathy for the Devil

4 October 2017

The idea that “Tout comprendre, c’est tout pardonner” has never convinced me. Explanation is not vindication; it’s often the opposite. Historical analysis does...

History in the Toilet

29 September 2017

My last two posts dealt with a troubling letter and article the appeared a peculiar sort of publication: a history magazine. Perched between the worlds of “pop history”,...

How to Change History: William Petty, Irish slavery, and a fake debate

13 September 2017

Treating debunked pseudo-history and personal attacks as legitimate criticism of historical research is bad enough on the letters page of a widely-read history magazine. Publishing...

Irish Slaves, from Myth to “Debate”

7 September 2017

At the risk of stating the obvious, it is important that historians try to get the past right — to describe it accurately, to base their claims about it on evidence, and to represent...