July 4: On this day!

Below is a set of thoughts about July 4. Yes, lots of horrible and questionable things have happened on this day (#onthisday). The list below is my selection of what I hope are more positive events (using the Wikipedia page for July 4 as the starting point, and then subtracting many, many selections). The list that remains is dedicated to Philipp! I have added some additional headings in ALL CAPS and bold text to highlight entries that I think are worth further investigation.

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Norman Cohn’s Divergent Legacies: A Presentation on YouTube

On the 23rd of June, 2020, I gave a paper via remote link to an audience at the Europa Universität in Frankfurt / Oder. The talk is entitled:

Reflections on The Pursuit of the Millennium, Europe’s Inner Demons, and The War on Heresy: Six-Word Arguments to Highlight Norman Cohn’s Divergent Legacies. (The orange text is important when you peruse the Prezi frames.)

I used the Prezi below in the presentation. You can explore it on your own by going to https://prezi.com/raocgxnxjxkv/. There are many frames that I did not discuss in detail.

If you would like to read my presentation, you can find it by opening the rest of this post.

UPDATE from 27 May 2021: I have changed the title of this post (although the URL remains the same). The original post indicated that the YouTube video and other parts of the post were related to a June 2020 presentation (Vortrag) I was making at the Europa-Universität in Germany.

UPDATE from 24 June 2020: I have put the recording of my presentation on YouTube. The text below is a close but not exact transcript of the presentation.

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Podcasts and videos about Ana/baptist Münster

Podcasts and videos about Ana/baptist Münster

I’m compiling links to popular portrayals of the siege of Münster. I’ll update this post from time to time

WARNING: Be aware that most interpretations of Ana/baptist rule in Münster are based far too uncritically on the accounts of enemies. If you listen to these podcasts, please remember to practice the best habits of critical and historical thinking.

Cover of Dan Carlin, “Prophets of Doom,” Hardcore History, episode 48 (2013)


Amsterdamnified! A new research project

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has just awarded Michael Driedger (Brock University) and Gary K. Waite (University of New Brunswick) a five-year Insight Grant for their research program “Amsterdamnified! Religious Dissenters, Anti-Providential Ideas and Urban Associationalism in the Emergence of the Early Enlightenment in England and the Low Countries, 1540-1700.” For more details, please visit the project website.