Category Archives: web resources

Blog Triumphalism, Redux.

Apparently the oldest title still in (continuous) circulation has just left off printing entirely, becoming a purely online publication. I don’t read Swedish, so I can’t decipher a word of the thing, although “logga in” is both obvious and, to anglophone ears, funny.

Poor Hans Holm, the paper’s editor for twenty years, thinks it’s “a cultural disaster.” I think it’s fabulous. A readership of a thousand people was huge three hundred years ago; now it’s miniscule by newspaper standards. If the most important effect of print culture was its democratizing potential (answer: yes), then online publication–cheap, self-archiving, and available worldwide–expands the project exponentially.

I’ma cross-post this at The Valve.

Some 18th-century reading to pass the time

The latest edition of the Science blogging carnival, the Tangled Bank, has an 18th-century history of science theme.

Another interesting source project using WordPress: Defoe’s Review.

Jonathan Edelstein has uncovered the use of a Koran for swearing oaths in The Old Bailey.

And nearly forgot this: When a killer cloud hit Britain.

Update: I mentioned the Linnaeus 300th anniversary in another post; well, now there’s a brand new celebratory website (from Sweden but in English). Apart from some history, it has answers to questions such as: ‘how do flowers know when it’s time to bloom’ and ‘what’s so unique about humans’. There’s a large dollop of Swedish patriotism in there, but it’s absolutely delightful.

British History Online to feature Calendar of State Papers

Speaking of materials useful for teaching, C18-L today contained the following announcement concerning British History Online:

British History Online, the digital library for British history from 
the IHR and the History of Parliament Trust, will soon be launching 
the Calendars of State Papers, Domestic (1547-1704, 1760-75). The 
volumes will be fully searchable, both individually and as a series, 
and are complemented very well by BHO’s current holdings of the 
Journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords, and the Statutes of the 
Realm. Also included will be selected volumes of the Calendars of the 
State Papers for Scotland and Ireland.

The volumes will be available by the beginning of the autumn term of 
2007. In the longer term, we plan to add further calendars of the 
holdings of The National Archives, funding permitting.

The original press release is available at:

Matthew Davies

Director, Centre for Metropolitan History
Institute of Historical Research
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Tel. +44 (0)20-7862-8698 <>

Check out the British History Online Website at:


After my exchange with Ellen, I was curious: are people out there using such resources for research, teaching, or both?  How do you introduce such materials to your students, and how useful do you find them?