Thursday, February 03, 2005

Spinning Clio : Where History and Politics Meet

I've decided to "officially" announce a blog side project that I've been working on (sporadically) called Spinning Clio: Where History and Politics Meet. To paraphrase/quote from my initial post on the new site: Spinning Clio is intended to be my forum for both long pieces and short blurbs and references to other sights that all deal with the intersection of history with politics. My goal is twofold. First, in the spirit of the historian E.H. Carr, (from whom I got the subtitle to the sight) I will occasionally delve into the concept of ideology, which Carr defined as "where history and politics meet." Second, History is one of the chief sources used in political rhetoric by those of all ideologies. I will not hide the fact that I am conservative. (Indeed, a rarity among historians). My citations to other online works and resources will tend to lean that way, but I must point out that I do maintain many permanent links to many "left-leaning" sights and that I do peruse their work. Additionally, as I alluded, there are plenty of liberal historians: This sight is for the conservative historians who are interested in the "conservative" interpretation of history and how it is used in political discourse.

I had a similar idea when I put up Historical Sources Online, but after a couple months, it seemed that a site with historical "sources" wasn't the place to offer opinion. (I have kept those postings up and will do so for posterity). Spinning Clio fills that niche. Perhaps I am engaging in too much blog compartmentalization, I'm not sure. With the addition of SC, I will now have 3 active blogging outlets: The Ocean State Blogger, Anchor Rising and Spinning Clio.

What does that mean for this site? Again, I'm not sure. Anchor Rising has thus far been a good experience and provides an outlet for political, social and cultural musings similar to those I often express here at OSB. One thing that I think will happen is that OSB will serve as a sort of blog "notebook" for nascent thoughts that could be developed into broader and bigger pieces for the other two sites. Also, since Clio and Anchor do have "themes," OSB will provide me with an outlet for first- postings on topics not necessarily germane to the other two sights. (I'm just thinking out loud). What OSB won't become is a diary of "my life," something I've consciously tried to avoid so far (except when "my life" effects my blogging). So, if you feel like jumping over to Spinning Clio, please do, but don't expect too much. If you regard it as a resource for political rhetoric, you'll be on the right track.

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