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Blog 29: Are islands really “natural prisons”? – the challenges of island incarceration in nineteenth century Australia Today, I’m happy to introduce the Coastal History Blog’s second guest post, by Katy Roscoe.  (The first guest post was by Julia Leikin.)  Island studies have featured before in this blog, in “Are Islands Insular?” but also in “Offshore […]

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Blog 28: “Jews and Muslims in Twentieth-Century France: The View from a Port Town” I’ve observed before in this blog that some of the best scholarship on port towns and urban cultures is written by people who arrive at this subject matter by a circuitous route, almost in spite of themselves.  Maud Mandel’s recent book, […]

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Blog 27: “The Sailor’s Yarn” Visitors to Salem, Massachusetts are likely to make a beeline for anything related to the celebrated witch trials.  A few older tourists will notice the sites connected to Nathaniel Hawthorne (my generation was probably the last to read The Scarlet Letter in school as an obligatory part of the American […]

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Blog 26: “Conference report: Charles Dibdin and his World” Over Thanksgiving, I had the privilege to participate in what was apparently the first ever conference devoted to Charles Dibdin the Elder (1745-1814).  In what follows, I will not reproduce information easily enough discovered on the conference website, nor will I suggest that the conference reached […]

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Blog 25: “The Encroaching Coast” Most people wouldn’t associate northern Indiana with shipwrecks, but Lake Michigan has its share of them.  The J.D. Marshall sank in 1911, where it remains, just a stone’s throw offshore from the Indiana Dunes State Park.  It was a “sand sucker,” employed in pulling up sand from the lake bed […]

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Blog 24: “Port Geography at the Crossroads” Cloistered subfields predictably produce cloistered scholarship. Cloistered scholarship is, as a rule, quite dull.  Why, then, does cloistering exercise such a fatal attraction for so many academics? A new article in the Journal of Transport Geography confronts this dilemma in an unusually honest way.  “Port Geography at the […]

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