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The Coastal History 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 and Offshoring”.  In today’s post, Roscoe explains how her work as part of the Carceral Archipelago […]

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The Coastal History 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, Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict, does not present itself as […]

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The Coastal History 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 a consensus (it did not).  There were some shared […]

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The Coastal History 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 Crossroads”—co-authored by nine academics based variously in […]

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