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Vittore Carpaccio, “Hunting on the lagoon,” ca. 1490. [Getty Museum: public domain image] According to the Getty’s caption, these Venetian archers “use clay pellets rather than arrows in order to stun the birds and not damage their plumage.”

The Coastal History Blog No.50: Catching a Wave – Seven Years of the Coastal History Blog

Most academic blogs are about an individual researcher’s particular work and interests. What I sought to do here, instead, was to use the blog as a placeholder or “proof of concept” for a possible journal and for a new network of professionals. This, necessarily, meant that I frequently read, and wrote, outside my comfort zone, […]

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Cresmina Dune in Cascais, Portugal, 2019. Photographs by the author unless otherwise indicated.

The Coastal History Blog 49: Coastal dunes as historical subjects

Sand has been a recurring theme here at the Coastal History Blog, from some of my earliest posts, “What are Beaches for?”,  “The Political Economy of Sand,” and a bit more indirectly, “Coasts of the Anthropocene,” followed by a post inspired by my nearest coast, the Indiana Dunes State Park facing Lake Michigan. More recently, […]

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Fully Funded PhD Opportunity! Shipwreck Shores: Wrecking and Coastal Cultures in Britain and Sweden, 1700-1850

We at Port Towns and Urban Cultures are excited to announce a fully funded “Coastal History” PhD opportunity. This split-site PhD will provide the successful candidate with the unique opportunity to research and teach in both Britain and Sweden, thanks to a new collaboration established between the University of Portsmouth and Halmstad University. The PhD […]

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Machine shop in Kronstadt Dockyard (c.1906) P. Brown

CFP: NDS 25th Annual Conference. Dockyards and Baltic Campaigns (1721–2021): Comparisons and Transformations

The Naval Dockyards Society has announced the theme for their 25th Annual Conference which will be held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich on 27 March 2021. This one-day conference will examine the role of the naval dockyards and bases that were closely associated with Baltic naval campaigns. 1721 was the year that the Great […]

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Rescheduled Conference: Where Empires Collide: Dockyards and Naval Bases in and around the Indian Ocean

The Naval Dockyards Society have unveiled the programme for their rescheduled 2020 conference, taking place at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on 31 October 2020, 11am-4pm. This one-day conference will examine the role and scope of naval bases and naval support facilities in and around the Indian Ocean. Were bases built to defend colonies, control colonies, […]

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