September saw the birth of a new academic year and a return to the classroom. It is always positive to see new classes settling in and new ideas discussed/debate/argued (delete as appropriate according to the setting, class, and the topic!). I discussed the new return of the year in the post – imaginatively titled – ‘The New Academic Year’. On looking through my posts over the month it is hard to find a common theme; as fitting with the rest of the blog an eclectic collection is probably the best summary.
The subcategory ‘Gibberings‘ obtained a healthy dose of posts (as to why I’ve called this ‘Gibberings’ I don’t know; I guess I was trying to indicate posts/talk that didn’t necessarily hold any real historical value – utterances, if you will). During the month I considered the question as to how small a book could be (it turns out an ebook can be incredibly small: a page!). Later in the month I returned to this topic by uploading my very first ebook on Amazon: The Oddity of the Siege at St. Michael’s Mount. This was based on an article that was published in 2017 surrounding a generally forgotten local chapter of the larger Wars of the Roses.
I continued with the idea of a War World Cup: this month I reviewed the Crimean War of the mid-1850s and gave a win to the British-French alliance. I hope to follow this up in the next couple of weeks with the revenge of the Russians in the Russo-Turkish War. I continue to be in conflict with the actual value of this process, but until I resolve this in my head I will press onwards and cover other wars from the past.
Furthermore, I also added another post relating to the history of St. Budeaux (a parish in Plymouth, Devon). This is my home village/suburb/urban-zone (again, delete as feel appropriate) and I have researched and written heavily on the area in the past. This time I came across the story of Mary Newman and touched on the question as to whether or not she is a daughter of St. Budeaux (or, perhaps Saltash, across the water). This has got me thinking about bringing together short biographies of these interesting lives of St. Budeaux to issue together in a larger collection (to add to my earlier post about the life of Thomas Alcock). I will attempt to post another related post in October.
My final post of the month related to American history, a topic that I have covered much in the past (mostly relating to the 19th Century). This year I have picked up the teaching of 20th Century themed A-level module (The American Dream: 1945-80), which has slightly pulled me out of my comfort zone (yes, damn you, Eisenhower economic policies!). My post on the Vietnam War surrounded source material I have come across; all of this reveals that the American governments of the 1950s-1960s were in complete confusion as to how to proceed with the war.
My aim for October is to post about my recent National Trust/English Heritage visits, and to bring in more local history topics. Furthermore, I will update with material I cover in my classes (which includes the Tudors, history theory, German and American history).