Sunday, February 27, 2005

LII Miscellany 24/2/05

Saturday, February 19, 2005

LII Miscellany

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Le Figaro describes the debate among Lacan's old seminar students over the publication of his lectures. (Googl-English)

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Women working at Harvard

"WOMEN WORKING: 1870-1930"
* 2,400 books and pamphlets
* 1,075 photographs
* 5,000 pages of manuscripts
* 50 trade catalogs

"The 'Women Working' collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression. Working conditions, conditions in the home, costs of living, recreation, health and hygiene, conduct of life, policies and regulations governing the workplace, education and social issues are all well documented."

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Weekend book reviews

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Graveyard of the Pacific

Graveyard of the Pacific: the Shipwrecks of Vancouver Island is a well-put-together collection of tales that would be excellent for, say, early to mid-teens interested in history. (I say broadly, not being an expert on child development!)

Friday, February 04, 2005

Jewish Baghdad

With today's seething tensions in the Middle East it is easy to forget that before the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 there were large Jewish communities spread across the Muslim world. One particularly prominent example was Baghdad.
It has often been said that New York is a Jewish city. I think one can safely say the same about Baghdad of the first half of the twentieth century.

To have an idea of the city’s demography and the position of the Jews in those five decades, it is enough to glance at these few facts of statistics:

In 1904, the French vice-consul in Baghdad gave the number of Jews in the then Ottoman Baghdad vilayet as 40,000, out of a total population of 160,000.

In 1910, a British consular report estimated the number of Jews in Baghdad as ranging from 45,000 to 50,000.

In October 1921, a British publication quoted these population figures for the city as given in the last official yearbook of the Baghdad vilayet: total number of inhabitants, 202,200, of whom: 80,000 were Jews; 12,000 Christians; 8,000 Kurds, 800 Persians; and 101,400 Arabs, Turks and other Muslims.

A proclamation issued by the British military Governor in the early 1919’s fixed the number of sheep to be slaughtered daily in Baghdad East (al-Risafa, the more populous half of the city) at 220 for Jewish butchers and 160 for Muslim and other butchers.

In the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce most of the members were Jews and the administrative council consisted of 8 Jews and 8 Moslems.

It's worth having a look at the whole site, which bills itself as the "Journal of Babylonian Jewry". Two other articles I've read recently on the subject that I think are quite interesting are "Memories of Iraq" and "The Jewish Community of Baghdad".

In other news I've just posted an old essay of mine entitled 'Religious Practice and Change in 19th Century Catholic Europe", in case any of you are interested in that sort of thing.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Vinland map: a forgery?

The Vinland Map -- Some "Finer Points" of the Debate, by J. Huston McCulloch, dated 2004, looks like a solid exploration of the question. There's also apparently to be a TV show in the US on the subject on February 8, for anyone for whom that's relevant.

LII Miscellany (3 February)

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

A Web of English History

A site that's been around for a while but recently moved to a new home, A Web of English History contains two resources for British history from around 1760-1850: The Age of George III and The Peel Web.