Exploring Six Degrees of Francis Bacon in Beta

By Hillary Nunn Since the beta version of Six Degrees of Francis Bacon (SDFB) debuted in September, users have been joyfully exploring early modern social networks with the interface’s easy-to-use tools and color-coded illustrations. The much anticipated launch opens up The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in a new way, allowing users to focus on … Continue reading Exploring Six Degrees of Francis Bacon in Beta

Serving Up Food History and Mastering the Art of Public Engagement

By Paula Johnson  Over several wintry days in January, at a sprawling hotel in midtown Manhattan, members of the American Historical Association and affiliated societies gamely selected from a virtual cornucopia of panel discussions, roundtables, and special sessions built around the theme, “History and the Other Disciplines.” Those interested in food studies—an inherently multidisciplinary field—found … Continue reading Serving Up Food History and Mastering the Art of Public Engagement

Making Scents in the Victorian Home

By Jessica P. Clark In 1864, London perfumer Eugène Rimmel (of modern Rimmel Cosmetics fame) published The Book of Perfumes. Compiled from a series of articles he wrote for science-minded readers of The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, the book charted the history of perfumery, as well as modern distilling techniques used by Europe’s leading manufacturing perfumers: … Continue reading Making Scents in the Victorian Home