Author Archives: The Oberamtmann

Les Mis Review

I finally saw Les Mis: the movie . I have seen Les Mis the stage musical, including once in German in Berlin. I have not (yet) read the book that inspired the musical, so my review will not involve discussions … Continue reading

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Grandpa’s Memoirs

Veteran’s Day (Armistice Day for you non-Americans out there) is fast approaching. I thought I could share some memories of my favorite veteran, Grandpa, and our joint experiences recording and remembering his past, transforming his personal life into family history. … Continue reading

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Baseball Teams as Early-Modern States

We are in the doldrums of the baseball year. We are eagerly awaiting the day pitchers and catchers report, even though nothing interesting happens for weeks thereafter. That’s just how bad it is for baseball fans right now. Almost all … Continue reading

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In Defense of Vacation

Americans work too hard. A simple check over at Wikipedia shows that while France and Germany require four or more weeks of paid vacation, the United States does not have any such requirements. Every real job I’ve had in America … Continue reading

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Wikileaks as a historical source

The Baseball and Futility series is taking a one-week hiatus because of a lack of time. It should return next week. On another note, there was a post on H-Net asking about using Wikileaks as source material for research. I … Continue reading

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Baseball and History: Narratives, Part Three

Note: this is part of an ongoing series I’m doing. Part one, and links to all the other parts, can be found here. Baseball has a long history in America, and its close connection with American culture means that our … Continue reading

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Baseball and History: Narratives, Part Two

Note: this is part of an ongoing series I’m doing. Part one, and links to all the other parts, can be found here. The problem with WPA and other contextual stats is that they are teleological. This is not really … Continue reading

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