Here are some links to some friends, family, colleagues, and interesting strangers:
James Schmidt, noted historian of the European Enlightenment and its legacies, maintains a blog about his latest research: https://persistentenlightenment.wordpress.com/
My brother Dan’s twitter feed: http://twitter.com/#!/FnDan
Jared McBride is an historian of Ukraine during the Second World War. This is his blog, “Riding the Third Rail”: http://ridingthirdrail.wordpress.com/
Website of the Kreis, Berkeley’s German history working group: http://www.derkreis.moonfruit.com/
“The Books of the Century,” a statistical list compiled by historian Daniel Immerwahr of the 20th-century’s bestselling fiction and non-fiction books by year: http://www.booksofthecentury.com/
“European History Online” is an interesting resource published by the Institut für Europäische Geschichte in Mainz. It focues on “transcultural” history and contains a useful page on theories and methods: http://www.ieg-ego.eu/
The German Historical Institute has launched a website “German History in Documents and Images” (in English and auf Deutsch) that is a great resource for teachers and anyone else who’s assembling a PowerPoint on German history: http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/index.cfm?language=english
The German satirical weekly Simplicissimus was published from 1896 to 1944 and provided witty commentary on German everyday life. No public figure or politician, regardless of party, remained unscathed, especially in the magazine’s heyday, 1896-1909. This online database of every issue in PDF form is fantastic, and the great cover art and drawings will still interest non-German speakers: http://www.simplicissimus.info/
The recently-founded Society for U.S. Intellectual History publishes a blog, “U.S. Intellectual History,” that includes useful entries on teaching strategy, state of the profession, book reviews, etc.: http://us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com/
“History for Music Lovers” channel on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/historyteachers#p/. My favorite is “The French Revolution” to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.”
Can’t get enough Enlightenment? Then Stanford’s “Mapping the Republic of Letters” is for you. This remarkable project traces networks of correspondence among the 18th-century Enlightenment’s most notable philosophes. The results are presented in some striking visualizations of what the abstract Republic of Letters actually “looked” like, at least on a map: https://republicofletters.stanford.edu/
A blog on “Writing History in the Digital Age,” edited by Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki at Trinity College, Dublin: http://writinghistory.trincoll.edu/
Bard College’s online Hannah Arendt Collection includes scans of books from Arendt’s personal library, including her marginalia. See what she really thought of Heidegger! http://www.bard.edu/arendtcollection/marginalia.htm
Perhaps even better than Bard’s collection is The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library of Congress. 25,000 items, all digitized and many freely available online! Yet another indication that if, unlike me, you have the good fortune of being a pure intellectual historian, you never need to leave your home and/or WiFi connection: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/arendthtml/arendthome.html
Who doesn’t like French WWI propaganda posters? http://www.topito.com/top-44-des-affiches-de-propagande-francaise-de-la-premiere-guerre-mondiale
Once again proving that academics can take anything seriously, here’s a blog called “Zombies in the Academy”: http://zombieacademy.wordpress.com/.
The Denver Post has published some great early color photography of tsarist Russia: http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2009/10/21/color-photography-from-russian-in-the-early-1900s/. It’s incredible that the Bolsheviks ever thought that they could start a modern proletarian revolution there.
Simon Christen’s beautiful video “The Unseen Sea,” filmed in the Bay Area hills: http://vimeo.com/15069551
The Paris-based artist and graphic designer Frédéric Menant: http://www.fredericmenant.com/mqds/. I’ve used his images in my posts.