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Last night, I decided to email the folks from whom I have gotten messages in the past regarding the podcast. British History 101 has always been on my mind, perhaps especially so since I’ve not been able to produce an episode. It’s been increasingly at the fore of my thoughts for the past few months. The creative process was always a great deal of fun, but I particularly enjoyed putting the finishing touches on a podcast and the interaction with listeners that usually happened afterward – emails, Skype messages, and Facebook postings with comments, responses, or requests for certain material on the show were always a joy to receive, and I’ve missed that.There was also a period when the hosting for the show was supported directly with contributions from listeners, and that was a deeply humbling experience – for about a year, British History 101 maintained a presence on the Internet entirely on listener support. Thanks, ladies and gentlemen. I really do appreciate that, especially as people were contributing during the darkest days of the recent economic decline.

With that in mind, I would like to remind whoever is still out there of a few channels of communication to watch in my efforts to rebuild the British History 101 community and get this thing off the ground again. Keep an eye on this space and subscribe to the posts (there’s a link in the top right corner of this page) – the blog is a place where I can get at least some level of conversation going, especially when I only have a few minutes here and there to write a blog post but in which I can’t do more substantial research or writing. I’ve also just opened a dedicated Twitter account for the show; sadly, Twitter wouldn’t allow “BritishHistory101” as a handle, so you can find me @BritHist101. No, it isn’t perfect, but it’ll have to do! I’ve recently gotten back into Facebook, and will need to explore my options there. I understand the app environment has changed to some degree since I was last a member of the site, so perhaps there will be a better way to have a show page there. The Skype account BritishHistory101 is still alive, too, so feel free to send me a message or even give me a quick shout out there. And, as always, I can be reached via email at BritishHistory101@gmail.com.

I’ll be honest – I love British History 101. The interaction I had with listeners when the show was still up and running on a regular basis was fantastic. To a certain selfish degree, I would like that sense of community back. I can only do half of it, though, and making it work requires the audience, too. I sincerely hope there are at least a few of you left out there who can help me make it happen.

 

 

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A dramatic interpretation of a rare treat – a primary source from Edmund Burke

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"Iain Sandison from Kilmarnock captured this image of Inveraray Castle as it is surrounded by mist." Source: BBC "Your Pictures of Scotland 22 Jan - 29 Jan"

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The end of a three-part series in which Michael Anthony presents a paper on American POWs during the War of Independence


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Thomas Coryat, Odcombian Leg-Stretcher


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Alcohol, Morality, and Legislation in 17th-Century Massachusetts Colony


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Zadok the Priest

Michael discusses an iconic composition – albeit with a low-tech, in-the-trenches approach.

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A brief appeal

To the loyal, cherished, and wonderful fans of the show,

I have a very brief and simple appeal to make. In an attempt to slim down Ye Olde Budget as much as possible, I realize that the cost of hosting British History 101 – $9.95 per month – is a personal budget item that could perhaps be lifted through the kind generosity of just a small portion of British History 101's listenership. Therefore, I humbly request that, if you are so inclined, listeners contribute just $1 US to the show, via PayPal to BritishHistory101@gmail.com. If we do some quick calculations, one finds that a $1 donation from 120 listeners yields enough to maintain the show's hosting cost for an entire year; contributions above that amount, or more people giving $1, keep the show in business longer, and would perhaps even allow me to upgrade my microphone.

HOWEVER – if it should come to pass that this is not a viable choice at this point in time for listeners, fear not! The show will, indeed, still be hosted; I have borne the hosting cost until this point, and I can continue to do so into the future if totally necessary. With that in mind, though, it would be a great help to me to have this particular budgetary burden lifted. Also, should we end up with a substantial amount of money, I will dedicate a portion of it to the show's continued success and donate the balance to a worthy cause, such as the British Museum or the Imperial War Museum.

The listeners of British History 101 are some of the greatest people I have ever been privileged to know, and appreciate any sort of assistance that can be offered. If nothing else, though, just continuing to download the show is a generous display of support and I am incredibly grateful for the continued presence of all the wonderful people out there that join me in discussing history.

Warmest regards,
Michael Anthony

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In this episode, British History 101 returns with a casual flavor – Michael comments on Blake's "Jerusalem"

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Clearly, it’s been no short amount of time since I last posted an episode of the podcast; the rigors of life outside of the show have been of a nature which makes it nearly impossible to spend any time in research. If I could find someone to pay me full-time to create the show, we’d have a twice-a-week chat about British history and I’d be pleased as punch. However, due to the fact that this small thing called reality requires my efforts to be poured into things which pay the bills, the show has suffered.

But fear not, faithful listener! The academic year looms like a stormcloud over the Tor at Glastonbury, and this time ’round it actually holds more promise for the show, rather than less as has been true for past terms. I am very grateful to have been accepted into the graduate program at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, where I will soon begin studies on my chosen field – which is, at this point, something to do with later 18th-century imperial studies “on the home front.” I’ve yet to narrow it down past that, but suffice it to say that this will provide much more direct research that benefits both my academic work and the show itself. Hopefully, working with the faculty in the department will bring me just a little closer to Britannia, and I will do my best to bring all of you along with me.

Stay tuned. I’ll make no promises, but I sense the mists are clearing. Onward!

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