This blog is written by a historian, but is not all about history. It’s written from a political and cultural viewpoint, but is not a polemic. If it has any function at all, it is foremost a release valve for things best not said in a seminar room or professional journal, as well as a place to record reactions as they happen. There is no target audience, in fact I suspect there is no audience at all, which may be just fine. On the other hand, as and if this blog begins to say things that others want to read, I hope people will find their way here. If you are one of those people, welcome. Ob-la-di, ob-la-da!