Blog Posts

Active History

Where have all the Books Gone? Research and Writing During the Pandemic 

This is the third post in the Pandemic Methodologies series. See the introductory post for more information.

Nursing Clio

Peer-reviewed publications

Black Before Florence: Black Nurses, Enslaved Labour, and the British Royal Navy, 1790-1820

Part of the Beyond Florence series that examines nursing history beyond Florence Nightingale.

Proper Nurses: Regulating Nursing Care in the Royal Navy and the British Army in the 18th Century

The American Association for the History of Nursing is so pleased to partner with Nursing Clio for this special series, which showcases some of the innovative and diverse work being done by historians of nursing across the world.

Environmental History Now

Politics of Nature: Ventilation, Ideas of Health, and 18th-Century British Miltiary and Naval Hospitals

This post is part of a series on Politics of Nature, edited by Emily Webster, in which contributors explore the diverse and complex relationships of humans and their nonhuman environments, as they are framed by politics, broadly construed. The series showcases the ways in which thinking about, writing about, and acting within nature has affected these relationships.


Forgotten Carers: How digital methodology illuminates female nursing in 18th century British Naval Hospitals

Today’s essay comes to us from Erin Spinney, who will be discussing how the Digital Humanities help tell the stories of nurses who served in eigtheenth-century British naval hospitals. This year’s CHA was the first time I really had an opportunity to learn about Erin’s work, and it is truly fascinating and immersing research. Enjoy!


Network in Canadian History and Environment

Women and the Prairies Landscape

This is the third in a series of articles on the 2018 Canadian History and Environment Summer Symposium. The symposium was held in Saskatchewan in early June and focused on the theme of “Prairie and Environmental Change in the Twentieth Century.”

Reflections On CHESS 2015 From A Recently-Converted Environmental Historian

As a PhD Candidate at the University of Saskatchewan I spend a great deal of my time surrounded by young and inspiring Environmental Historians. So when the call for applicants for this year’s Canadian History and Environment Summer School came out in March I received some gentle and not so gentle nudging from my fellow PhD students to apply. They made a strong case; that my work on military and naval nurses in the West Indies had many components of an environmental history.