Elsewhere on the Internet…

… there has been rather more of me than there has been here, sorry about that. It’s not so much that this term has been impossibly loaded, it hasn’t really though keeping four new courses ready to roll week-to-week has been a challenge, I will admit. It is much more that I have also been trying to crunch through the next step of the Casserres project—I will write about this soon—and to read quite a lot of stuff I need to have a grip on for teaching, some of which I may also write about, and these have all filled quite a lot of time. I have kept coming to the Internet just before midnight and sleep has usually won out. Nonetheless, on Friday I did actually catch up with all the blogs I follow, more or less; and since then I even socialised with some people somewhere other than a seminar! Incroyable!

But, I have not been completely inattentive to the web, I’ve just been attentive elsewhere. In particular!

  1. I’ve updated my static webpages, so that if you really wanted an up-to-date Jarrett bibliography or to remind yourself of my conference-going history, or even to know what my big projects are supposed to be whenever the small ones temporarily die down, that information is now current. N. B. these pages may plug the book once or twice. Maybe.
  2. Not just one but two of the places I’m teaching for here have now got as far as acknowledging my existence on the web, and I have to thank Pembroke College, where I am only a Retained Lecturer, for actually giving me a full page to play with, yet another thing to keep up to date but very welcome as now Academia.edu is not going be the first hit for me when people Google me at Oxford; after all, there are others claiming an Oxford affiliation there who have nothing of the kind any more, and I don’t want to be mistaken for one of them.
  3. I have also been writing at Cliopatria. Ordinarily I can go months between posts there, because I only post when asked to or when something broader than my focus here crosses my synapses. But recently both of those happened, so you can find me writing:
  4. And, indeed, while I have your attention over there, I’ve also thrown in on a question that fellow contributor Chris Bray raised there, to wit: “in whatever place and period you study, do you find that the political ruling class was generally aligned with common people in a struggle against the economic elite? Where and when has that happened?” I had some weak answers but maybe you have a stronger one? Trot over and cast it into the pool if so, we can always use comments from out of field over there.

Meanwhile, I have five posts in some form of draft, quite a lot of seminar papers to talk about, and an imminent access of slightly more time, so with a bit of luck you’ll be seeing more of my Internet presence again shortly.


6 responses to “Elsewhere on the Internet…

  1. good to hear from you

  2. commented too soon – clicked through all the links you provided – very interesting.

    Your comments on Cliopatria were very very good – as was the article you were referring to (although a bit difficult to get to)

    I would add one small thing to both analysi – global anything is only made possible by oil. We seriously underestimate how deeply cheap oil is embedded in our civilization and how hard it will be to replace it. We also ignore how fragile this reliance on cheap oil makes our civilization – so while your comments re: the greater wealth of modern civilization and the greater capacity for coercion of the modern state are apt – a few riots in Saudi Arabia and the price of oil will go through the roof – and watch the house of cards collapse. Long term, cheap oil is going to decline – and one has to wonder if the globalized economy will follow. What does Britain look like when North Sea oil is gone – in about 15 years?

    There might be some near equivalents to this reliance on cheap oil in the Middle Ages – manual labor being one and the consequences that we see when the plague reduces the size of the pool of peasants to perform agricultural manual labor – but still nothing close to our situation re: oil.

    • That’s a very good point, of course. The good possibility is that by then we’ll have sunlight-catalysed fuel cells up and running (though where’s the damn water coming from, at that rate?), the bad possibilities are, well, bad. Britain (and especially Scotland) place much too much faith in North Sea Oil revenue but it isn’t, really, that large a part of the British economy I think, such as that now is; it’s employment, and a certain amount of tax take, but it’s mainly going to big companies and staying outside the UK for most practical purposes I think. Not much evidence for that supposition, though, so I could easily be wrong!

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  4. Jonathan, Please don’t wait to be asked to post at Cliopatria! The more Jarrett there is, the better Cliopatria is.

    • Oh, I don’t wait to be asked! I just rarely think of stuff I think belongs there rather than here. But, contrariwise, when asked I do like to oblige. But there’s only so much I can do to counter-balance so massive a body of Americanists :-) Your kind words much appreciated, however!

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