My name is Jeni Kirby, and I am a historian in Northwest Arkansas. I research and study pre-history to current events, in American, European, African, and Middle Eastern studies. My favorite historical lenses are government, military, race, gender, class, and economy. Currently, I am working on two major projects simultaneously: American Civil War and socialism. I cannot go into any details of my Civil War research due to publication. But, since socialism is such a broad topic, and I am at the research stage, I do not mind sharing my ideas or findings throughout my blog. But before we jump into this topic, I first want to give you an idea of how my site works, and what you can expect from me, as a professional.
First, I will write Introduction blogs, introducing my research, topics, publications, writings, and what I am currently reading (historical fiction, non-fiction, and literature (from the period I am studying). But I will also write about general things, such as my traveling, my Autistic daughter, my developing career, and the struggles of being a single parent. These topics will be organized in a unique way to separate my history research, topics, and publications. To keep my blog organized, I will create three blog categories, which will be listed in my blog titles: "About Me;" "History," and "Career." "History" is the meat and potatoes of my site. Under this category, I will post my own book reviews from various historians and scholars; write columns about my research and findings; and how to find reliable primary and secondary sources.
I will also create a vlog for each new topic I introduce. The vlog is my own personal lectures on topics that interests me. For example, with my new topic on socialism, I will discuss the trends and patterns of socialism and how it globally impacts society. From Karl Marx's own writings, I will show and discuss how Germany, Russia, Cuba, and America began to utilize socialism,and what happens when countries fully embrace these radical ideas. You will also see the trends and patterns of economic disparities, from socialism, through the wealthy and working classes. With each new topic, I will introduce a new book, which I will review.
Book reviews are highly important to the history field. After reading a secondary source, historians gut the book by highlighting the author's historical methodology (the research method that historians follow), the sources that the author used, the author's argument, and what he or she showed or didn't show in his or her book (the gaps). Gaps are pits in a historian's research. If a historian's book is called War Between the States and only shows how the South was impacted by the American Civil War, then there is gap. We need to know what happened to the North during the war too. As a result, book reviews are highly important to the history field, for scholars and historians can use them to figure out if the source is worthy or unworthy for their research.
Remember this is at time to learn, research, and discover.