Author: Malory Nye

Introduction to the History’s Ink podcast (episode HIP001 – text version)

Thanks for tuning into this first episode of the the ‘History’s Ink’ podcast. According to a less well known quote from Mark Twain: ‘The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.’ (Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson and Other Tales) This phrase is perhaps a little obscure, but in short it means that what we choose to put down — and to represent — as history is the product of our own prejudices, whoever we might be. It is fluid, it is in motion, it becomes something in the process of being written down. I came upon this phrase as...

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HIP010 The Doctrine of Discovery, part 2 (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY The Doctrine of Discovery and the Europeanisation of the land that became America (part 2) This is the second part of the discussion of the Doctrine of Discovery. For the first episode on this topic (part one, HIP009), click here. LISTEN NOW http://media.blubrry.com/malorynye/p/traffic.libsyn.com/malorynye/HIP010_Doctrine_of_Discovery_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Show notes In the previous episode (HIP009, part 1 of this discussion), I introduced the English King Henry VII’s claims (his letter patent) to the lands of America in 1496, with the voyage of the Italian John Cabot. When Henry made his claim...

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HIP009 Living with Lies: the Doctrine of Discovery, part 1 (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY Today, I discuss a fundamental starting point in our understanding of the ‘discovery’ and settlement of America by Europeans. That is, the encounter with the Indigenous people of the lands the Europeans (and their descendants) went on to colonise. Historically this has come to be thought of as being based on the ‘doctrine of discovery’, an idea with significantly Christian religious underpinnings.   LISTEN NOW http://media.blubrry.com/malorynye/p/traffic.libsyn.com/malorynye/HIP009_Doctrine_of_Discovery_1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Show notes I start somewhere near the beginning of European encounters with and colonisation of people of the continent of...

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HIP008 Scotland and Scottish histories (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY In this episode, I aim to introduce the history of Scotland as part of this exploration of the ‘ink with which history is written’. That is, I do not intend to write the story of Scotland. Instead, my hope is to bring to the fore certain histories, certain stories, events, ideas, and people within the context of history in and of Scotland that have impacted the wider world that we live in. LISTEN NOW http://media.blubrry.com/malorynye/p/traffic.libsyn.com/malorynye/HIP008_Scotland_and_Scottish_histori.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Show notes I have included Scotland and its particular histories within...

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HIP007 Slavery: the indelible stain (History’s Ink Podcast)

SUMMARY In the last five episodes I have covered some introductory issues about three of the major themes of the History’s Ink podcast. That is on European encounters in episode 2, on the Protestant reformations in 3 and 4, and on the development of the idea of Europe (vis a vis Islam and the Muslim world) in episodes 5 & 6. Going hand in hand with all this is the development of that aspect of European society — particularly in the rise of colonialism — that was slavery. That is, the kidnapping of people (mostly from Africa), their forced...

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