Pamela Toler

About me

I write history and not-quite-historical fiction. My official focus is on the British empire in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, but I really interested in any time and place where two cultures meet and change each other.

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In which I consider the nature of primary sources, with a little despair

Fragment of Herodotus’s Histories My primary academic home is the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries,* periods in which primary sources and material artifacts are relatively abundant. As a result, the question of whether something counts as a primary source is generally clear–at least in terms of a given sources’s…

Running on Railroad Time

I was recently reading an excellent new book on the Battle of Waterloo* in which the author made an off-hand comment about the difficulty of synchronizing accounts even when sources give exact times for events because there was no standardized time. Until the rise of the railroads in the mid-nineteenth…

History on Display: Project 1915

Armenia (Hayasdan) A smaller version, which will enable you to see the whole thing, but less detail. On April 24, 2015, Armenians around the world will commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide, generally considered the first large-scale genocide of the 20th century. Many of the remembrances will focus on…

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