Hi, this isn't a question so feel free not to respond. But I just wanted to let you know that I've been following you for a year now (almost as long as I've had tumblr) and I've learnt so much. I really admire what you do, and every post is an education. I grew up in a very white town in the UK and stopped studying history when I was about 14 (I only remember doing Tudors, Victorians and Romans - no PoC mentioned), so your blog has really helped me learn to think differently. Thank you so much!
Thank you so, so much. The fact that anything I post has maybe made people a little more interested in history makes me happier than I can express.
Hey, just wanted to shoot you a quick message. I love what you do, this is one of my favorite blogs. What you do is important and valuable, thank you so much, I'm sorry you have to deal with jerks.
Honestly, the awesome people make this all worth it a hundred times over. And not only that, but I feel like *I* learn a lot from the discussions generated here, maybe more than anyone. It’s been such an amazing experience, and I have to thank you all for making it one.
god, that sucks. I sent you some cash for a muffin to go with the coffee. Please keep up the good work. I love your feed; you’ve made my brain happy, plus pointed me towards some excellent books. Thanks you.
Thank you, and I have to say it’s been more than paid forward with all the amazing submissions and recommendations for Fiction Week and the Books tag…my reading list will never be empty again, thanks to all of you!!!
I'm doing research on medieval India; I've already looked through your "India" tag, but I was wondering if you knew of any places where I could find more information. Thank you!
Well, your first problem is that this is a blog about Europe, so you probably want to look for books, articles, or artwork that’s from India.
Your second problem is, you haven’t specified why you’re doing the research/to what purpose, so it’s hard to say what resources would be useful to you even if you HAD asked a source who deals with India specifically rather than Europe.
India is big. Medieval India was never actually India, it was a lot of different states. The closest relevant time that it came to being conquered by one empire was in the 1690s, which are not medieval.
^ Yep. Thank you for taking second (and third) problem, it’s a bit of a busy morning for me.
It’s actually for a book I’m working on, and I had absolutely no clue where to get background information. I’m sorry about the confusion, but thank you for helping me with this even though it’s outside your guys’ specialty. I really appreciate it.
You’re welcome! It’s just difficult to come up with links or books without specific topics, time periods, or facets of culture like political intrigue, agriculture, or the arts, but those should get you started in whatever direction you’re going with it. Good luck. And if anyone wants to add info, feel free to in the notes.
I also wanted to mention that part of the reason I’m so annoyed is that people spamming my inbox like this causes it to malfunction, duplicating and/or deleting the messages and submissions in it, so people whose questions are actually, you know, adding something get left out, and that’s not fair to me, or them. :|
I enjoy being asked questions and I love answering them, but I do not enjoy being repeatedly badgered like an animal that owes you money. Speaking of which
Girl, do you have a donation button or something? I think you might enjoy that someone pay you a coffee or something nice like that… just for a change
Yes, I do on the main page, and it’s never less than gratefully appreciated. I definitely could use a coffee about now. My head’s splitting…
I’m sick and tired of dealing with this.
About three days ago, I posted a quoted passage from a book. Tumblr user qarnaim took some sort of issue with this passage, and demanded a lot of information about it that was already posted along with the quoted passage. I responded twice, and then closed the discussion.
Unfortunately, qarnaim’s feeling of entitlement to not only my time and energy, but all of yours as well, apparently does not end there because in the space of slightly less than three full days, I have received an additional 11 messages. For a total of 14 messages in less than 3 days.
They tell a fascinating story in which I am the evil genius who apparently knows everything but refuses to “tell the truth” to all of you; I am the brick wall standing between (apparently masses) of truth-seekers and his tutelage. I apparently know the “real” story, but I am actually a white supremacist (?) determined to call other people racists for “criticizing” my methods.
You may have noticed that in the three messages I published, nowhere do I call qarnaim a racist, but that apparently is beside the point. The point is seemingly that whoever is reading this, you owe him your attention and readership.
Far be it from me to stand between qarnaim and his apparent owed audience. If you have questions about whatever on earth this person is talking about, go ask qarnaim and leave me out of it. Plenty of people have pulled this before sending dozens of messages, creating threads and even entire blogs dedicated to “debunking” medievalpoc, and sometimes blossoming into full blown stalking and harassment. Certain people would rather get their kicks bothering other people than making something on their own.
To qarnaim: Stop. Sending. Messages. If you do not, I will report you for harassment. Enjoy the attention or whatever it is you’re hoping to get out of this. I. Am. Done.
To everyone else: I hope you (don’t) enjoy seeing things from my perspective for a change. I usually don’t bother to make a point of publishing people who behave this way, but I am beyond sick and tired of it, and I’m also sick and tired of this crap being parroted back at me for no reason. Feel free to join whatever quest it is that this person wants to go on, but I wash my hands of it. I’m a human being, not an organization, a team, an institution, or a complex program or script that created this somehow.
These messages are shown here in the order they were sent [FYI, colorful language follows].
Why does tumblr never talk about Pushkin? I see plenty of dubious “Beethoven was totally black guys” posts, but I never hear anything about what could possibly be Russia’s most influential writer, who was definitely black. I don’t just mean him possibly looking black - being black was a significant part of his identity. Why can’t tumblr talk some more about him? Is it because “Pushkin was black” doesn’t draw as many reblogs as “Beethoven was black”?
I don’t really know, but I like to think there’s room to talk about both, and more. I have several posts about Alexander Pushkin, if you or anyone else would like some resources, including these two portraits:
Any posts about him would also fall under “1800s Week” or “1800s” here.