Histomat: Adventures in Historical Materialism

'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Luk√°cs

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Some Greatest 'Hits'

Recently I reached 500,000 'original hits' on Histomat, and as you might expect, accordingly I have been deluged with correspondence from far and wide congratulating me, and wondering if I might mark the historic occasion in any particular way. This blog has been going just over five years now, and so to have supposedly had 500,000 people read this blog in five years is well - a piddling 'achievement' in comparison with some of the best known left wing blogs, but still noteworthy in a sense. In previous junctures such as this, I have done top 'ten lists' about various things, so I figured a top ten list of some of my favourite posts ever - my 'greatest hits' as it were - might be appropriate. Okay, then here we go:

10. Book Review: Adventures in Marxism by Marshall Berman - see also here
9.Dead Queen Watch: Queen Elizabeth I
8. Anyone for England? Cricket, New Labour and the Ashes of Empire see also here
7. Book Review: Reflections on the Marxist Theory of History by Paul Blackledge - see also here
6. Blogging: New Commentariat or New Grub Street?
5. Book Review: A People's History of the British Empire by John Newsinger
4. The Romantic Anticapitalism of Iron Maiden
3. From Hegemony to Hot Fuzz: The 'Marxism' of Simon Pegg
2. Book Review: The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker
1. This Battle of Trafalgar Nonsense

However, I would have also like to have included for example my takes on Gosford Park, Phil Woolas, Marxism and Religion, the 'white working class', Oliver Kamm and the Euston Manifesto Tristram Hunt, the '7/7 bombings in London', Niall Ferguson, and The Decline and Fall of the English Murder but I guess one has to stop somewhere. Anyway, that gives people bored enough to visit here something to read - and if you think I have missed something out then please feel free to let us know. Cheers.

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3 Comments:

At 9:01 am, Blogger Resolute Reader said...

Many socialist congratulations on the milestone.

 
At 11:38 am, Anonymous Marcus Rediker said...

Congratulations on the milestone! I might add, the review of "The Slave Ship" is one of the very best I have read.

In solidarity,
Marcus Rediker

 
At 2:45 pm, Blogger Snowball said...

Cheers for the thanks people - and in particular to Marcus for his very kind and overly generous words. I should have also earlier thanked people who have commented over the years - and apologise to those who left comments but to which for pressures of time I never got back to (usually because they made excellent points to which I agreed with, and had little more to say)...

 

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