Author Archives: Daniel Clinkman

About Daniel Clinkman

I recently completed my PhD in History at the University of Edinburgh. My academic interest is in the transition from feudalism to liberalism in early modern Britain and its empire. My non-academic interests include public policy, political thought, international politics, social institutions, and travel. I grew up near Boston before attending the American University in Washington, DC. I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow me @dclinkman on Twitter.

What would the UK parliament look like under Holyrood rules?

I am avidly following the election campaign currently underway in Britain. My last posts on this blog were at the time of the Scottish referendum last year, and it has been fascinating to watch the consequences of that vote play … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Bargaining Chips

The late weeks of the Scottish independence campaign have featured threats and warnings against Scotland that its economy will be in dire trouble if it secedes from the UK. One of the assumptions behind these threats and warnings is that … Continue reading

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Scottish Independence

I was very happy that The Atlantic‘s James Fallows reprinted a letter of mine concerning the swiftly approaching vote on Scottish independence. You can read my take on the issue at The Atlantic here and the responses to it here.

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How to Teach the American Civil War

Last night I finished reading Dudley Taylor Cornish’s The Sable Arm: Black Troops in the Union Army, 1861-1865, a history of the United States Colored Troops (USCT), and it has dramatically changed my view on how to teach the American Civil … Continue reading

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What’s the Point of the Declaration of Independence?

Happy July 4th, everyone. There was a little item in the New York Times yesterday, about whether or not a mark in the Declaration of Independence is a period or an ink smudge, and what that means. Why is this important? … Continue reading

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Book review: Jack Greene’s “Confronting Colonialism and Evaluating Empire”

It’s been a while since my last post on this blog, but I’ve been busy with some other projects that should see the light of day over the course of 2014. One thing that I can reveal is my latest … Continue reading

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Starting Your PhD – Using and Choosing Your Software: Reference Management

Part 2 of a 2-part series on academic software: Reference Management Reference management software is a program that offers some combination of note taking and bibliography building. For Mac, I use Third Street Software’s Sente. For PC as well as … Continue reading

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