Mea maxima culpa. Due to a regrettable lack of focus on bloggerly things, I’ve let my carnival friends down. First, I never congratulated Roy Berman on a wonderful September AHC. If you haven’t read it yet, you should: he did a great job of rounding up and presenting the material, and it could well inspire you to …. submit to the upcoming carnival: That’s right, the next AHC is just days away (two days, to be exact), so get your nominations for your best work over the last month to Nathanael Robinson, Quickly!
While you’re considering what of your recent blogging is good you might also consider taking a look at the September Carnival of Bad History, and if you think any of your blogging is worthy, send it in to that one, which is also coming up shortly. If you’ve got history blogging which is more Early Modern (actually, they still need a host for October, which I can tell you, is really fun), or just plain ol’ Historical (Jeremy Boggs is hosting this weekend’s edition of the grand HC, and I have very high expectations), you’ve got plenty of outlets.
Finally, a rare political plug: American Historical Association Members needed for free speech resolution
In other news
WWII, of course: The last barracks in New Jersey where Japanese Americans were interned has been demolished to make way townhouse developments. Why were they in NJ, I hear you ask? They were working in a food processing plant, which was actually a welcome change for some after the boredom of the other camps, but they were still isolated and not free. Obviously, there are shades of good and evil: new revelations of Japanese medical experimentation on POWs. New PM Abe dances around the Yasukuni question..
Everyone’s been talking about how Nationalist PM Abe is, or is going to be, etc. His views on the Yoshida Doctrine era suggest he’s …. well, actually, I think he sounds like a pretty mainstream Republican most of the time, which does represent something of a change from the 60s and 70s, but not so much from the last twenty years.
Japanese corporations dominate the list of economic entities as big as countries. Though, to be really accurate, the GDPs of the US and Japan should be reduced by the amounts credited to the various corporations….
Finally, Iva Toguri d’Aquino, infamously tagged with the “Tokyo Rose” label, passed away. Here’s a short roundup of some of the best commentary I’ve seen