Formerly known as W.U Hstry, as of 2020 our blog took a new direction. We had been running since 2010 and a lot can change in a decade. Not only has our team changed, but also our styles, interests, and overall direction. So, it was time for a change: Nu History was born. A lot of the content originally published under our previous domain is still available here, but there were piece that simply didn’t make the cut, so if you can’t find something anymore, that would be the reason.
The name Nu History came from a sincere attempt to not just renovate our writing efforts but our vision. The “nu” borrows much from other cultural trends that have undergone revivals and revisions in the first two decades of the 21st century. Inspired by popular culture, music, and previous new waves of history, we decided that the concept of “nu” (like new but edgy I guess) represented what our current focus is. We are leaving the little academic formalities behind, as well as any reverence or allegiance to our respective home institutions and universities to represent ourselves and our love for history and the humanities in a fresh, non-apologetic way.
We have also taken this opportunity to launch our new podcast series – Nu History Podcast. The podcast is hosted by Lilly, our founder and chief contributor, as well as Alex, who has been a key pillar of the team since 2013. We will also be joined by James who is a Roman scholar and reenactor new to the team, and other guests covering different periods and aspects of history, culture, and the humanities.
THE NU HISTORY TEAM
Lillian C.G: I am Lilly – Actually Dr Lillian Cespedes Gonzalez now! – and I came up with the idea of a history blog in 2010. I really wanted to write about history, but about what I liked or what we didn’t cover in class. So, I gathered some fellow students and started this little project. I am technically a cultural historian, with a focus on the Viking Age, and art! But I like knowing bits and pieces from all over history and the world, so often you will find me blogging about whatever I can think of . My vision for Nu History was to keep bringing obscure things to the table but also revisiting known topics with fresh eyes, which I believe has always been at the core of what we do here. We dare to think and research outside the box and our passion for knowledge is insatiable.
Alex Popović: Hello readers, I’m Alex. You’ll mostly see me writing about Viking history on this blog, as Early Medieval is my favourite period. I also enjoy looking at different forms of warfare and weaponry throughout history. I’ve been told this makes me a warfare specialist, but I still write about many other things when something takes my interest 🙂
answerellie: I am a Winchester graduate of 2016. My interests cover English and European medieval and Renaissance history covering 1100 to 1600, and my undergraduate dissertation covered King John’s Anglo-Welsh social and political alliance. I occasionally stray into the modern twentieth century but tend to focus on Medieval/Renaissance social and cultural history particularly queenship.
lauraljpotter: Hi I’m Laura, I’m a Winchester graduate of 2016 and have a Masters in Library Science but I still love my history! I contribute when I can on all manner of subjects, but my main loves are on gender and social history.
Samantha: Before I joined wuhstry in 2014, I thought I knew what history I enjoyed writing about. I was always fascinated by Military History as a child, I thought that would continue well into my university studies. However, since studying for my undergraduate degree in History, I have become interested in many more aspects of history. These topics include Migration, Religion, Gender and Culture. I still like Military History, but I tend to write about a variety of periods and or topics now.