History Republic: 2013 Year in Review

Hi everyone! As our first year, the staff and I are incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made as a site.  Now that 2013 is coming to an end, however, I only thought it proper that we have a bit of a year end recount to look at our accomplishments this year.  We started off with a vision in mind. It’s not a hard vision to sum up at all: a popular history site that makes history fun and interesting again. After all, why not? History, compared to other disciplines, can be turned so exciting and dramatic – why does it have to be boring?

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Recognition

I think that we’ve been getting closer and closer to fulfilling our vision since Day 1 of starting the site. Sean Munger, author of Zombies of Byzantium  and the man behind the popular Twitter feed @CryForByzantium, gave us the award “Most Enthusiastic History Blog”, stating:

Nine guys who are determined to bring you history with the boring parts cut out comprise History Republic, a blog so enthusiastic about telling cool stories about the past that you just have to admire their gusto and their dedication. History Republic covers all sorts of topics with an emphasis on entertaining, easy-to-read stories, a very polished and eye-friendly presentation, and no pretensions at all. Here you can find a perp walk of candidates for being the “last” Roman Emperoran analysis of the rise of post-WWII Japana special report on the newest heir to the British throne, and a lengthy series on the French Revolution chock full of guillotines and people in white wigs shouting “Vive le France!” Don’t we all wish history was always like this?

I think that’s a very apt description of who we are and what we do. If we wish to make everyone enthusiastic about history, how can we not be incredibly enthusiastic about it ourselves? This was not the only recognition we got, however. In addition, we were also featured on October’s History Carnival.

Site Statistics

Our site statics were also rather admirable.

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Nearing in to 6000 views. 

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Monthly growth.

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An international readership. 

The Year’s Posts

Statistics say nothing about a site, however. What’s important is the content. I’d like take a moment to recount some of the posts we had this year:

Bipartisanship and The Largest Group of American’ts since the Civil War

Barbarian Bodyguards: the Varangian Guard of Byzantium 

The Deity ‘Pepsi Challenge’: King Clovis and His Gods

Thunder of the East: Chinese Gunpowder

The Future British Monarch

The Rise of the Tudors

The American Modernization: Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Courageous Charge of the Light Brigade

Who’s Really the Last Roman Emperor?

More Last Roman Emperors

Anarkali- The Legendary Slave Girl: The Story

Anarkali- The Legendary Slave Girl- Skepticism  

The Process of Japan’s Independence

In addition, we had two ongoing series:

The Mughals: Conquerors of India

The French Turmoil: Vive La France!

Thank you.

Thank you to all the readers who continually support us with comments, feedback and promotions- we appreciate all of it. This year has been very successful for us and I’m sure that we will continue to work towards our vision of becoming THE popular history site that turns history from being a boring nightmare into an exciting narrative. We have a lot of good stuff planned – the final pieces to our riveting series on the French Revolution, followed by an epic tale of the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage, then a series on the Industrial Revolution that changed the world – I’m truly excited to see what will come next.

As always- thank you and happy new year.

Ken

History Republic Director

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