A Blast From The Past – Mike Dash

by Frobisher

Hanging around r/foodforthought on reddit late yesternight, found a brilliantly written history blog. Started on a post on white slave market in medieval Crimea, spend the next hour reading about Friedrich Engels’ Irish muse followed by Islam’s medieval underworld and others seemingly insignificant but rather very interesting entries.
The posts are long, but read very well. Searched for the blog today and was not surprised to find that it comes highly acclaimed and loved. The author is Mike Dash, ” a Welsh writer, historian and researcher. He is best known for books and articles dealing with dramatic yet little-known episodes in history.”

He has “enjoyed an eclectic career as a journalist, magazine publisher, educationalist and author, in the course of which I’ve written five (and counting) heavily-researched popular histories: Tulipomania, Batavia’s Graveyard, Thug, Satan’s Circus and The First Family – if you really want the full story, go here.”

On the about page, it is mentioned that already the blog ‘runs to the length of two full-size books’. Great. Sleepless nights will be better spent.