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    American exceptionalism, economic myths, Federalism, World History, intellectual history, culture of empire
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  1. Forgot about the wild gangs of turkeys roaming the streets and the black widows crawling about at night.
  2. Rarely are they the primary advisor, but they do usually serve on dissertation and comps committees. The chances of you getting accepted into a grad program with an assistant professor listed as your person of interest is not very good, as they no seniority in the department. I've been told even applying to work with associate professors can be iffy for departments with larger pools of applicants.
  3. Considering that agriculture accounts for 80% of California's water consumption, the most significant impact of the drought will be higher fruit, vegetable, and nut prices, which, when you consider that California grows most of the food that people in the US eat (most other ag states grow food for feed), means that the impact of the drought will effect pretty much effect everyone in the United States who consumes produce. Although it will also mean more wildfires, but except for Santa Cruz, I'm not sure how many of California's research universities are located in fire-prone areas.
  4. spellbanisher

    Davis, CA

    I know several grad students who live in Sacramento with their families, so I think it is doable. You might also consider Woodland, which is also a lot cheaper than Davis, and the traffic on 113 is probably much better than I-80.
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    Davis, CA

  6. It is the decisions thread in the same way the Americas is Indian land. And hating is a critical tool in the historians toolkit. That and writing ridiculously complimentary dust jacket blurbs.
  7. What is this doing in a thread about languages?
  8. I don't know who said that, but sounds like how a scientist would characterize a historian's criticisms of guns, germs, and steel, although maybe I could imagine a cultural historian saying that if he was pressed for time. But environmental history is a big part of the discipline, and many, including luminaries such as Donald Worster, argue that culture is an adaptation to nature. The criticism of GG&S, as far as I know, come in three veins. One, geographical determinism obscures the consequences of human decisions. From this perspective, every shitty thing that has ever happened
  9. I developed it all by myself.
  10. Anyone can be a historian, but some are more historian than others.
  11. But seriously, pick the school with the beach. If your gonna be poor, you might as well get a tan.
  12. I prefer modern, scientific, technological methods, like the magic eight ball.
  13. Not a fan of coffee, but I love coffee flavored foods. All alcoholic beverages taste like piss to me (or at least how I assume piss tastes). Weaker alcoholic beverages, like cider, don't taste completely horrible, like a delicious cheese cake with a smidgen of dog shit in it.
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