Hello all!!

Thank you for stumbling upon this real live working blog!  Here at “What’s the Deal?” we work hard every week to produce an enigmatic, well written, engaging, and topical blog post that any reader will enjoy!

Blog posts discuss current events that you and I see in the news every day; but instead of injecting an opinion on the event or person, “What’s the Deal?” attempts to explain the event through a historical perspective of the country, people, or culture that is involved.

Most entries contain a conclusion, but mainly try to guide the reader through bold faced typed central points that help us wrap our heads around the subject.

What I do not attempt to do with this blog is perform new historical research.  I am not doing new primary research that adds to the historical body of knowledge.  Instead, I am connecting current events to a country/culture’s history using widely accepted historical knowledge.

Mainly my desire to start this blog was to simply continue my history writing after undergrad (there are no entry level historian positions unfortunately; or if there are please tell me!)  It’s a lot of fun and its great to mix in some terrible puns and funny captions of serious pictures.

Well, I hope you enjoy the blog, and feel free to comment about my writing, or share the subject with others!

Thanks and keep living the dream!

Your Faithful Historian,

Eric G. Prileson


4 Responses to About

  1. Eric, I *love* this site! I teach HS world history and will be sharing with my students. Thinking it would be fantastic for my students to write posts like yours. Your format with the conclusion and bold-faced key points is brilliant! Thank you!

  2. Natalie says:

    What do you do for a living? It would be helpful to know a little bit more about you (i.e.; educational background, where you are based, what international experience you have) before I go taking these posts word for word. Where do you get your information?

    • eprileson says:

      Hi Natalie,

      I currently work as a researcher in public policy, but have done part time research for a historian and biographer as well. I have a bachelor’s degree in history from Northeastern University in Boston, where I currently reside.

      Now, regarding your effort of using my posts as a source. I would recommend that you not use my posts as any sort of source for historical information. I use historical research from others, both in academics, private efforts, and government. The point of my blog is to analyze a current event using well documented historical research from others, (not to use any of my own historical research) and give readers a better understanding of the issue.

      So, if you are keen on reading my blog as a primer or perspective for the current event for your own background knowledge, then that is fine for you to do. But, if you want to copy directly from the historical section, I would recommend against that and instead suggest going to the secondary sources that I use for the posts. I list all my sources (with links) at the end of each of my posts.

      Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

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