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Bob Whitaker is a history PhD from Austin, Texas. He is the creator of the video series History Respawned, which features professional historians discussing historical video games. You can follow Bob on twitter @whitakeralmanac.


Expert Blogs

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:33:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians John Harney and Michael Woods discuss Ultimate General: Gettysburg and the history of the Civil War. Topics include war as an object for pop culture and the controversial use of the Confederate flag.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:07:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians John Harney and Tonio Andrade talk about Civilization VI and how the game (and series as whole) reflects broader issues when discussing history.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:18:00 EST in Console/PC, Serious
Historians Bob Whitaker and Chris Kempshall discuss Battlefield 1. Topics include the controversy over the game's depiction of the war, the problems with depicting the First World War in games more generally,and the reality of trench warfare.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Thu, 27 Oct 2016 01:29:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historian Bob Whitaker uses the work of Professor Leonard Moore to discuss the history behind Mafia III. Topics include New Orleans in the 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement, Mark Essex, the Black Panther Party, and the Cold War.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:44:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Historians discuss BioShock. Topics include the historical context of objectivism, business leaders in American politics, and how objectivism relates to other strains of American intellectual thought and political culture.

Posted by Bob Whitaker on Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:36:00 EDT in Console/PC, Serious
Bob talks with Professor William Deverell about L.A. Noire. Topics include the postwar boom, the history of the LAPD, and race and ethnic relations in Los Angeles.

Bob Whitaker's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 03/02/2015 - 05:26]

Fair enough, but libraries are ...

Fair enough, but libraries are pretty awesome and most of the really interesting historical research is kept off of google scholar. That 's less of a problem for the early modern period, which is the setting for this game, but certainly, if you are doing something post 17th century, a ...

Comment In: [Blog - 01/14/2014 - 08:04]

Game 's didn 't teach ...

Game 's didn 't teach me history, but they did inspire me to learn it. This is a great point. I think some instructors get a bit too hung up on the historical inaccuracies of a game, book, or movie. I tend to think anything that encourages the student to ...