Artillery shells, the oldest known murder, Dracula, and more Mad Men.

Here’s more on Japan’s continued denial of WWII atrocities. This essay by a chinese history professor argues that this is a product of conservatives in the country and that their efforts are only hurting Japan.

Over on Civil War Memory, Kevin Levin blogs about the National Park Service’s commitment to interpret more than just battles at their battlefield parks. It was a controversial decision when they decided to do it over 15 years ago, but they’ve done well and have not strayed off the path. The sesquicentennial has proven that.

A live Civil War artillery shell was found near the Prairie Grove State Battlefield, and yesterday it was appropriately destroyed by experts. Despite this being the common practice in these situations, at least one of the park’s historians is angry about it. In case you think he has a point, just read this from Mark Hunter’s blog.

And speaking of digging things up, scientists have uncovered the earliest known evidence of a murder in human history, according to a new paper.

And speaking of historical killers, this week is the anniversary of the publication of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Here is a good short bio of him and an historical analysis of the book’s themes from folklore, gender, and Victorian perspectives.

And lastly, the ending of Man Men has brought is several essays putting the show’s historical setting into perspective. This one today at We’re History focuses on the show’s women.

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