The inaugural issue of Culture and History Digital Journal is out. Historians look back, and inward, at annual meeting. Does history cycle? Peter Turchin on how cycles in history are not clocks, but feedback loops — this is why you cannot expect strict periodicity. Adam Timmins reviews A History of History by Alun Munslow. Here’s an interesting question for historians: Why do ideologues never seem to be aware of their own ideology? William Anthony Hay reviews History in the Making by J.H. Elliott. Conservative college professors Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, authors of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, critique David Barton’s claims about Thomas Jefferson (and a response by Barton). Where have you gone, Gordon Wood? Michael D. Hattem wonders. Here are five ways history almost took a turn for the awful.