I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to discover the wonderful site, googlefight.com. While I have no idea why it was developed or what other people do with it, I’ve put it to use resolving some longstanding historiographical debates. So, fight fans, here are three great historical smackdowns brought to you live and conclusively by googlefight. Bring it!
1. The ‘gentry controversy’: Hugh Trevor-Roper and Lawrence Stone disagreed over the role of the gentry in relation to the causes of the English Civil War. Whatever. In a googlefight, Lawrence Stone has the clear upper hand.
2. Russian history book reviews controversy: Orlando Figes apparently wrote some nasty book reviews on amazon about Bob Service’s books. And blamed these on his wife. But who cares ‘cos on googlefight, it’s Service that lands the punches.
3. The ‘Mfecane debate’: This debate between Julian Cobbing and Elizabeth Eldredge over the causes of the Mfecane conflict in nineteenth century Southern Africa divided African historians. However, in a googlefight things were decided conclusively in Edgredge’s favour.