submitted by Robert Kebric
Professor Robert Kebric’s standard work on Greek History entitled Greek People was translated into Chinese and published in Beijing in March, 2013. The publication was featured on the front page of Douban, China’s most prominent website for intellectuals. The first printing of 5,000 copes sold out in a few weeks, requiring a second printing. The translation of the companion volume, Roman People, is due by the end of the year and is expected to be equally popular.
Kebric also hopes to finish soon a work about a remarkable 19th century woman, Phillis Goggs Seal, who became known as the “Whaling Woman of Hobart Town,” and at one time owned the largest whaling fleet in Australia. The epic scope of the project relates not only to Australian/Tasmanian and English History, but also to Women’s History, Pacific Whaling, Business History, Transportation History, and Brazilian History. Her life as a pioneer in helping establish with her husband, Charles, the infrastructure for modern Australia has been all but forgotten. Her path connects to England’s first prime minister; Horatio Lord Nelson; Emperor Dom Pedro of Brazil; Australia’s first major contact with Japan; and to the novels of Charles Dickens. After her husband’s death, she and her sons would establish the family as one of the leaders in the Victorian gold rush at Ballarat, where she would die in 1877. The story is a virtual mini-series.
Kebric is also writing in cooperation with Tom Ecker (one of the founders), the first major history of the Mason–Dixon Games, which put Kentucky on the athletic map in the early sixties with one of the premiere Indoor Track and Field Meets in the world—a distinction for the State that will finally receive its proper recognition.