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The scale of two cities: the geographies of Paris and London in the 1720s (2024)
Journal Article
Heffernan, M. (2024). The scale of two cities: the geographies of Paris and London in the 1720s. Notes and Records of the Royal Society, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsnr.2023.0073

This essay considers an early eighteenth-century quarrel about the geographical dimensions of Paris and London. The dispute involved representatives of the Académie Royale des Sciences in Paris and the Royal Society in London. The three participants—... Read More about The scale of two cities: the geographies of Paris and London in the 1720s.

Economics and the Cult of Death in Late Medieval England: The Guild of St. George in Nottingham, 1459-1546 (2024)
Journal Article
Goddard, R., & Smalley, G. (2024). Economics and the Cult of Death in Late Medieval England: The Guild of St. George in Nottingham, 1459-1546. Midland History, https://doi.org/10.1080/0047729x.2023.2299035

This paper examines the decline of the fraternity of St. George in Nottingham between 1459 and 1546. It uses the guild’s accounts in conjunction with Nottingham’s rich surviving documentary materials to investigate the financial management of the fra... Read More about Economics and the Cult of Death in Late Medieval England: The Guild of St. George in Nottingham, 1459-1546.

Waiting to Die? Old Age in the Late Imperial Russian Village (2023)
Journal Article
Badcock, S. (2023). Waiting to Die? Old Age in the Late Imperial Russian Village. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1017/S008044012300021X

This article seeks to contribute to our understandings of old age in historical context through its focus on the experiences of and perceptions about older people in late Imperial Russian villages. Elderly people feature as an integral part of Russia... Read More about Waiting to Die? Old Age in the Late Imperial Russian Village.

Teaching with images: opportunities and pitfalls for Holocaust education (2023)
Journal Article
Umbach, M., & Mills, G. (2024). Teaching with images: opportunities and pitfalls for Holocaust education. Holocaust Studies, 30(1), 47-65. https://doi.org/10.1080/17504902.2023.2249296

Based on a sample of the most commonly used textbooks and online teaching resources, we find that photos play a central but deeply problematic role in Holocaust education in the UK. The impact of photos on a generation of ‘primarily visual learners’... Read More about Teaching with images: opportunities and pitfalls for Holocaust education.

Blackness, whiteness and bodily degeneration in British women’s letters from India (2023)
Book Chapter
Gust, O. (2023). Blackness, whiteness and bodily degeneration in British women’s letters from India. In S. Goldsmith, S. Haggerty, & K. Harvey (Eds.), Letters and the Body, 1700–1830: Writing and Embodiment (122-142). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003027256

This essay focuses on ideas of the body in the published and unpublished letters of four British women – Jane Smart, Jemima Kindersley, Eliza Fay and Catherine Mackintosh – who wrote from India between 1742 and 1812. Situating these elite, British wo... Read More about Blackness, whiteness and bodily degeneration in British women’s letters from India.

The Sporting Paper and the Culture of Popular Conservatism in Edwardian Britain (2023)
Journal Article
Cocks, H. (in press). The Sporting Paper and the Culture of Popular Conservatism in Edwardian Britain. Parliamentary History,

Late-Victorian and Edwardian Popular Conservatism is now mainly seen as a cultural-ideological form, and this article aims to reconstruct one aspect of this ethos by focusing on the use of sport, especially horse racing, as a means of political diffe... Read More about The Sporting Paper and the Culture of Popular Conservatism in Edwardian Britain.

Lower-Class Reading in Late Imperial Russia (2023)
Journal Article
Badcock, S., & Cowan, F. (2023). Lower-Class Reading in Late Imperial Russia. Russian Review, 82(4), 649-667. https://doi.org/10.1111/russ.12497

This article demonstrates widespread engagement of lower-class people with the written word in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian Empire, in rural and urban locales, in homes, workplaces, and social spaces. We explore how lower-c... Read More about Lower-Class Reading in Late Imperial Russia.

Demonic Surrealism in Bucharest: Revolutionary Nihilism in the Writings and Objects of Gherasim Luca, 1939-1945 (2023)
Journal Article
Atkin, W. (2023). Demonic Surrealism in Bucharest: Revolutionary Nihilism in the Writings and Objects of Gherasim Luca, 1939-1945. Dada/Surrealism, 24(1), 1-31. https://doi.org/10.17077/0084-9537.31902

This article explores the wartime works of Gherasim Luca and the Romanian surrealists during the 1940s, and considers how surrealist discourse was idiosyncratically reconfigured around the central themes of demons and black magic. Hermetically sealed... Read More about Demonic Surrealism in Bucharest: Revolutionary Nihilism in the Writings and Objects of Gherasim Luca, 1939-1945.

Le Jeu du monde: Games, Maps, and World Conquest in Early Modern France (2022)
Book Chapter
Chang, T. (2022). Le Jeu du monde: Games, Maps, and World Conquest in Early Modern France. In A. Vanhaelen, & B. Wilson (Eds.), Making Worlds: Global Invention in the Early Modern Period, edited by Bronwen Wilson and Angela Vanhaelen (201-236). Toronto and Los Angeles: University of Toronto Press and UCLA Clark Memorial Library series

Women’s Activism in the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1986-1994 (2022)
Journal Article
Law, K. (2023). Women’s Activism in the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1986-1994. Historical Journal, 66(1), 258-279. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0018246X22000310

Laying the groundwork for a new way to think through the history of British anti-apartheid activity, this article examines the liminal space between anti-racist and feminist activity through a case study of Leeds Women Against Apartheid. Founded in 1... Read More about Women’s Activism in the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, 1986-1994.

The Life of Contract Capitalism and the Building of the Colonial Railway (2022)
Book Chapter
Kumar, A. (2022). The Life of Contract Capitalism and the Building of the Colonial Railway. In G. Cederlöf (Ed.), The Imperial Underbelly: Workers, Contractors, and Entrepreneurs in Colonial India and Scandinavia (26-55). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003317227-2

Capitalism thrives on contracts. From recruiting workers and employees to transacting everyday business and selling commodities, the contract ideology is the absolute necessity for capitalism to function. Contracts are to ensure a regime of secure, l... Read More about The Life of Contract Capitalism and the Building of the Colonial Railway.

Legal custom & Lex Castrensis?: using law and literature to navigate the North-Sea neighbourhood in the late Viking Age (2021)
Book Chapter
Ruiter, K. (2021). Legal custom & Lex Castrensis?: using law and literature to navigate the North-Sea neighbourhood in the late Viking Age. In D. H. Steinforth, & C. C. Rozier (Eds.), Britain and its neighbours: cultural contacts and exchanges in Medieval and early modern Europe. London: Routledge

In his Lex Castrensis, the thirteenth-century Danish writer Sven Aggesen tells the story of the creation of a law that he attributes to Knútr inn ríki (Cnut the Great) as a means of governing his substantial military following of retainers, known as... Read More about Legal custom & Lex Castrensis?: using law and literature to navigate the North-Sea neighbourhood in the late Viking Age.

The Students: Foregrounding Difference (2021)
Book Chapter
Gust, O. (2021). The Students: Foregrounding Difference. In Teaching History for the Contemporary World: Tensions, Challenges and Classroom Experiences in Higher Education (43-55). Singapore: Springer

This chapter discusses ways of creating history classrooms and courses that are accessible to students who are minoritised by society, whether as a result of their heritage, gender, sexuality or class background, as well as those who face physical, e... Read More about The Students: Foregrounding Difference.

The Interconnected Histories of the Syriac Churches in the Sixteenth Century (2021)
Journal Article
Parker, L. (2021). The Interconnected Histories of the Syriac Churches in the Sixteenth Century. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 72(3), 509-532. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022046920001505

Due to their different doctrinal positions, the various Syriac-using Churches of the Middle East have generally been understood as rivals to each other, with separate histories that can be studied in isolation. This article argues that doctrinal diff... Read More about The Interconnected Histories of the Syriac Churches in the Sixteenth Century.

Penguin Books and Political Change: Britain's Meritocratic Moment, 1937-1988 (2020)
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Blackburn, D. (2020). Penguin Books and Political Change: Britain's Meritocratic Moment, 1937-1988. Manchester University Press

Founded in 1935 by a young publisher disillusioned with the class prejudices of the interwar publishing trade, Penguin Books set out to make good books available to all. The 'Penguin Specials', a series of current affairs books authored by leading in... Read More about Penguin Books and Political Change: Britain's Meritocratic Moment, 1937-1988.