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Crossing the River Magra in the “land of broken bridges”: risk in early nineteenth-century travel narratives (2019)
Journal Article
Balzaretti, R. (2019). Crossing the River Magra in the “land of broken bridges”: risk in early nineteenth-century travel narratives. Journal of Risk Research, doi:10.1080/13669877.2019.1569101

On the 25 October 2011 the River Magra in the far east of the Italian region of Liguria flooded with catastrophic effects, killing thirteen people and causing millions of euros in damage. Managing such an extreme episode is very hard, as local policy... Read More

'That rather sinful city of London': the coal miner, the city and the country in the British cultural imagination c. 1969-2014 (2019)
Journal Article
Arnold, J. (in press). 'That rather sinful city of London': the coal miner, the city and the country in the British cultural imagination c. 1969-2014. Urban History,

The article proceeds from the observation that in the contemporary British cultural imagination, the figure of the coal miner tends to be presented as the embodiment of anti-urban and organicist qualities that in continental Europe are more commonly... Read More

Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story (2019)
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Umbach, M., & Sulzener, S. (in press). Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story. Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-00784-3

Between the 1933 Nazi seizure of power and their 1941 prohibition on all Jewish emigration, around 90,000 German Jews moved to the United States. Using the texts and images from a personal archive, this book explores how these refugees made sense of... Read More

The general court of the Agenais revisited: an innovation of the Albigensian Crusade (2018)
Journal Article
Taylor, C. (2018). The general court of the Agenais revisited: an innovation of the Albigensian Crusade. Nottingham Medieval Studies, 62, 61-82. doi:10.1484/J.NMS.5.116550

The general court of the Agenais is an example of the diverse forms of semi-autonomous regional assemblies which emerged in the high-medieval Languedoc. They were identified and examined most convincingly by Thomas Bisson. However, the origins of the... Read More

Emotions and the British government’s decision for war in 1914 (2018)
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Young, J. W. (2018). Emotions and the British government’s decision for war in 1914. Diplomacy and Statecraft, 29(4), 543-564. doi:10.1080/09592296.2018.1528778

Recent years have witnessed increasing interest among international historians in the impact of emotions on foreign policy decisions, as part of a broader movement usually known as the ‘emotional turn.’ This is associated with findings, from the fiel... Read More

"The Penguins are coming": brand mascots and utopian mass consumption in interwar Britain (2018)
Journal Article
Hornsey, R. (2018). "The Penguins are coming": brand mascots and utopian mass consumption in interwar Britain. Journal of British Studies, 57(4), 812-839. doi:10.1017/jbr.2018.116

This article explores the cultural dynamics of branding and mass consumption in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. It focuses on Penguin Books’ cartoon mascot, which appeared on all of the firm's paperback covers and in-store promotional material fr... Read More

‘...but have you read this?’: dialogicity in Robert Thornton’sHoly name devotions (2018)
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Lutton, R. (2018). ‘...but have you read this?’: dialogicity in Robert Thornton’sHoly name devotions. English, 67(257), doi:10.1093/english/efy021

This article examines a particular set of texts in an early fifteenth-century religious anthology composed by the Yorkshire gentleman Robert Thornton. Together with other religious prose and verse, Thornton copied a number of Middle English and Latin... Read More

The Pentrich Rebellion – a Nottingham affair? (2018)
Journal Article
Gaunt, R. A. (2018). The Pentrich Rebellion – a Nottingham affair?. Midland History, 43(2), 208-228. doi:10.1080/0047729X.2018.1522464

This article re-considers Nottingham’s role in the events immediately preceding the Pentrich Rebellion of 9-10 June 1817, as well as its reaction on the night of the Rebellion and during its aftermath. It does so in light of two continuing areas of h... Read More

Art and landscape history: British artists in nineteenth-century Val d’Aosta (NW Italy) (2018)
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Piana, P., Watkins, C., & Balzaretti, R. (2018). Art and landscape history: British artists in nineteenth-century Val d’Aosta (NW Italy). Landscape History, 39(2), 91-108. doi:10.1080/01433768.2018.1534460

This paper explores the value of landscape and topographical art for understanding contemporary landscapes of the Val d’Aosta, NW Italy. The region became very popular with British tourists in the early nineteenth-century and several amateur and prof... Read More

'Our expectations were perhaps too high': disarmament, citizen activism, and the 1907 Hague Peace Conference (2018)
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HUCKER, D. (2019). 'Our expectations were perhaps too high': disarmament, citizen activism, and the 1907 Hague Peace Conference. Peace and Change, 44(1), 5-32. doi:10.1111/pech.12322

Historical assessments of the 1907 Hague Peace Conference, like its 1899 predecessor, are usually framed in verdicts of success or failure. Although some specialist accounts rightly portray the Hague meetings as both successful and important, most an... Read More

Travel, modernity and rural landscapes in nineteenth-century Liguria (2018)
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Piana, P., Watkins, C., & Balzaretti, R. (2018). Travel, modernity and rural landscapes in nineteenth-century Liguria. Rural History, 29(2), 167-193. doi:10.1017/S0956793318000079

New roads and later railways were essential for the modernisation and rapid economic development of North-western Italy in the early nineteenth century. The new routes also encouraged an increasing number of foreign travellers to visit the region. Th... Read More

‘Sunt quadraginta anni vel circa’: Southern French Waldensians and the Albigensian crusade (2018)
Journal Article
Taylor, C. (2018). ‘Sunt quadraginta anni vel circa’: Southern French Waldensians and the Albigensian crusade. French History, 32(3), (327-349). doi:10.1093/fh/cry065. ISSN 0269-1191

This paper contributes new evidence and a new perspective to the study of the religious heresy known as Waldensianism in the high-medieval Languedoc, and its relationship to both orthodox authority and the ‘Cathar’ heresy. Although they were outlawed... Read More

Visions of colonial Nairobi: William Simpson, health, segregation and the problems of ordering a plural society, 1907-1921 (2018)
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Greenwood, A., & Topiwala, H. (2018). Visions of colonial Nairobi: William Simpson, health, segregation and the problems of ordering a plural society, 1907-1921. Social History of Medicine, doi:10.1093/shm/hky060. ISSN 0951-631X

The 1915 Simpson Report made public health recommendations for Nairobi that were heralded as ground-breaking. Of particular interest to the colonial authorities was Professor Simpson’s suggestion to racially segregate Nairobi to prevent diseases said... Read More

Italy and early medieval Europe: papers for Chris Wickham (2018)
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R. Balzaretti, J. Barrow, & P. Skinner (Eds.), (2018). Italy and early medieval Europe: papers for Chris Wickham

This volume represents a comprehensive survey of recent work in medieval Italian history and archaeology by an international cast of contributors, arranged within a broader context of studies of other regions and major historical transitions in Europ... Read More

Apocalypse and reform in Bede's De die iudicii (2018)
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Darby, P. (2018). Apocalypse and reform in Bede's De die iudicii. In M. Gabriele, & J. T. Palmer (Eds.), Apocalypse and reform from late antiquity to the Middle Ages, 77-100. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)