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The Historical Presidency: “An ethnic presence in the White House?” Ethnicity, identity politics, and the presidency in the 1970s (2019)
Journal Article
Merton, J. (2019). The Historical Presidency: “An ethnic presence in the White House?” Ethnicity, identity politics, and the presidency in the 1970s. Presidential Studies Quarterly, doi:10.1111/psq.12580

This paper excavates the relationship between the presidency and an emergent white, European ‘ethnic’ identity politics during the 1970s. Rather than a response to cultural drift or backlash politics, presidential efforts to harness ‘ethnic’ identity... Read More

County and community in Medieval England (2019)
Journal Article
Dodd, G. (2019). County and community in Medieval England. English Historical Review, doi:10.1093/ehr/cez187

The following are two typical 'county community' petitions from the first half of the fourteenth century, presented in the parliaments of 1322 and 1344 respectively: 1. To our lord the king and to his council, the community of the county of Lincolnsh... Read More

The Battle of Bruges: Margaret Thatcher, the Foreign Office and the Unravelling of British European Policy (2019)
Journal Article
Daddow, O., Gifford, C., & Wellings, B. (2019). The Battle of Bruges: Margaret Thatcher, the Foreign Office and the Unravelling of British European Policy. Political Research Exchange, 1(1), doi:10.1080/2474736X.2019.1643681

Drawing on newly released archival material, this article reassesses Margaret Thatcher’s 1988 Bruges speech, widely depicted to have instigated Britain's drift towards Brexit. It opens by giving an essential recap of the main contents of the speech.... Read More

Female merchants? Women, debt and trade in later medieval England, 1266-1532 (2019)
Journal Article
Goddard, R. (2019). Female merchants? Women, debt and trade in later medieval England, 1266-1532. Journal of British Studies, 58(3), 494-518. doi:10.1017/jbr.2019.4

This article examines English women who were engaged in wholesale long-distance or international trade in the later Middle Ages. These women made up only a small proportion of English merchants, averaging about 3 to 4 percent of the mercantile popula... Read More

Kinship, property relations, and the survival of double monasteries in the Eastern Church (2019)
Journal Article
Sharipova, L. (2019). Kinship, property relations, and the survival of double monasteries in the Eastern Church. Historical Journal, doi:10.1017/S0018246X19000219

The article examines the enduring phenomenon of double monasticism, the type of religious organisation, whereby a single monastic unit combined a male and a female communities that followed the same rule, recognised the authority of the same superior... Read More

Fixing the membership of the Lords and Commons: Sir John Cam Hobhouse and the Nottingham by-election, 1834 (2019)
Journal Article
Beckett, J. (in press). Fixing the membership of the Lords and Commons: Sir John Cam Hobhouse and the Nottingham by-election, 1834. Parliamentary History,

When Melbourne replaced Grey in 1834 he looked to recruit men with experience to join his government. He enlisted Sir John Cam Hobhouse, but Hobhouse needed a seat in the Commons. This was achieved by a Writ of Acceleration whereby Viscount Duncannon... Read More

'Things given and granted her': Prayer Beads and Property in Late Medieval England (2019)
Journal Article
Marchbank, A. (in press). 'Things given and granted her': Prayer Beads and Property in Late Medieval England. The Mediaeval Journal,

Prayer beads have often been associated with women or a gendered form of piety, but little work has been done on exploring why this assumption has been made, or why and how the link was perpetuated. This article not only uses statistics to substantia... 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. (2019). 'That rather sinful city of London': the coal miner, the city and the country in the British cultural imagination c. 1969-2014. Urban History, doi:10.1017/S0963926819000555

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

The political is personal: an analysis of crowd-sourced political ideas and images from a Massive Open Online Course (2019)
Journal Article
Humphrey, M., Umbach, M., & Clulow, Z. (2019). The political is personal: an analysis of crowd-sourced political ideas and images from a Massive Open Online Course. Journal of Political Ideologies, 24(2), 121-138 . doi:10.1080/13569317.2019.1589958

The analysis of ideology at the vernacular level requires access to peer-to-peer political discussions amongst non-specialists. It is in these discursive exchanges that political views are articulated, refined, and revised. Such exchanges are, howeve... Read More

Science, medicine and the creation of a ‘healthy’ Soviet cinema (2019)
Journal Article
Toropova, A. (2019). Science, medicine and the creation of a ‘healthy’ Soviet cinema. Journal of Contemporary History, doi:10.1177/0022009418820111

Cinema had long been hailed by Bolshevik party leaders as a crucial ally of the Soviet mass enlightenment project. By the mid-1920s, however, Soviet psychologists, educators and practitioners of ‘child science’ (pedology) were pointing to the grave e... Read More

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, 22(9), 1101-1115 . 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

Photography, Migration and Identity: A German-Jewish-American Story (2019)
Book
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