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History

Cover for A history of the French in London: Liberty, equality, opportunity A history of the French in London: Liberty, equality, opportunity
Debra Kelly, Martyn Cornick (eds)
June 13, 2013

This book examines, for the first time, the history of the social, cultural, political and economic presence of the French in London, and explores the multiple ways in which this presence has contributed to the life of the city.

The capital has often provided a place of refuge, from the Huguenots in the 17th century, through the period of the French Revolution, to various exile communities during the 19th century, and on to the Free French in the Second World War. It also considers the generation of French citizens who settled in post-war London, and goes on to provide insights...

Cover for Administering the Empire, 1801-1968: A Guide to the Records of the Colonial Office in the National Archives of the UK Administering the Empire, 1801-1968: A Guide to the Records of the Colonial Office in the National Archives of the UK
Mandy Banton
September 11, 2020

Popular guide to colonial and Commonwealth records at The National Archives, available from September 2020 as a free Open Access edition.

Administering the Empire, 1801-1968 is an indispensable introduction to British colonial rule during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It provides an essential guide to the records of the British Colonial Office, and those of other departments responsible for colonial administration, which are now held in The National Archives of the United Kingdom.

As a user-friendly archival guide, Administering the...

Cover for Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars
Laura Beers, Geraint Thomas (eds)
September 15, 2011

After the First World War, Britain faced a number of challenges as it sought to adapt to domestic conditions of mass democracy whilst maintaining its position in the empire in the face of national independence movements. As politicians at home and abroad sought to legitimise their position, new efforts were made to conceptualise nationality and citizenship, with attempts to engage the public using mass media and greater emphasis on governing in the public interest.

Brave New World reappraises the domestic and imperial history of Britain in the inter-war period,...

Cover for Brazil: Essays on History and Politics Brazil: Essays on History and Politics
Leslie Bethell
June 29, 2018

Published to mark his 80th birthday, this volume consists of seven essays by Leslie Bethell on major themes in modern Brazilian history and politics: Brazil and Latin America; Britain and Brazil (1808-1914); The Paraguayan War (1864-70); The decline and fall of slavery (1850-1888); The long road to democracy; Populism; The failure of the Left. The essays are new, but they draw on book chapters and journal articles published (mainly in Portuguese) and public lectures delivered in the ten years since his retirement as founding Director of the University of Oxford Centre for Brazilian...

Cover for Cinemas and Cinema-Going in the United Kingdom: Decades of Decline, 1945–65 Cinemas and Cinema-Going in the United Kingdom: Decades of Decline, 1945–65
Sam Manning
March 31, 2020

Cinema-going was the most popular commercial leisure activity in the first half of the twentieth century, peaking in 1946 with 1.6 billion recorded admissions. Though ‘going to the pictures’ remained a popular pastime, the transition to peacetime altered citizens’ leisure habits. During the 1950s increased affluence, the growth of television ownership and the diversification of leisure led to rapid declines in attendance. Cinema attendances fell in all regions, but the speed, nature and extent of decline varied widely across the United Kingdom.

By linking national...

Cover for Civilian Specialists at War: Britain's Transport Experts and the First World War Civilian Specialists at War: Britain's Transport Experts and the First World War
Christopher Phillips
April 30, 2020

The war of 1914–18 was the first great conflict to be fought between highly industrial societies able to manufacture and transport immense quantities of goods to the field of battle. In Civilian Specialists at War, Christopher Phillips examines the manner in which Britain’s industrial society influenced the character and conduct of industrial warfare. This book analyses the multiple connections between the military, the government and the senior executives of some of pre-war Britain’s largest companies. It illustrates the British army’s evolving response to the First...

Cover for Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America Cultural Worlds of the Jesuits in Colonial Latin America
Linda A. Newson (ed)
April 6, 2020

The Jesuits’ colonial legacy in Latin America is well-known. They pioneered an interest in indigenous languages and cultures, compiling dictionaries and writing some of the earliest ethnographies of the region. They also explored the region’s natural history and made significant contributions to the development of science and medicine. On their estates and in the missions they introduced new plants, livestock, and agricultural techniques, such as irrigation. In addition, they left a lasting legacy on the region’s architecture, art and music.

The volume demonstrates the...

Cover for Dethroning historical reputations: universities, museums and the commemoration of benefactors Dethroning historical reputations: universities, museums and the commemoration of benefactors
Jill Pellew, Lawrence Goldman (eds)
July 20, 2018

The campaigns in universities across the world to reject, rename and remove historic benefactions have brought the present into collision with the past. In Britain the attempt to remove a statue of one of Oxford’s most famous benefactors, the imperialist Cecil Rhodes, has spread to other universities and their benefactors, and now also affects civic monuments and statues in towns and cities across the country. In the United States, memorials to leaders of the Confederacy in the American Civil War and to other slaveholders have been the subject of intense dispute. Should we continue to...

Cover for Empty Spaces: perspectives on emptiness in modern history Empty Spaces: perspectives on emptiness in modern history
Courtney J. Campbell, Allegra Giovine, Jennifer Keating (eds)
August 21, 2019

How is emptiness made and what historical purpose does it serve? What cultural, material and natural work goes into maintaining ‘nothingness’? Why have a variety of historical actors, from colonial powers to artists and urban dwellers, sought to construct, control and maintain (physically and discursively) empty space, and by which processes is emptiness discovered, visualised and reimagined?

This volume draws together contributions from authors working on landscapes and rurality, along with national and imperial narratives, from Brazil to Russia and Ireland. It considers the...

Cover for Gender and historiography: Studies in the earlier middle ages in honour of Pauline Stafford Gender and historiography: Studies in the earlier middle ages in honour of Pauline Stafford
Janet L Nelson, Susan Reynolds, Susan M. Johns
September 13, 2012

The chapters in this volume celebrate the work of Pauline Stafford, highlighting the ways in which it has advanced research in the fields of both Anglo-Saxon history and the history of medieval women and gender. Ranging across the period, and over much of the old Carolingian world as well as Anglo-Saxon England, they deal with such questions as the nature of kingship and queenship, fatherhood, elite gender relations, the transmission of property, the participation of women in lordship, slavery and warfare, and the nature of assemblies. Gender and historiography presents the fruits of...

Cover for Gender in medieval places, spaces and thresholds Gender in medieval places, spaces and thresholds
Victoria Blud, Diane Heath, Einat Klafter (eds)
December 17, 2018

This collection addresses the concept of gender in the middle ages through the study of place and space, exploring how gender and space may be mutually constructive and how individuals and communities make and are made by the places and spaces they inhabit.

From womb to tomb, how are we defined and confined by gender and by space? Interrogating the thresholds between sacred and secular, public and private, enclosure and exposure, domestic and political, movement and stasis, the essays in this interdisciplinary collection draw on current research and contemporary theory to...

Cover for Healthcare in Ireland and Britain from 1850: Voluntary, regional and comparative perspectives Healthcare in Ireland and Britain from 1850: Voluntary, regional and comparative perspectives
Donnacha Seán Lucey, Virginia Crossman (eds)
October 23, 2014

Healthcare in Ireland and Britain explores developments in health and social care in Ireland and Britain during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The central objectives are to highlight the role of voluntarism in healthcare, to examine healthcare in local and regional contexts, and to provide comparative perspectives.

The collection is based on two interconnected and overlapping research themes: voluntarism and healthcare, and regionalism/localism and healthcare. It includes two synoptic overviews by leading authorities in the field, and ten case studies focusing...

Cover for Heroic Chancellor: Winston Churchill and the University of Bristol 1929–65 Heroic Chancellor: Winston Churchill and the University of Bristol 1929–65
David Cannadine
May 12, 2016

In January 2015, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the most extraordinary and heroic figure ever to be closely and directly associated with it, the University of Bristol arranged and hosted a series of public lectures.

The historian David Cannadine was invited to speak on one aspect of it, which had a particular local appeal and domestic resonance, namely Churchill's long years and his diverse activities as Chancellor of the University, extending from 1929 until 1965. Not only was Churchill the most illustrious and the most...

Cover for Individuals and Institutions in Medieval Scholasticism Individuals and Institutions in Medieval Scholasticism
Antonia Fitzpatrick, John Sabapathy (eds)
July 30, 2020

This volume explores the relationship between individuals and institutions in scholastic thought and practice across the twelfth and fifteenth centuries, setting an agenda for future debates. Written by leading European experts from numerous fields, this theoretically sophisticated collection analyses a wide range of intellectual practices and disciplines. Avoiding narrow approaches to scholasticism, the book addresses ethics, history, heresy, law, inquisition, metaphysics, pastoral care, poetry, religious orders, saints’ cults and theology. A substantial introduction establishes an...

Cover for London and Beyond: Essays in honour of Derek Keene London and Beyond: Essays in honour of Derek Keene
Matthew Davies, James A Galloway (eds)
May 10, 2012

This volume contains selected papers from a major conference held in October 2008 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the setting up of the Centre for Metropolitan History at the IHR, and the contribution of Professor Derek Keene to the Centre, the IHR and the wider world of scholarship.

'One of the pioneer volumes in the handsomely produced new Institute of Historical Research Conference series, this book serves as a fitting tribute to one of the most influential urban historians of our time.' - Ian Archer, Urban History, May 2013.

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Cover for Magna Carta: history, context and influence Magna Carta: history, context and influence
Lawrence Goldman (ed)
July 31, 2018

This book examines the history and influence of Magna Carta in British and American history. In a series of essays written by notable British specialists, it considers the origins of the document in the political and religious contexts of the thirteenth century, the relevance of its principles to the seventeenth century disputes that led to the Civil War, the uses made of Magna Carta to justify the American Revolution, and its inspiration of the radical-democratic movement in Britain in the early nineteenth century.

The introductory essay considers the celebration of Magna...

Cover for Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour Masculinity and Danger on the Eighteenth-Century Grand Tour
Sarah Goldsmith
November 30, 2020

The Grand Tour was a journey to continental Europe undertaken by British nobility and wealthy landed gentry during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As a rite of passage, the Tour also played an important role in the formation of contemporary notions of elite masculinity.

Examining letters, diaries and other records left by Grand Tourists, tutors and their families, this book demonstrates how the Tour was used to educate elite young men in a wide variety of skills, virtues and masculine behaviours that extended well beyond polite society.

Sarah Goldsmith argues...

Cover for Medieval merchants and money: Essays in honour of James L. Bolton Medieval merchants and money: Essays in honour of James L. Bolton
Martin Allen, Matthew Davies (eds)
October 27, 2016

This volume contains selected essays in celebration of the scholarship of the medieval historian Professor James L. Bolton. The essays address a number of different questions in medieval economic and social history, as the volume looks at the activities of merchants, their trade, legal interactions and identities, and on the importance of money and credit in the rural and urban economies. Other essays look more widely at patterns of immigration  to London, trade and royal policy, and the role that merchants played in the Hundred Years War.

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Cover for Octavia Hill, social activism and the remaking of British society Octavia Hill, social activism and the remaking of British society
Elizabeth Baigent, Ben Cowell (eds)
March 17, 2016

This volume reassesses the life and work of Octavia Hill, housing reformer, open space campaigner, co-founder of the National Trust, founder of the Army Cadet Force, and the first woman to be invited to sit on a royal commission. In her lifetime, if not a household name, Octavia Hill was widely regarded as an authority on a broad range of acknowledged social problems, particularly housing and poverty. Yet despite her early pre-eminence, subsequent attempts by family members to keep her memory alive, and the remarkable success of the institutions which she helped to found, Hill fell from...

Cover for People, Texts and Artefacts: Cultural Transmission in the Norman Worlds of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries People, Texts and Artefacts: Cultural Transmission in the Norman Worlds of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
David Bates, Edoardo D'Angelo, Elisabeth van Houts (eds)
January 31, 2018

This volume is based on two international conferences held in 2013 and 2014 at Ariano Irpino, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. It contains essays by leading scholars in the field. Like the conferences, the volume seeks to enhance interdisciplinary and international dialogue between those who work on the Normans and their conquests in northern and southern Europe in an original way.

This collection has as its central theme issues related to cultural transfer, treated as being of a pan-European kind across the societies that the Normans conquered and as occurring within the...

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