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Institute of Historical Research

Cover for European Religious Cultures: Essays offered to Christopher Brooke on the occasion of his eightieth birthday European Religious Cultures: Essays offered to Christopher Brooke on the occasion of his eightieth birthday
Miri Rubin (ed)
July 3, 2020

European Religious Cultures is a set of stimulating essays first written as offerings for Christopher Brooke on his eightieth birthday. They are now gathered for the enjoyment of all those interested in the history of religious cultures. They address a variety of practices in religious life - among them pilgrimage and the urban cult of saints, the monastic performance of liturgy, the choice to enter the priesthood - and situate them within the life-cycles and social relations of medieval Europeans. The authors have been inspired by Christopher Brooke's own interests over a...

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 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 Medieval Londoners: Essays to mark the eightieth birthday of Caroline M. Barron Medieval Londoners: Essays to mark the eightieth birthday of Caroline M. Barron
Christian Steer, Elizabeth New (eds)
October 31, 2019

Medieval Londoners were a diverse group, some born in the city, and others drawn to the capital from across the realm and from overseas. For some, London became the sole focus of their lives, while others retained or developed networks and loyalties that spread far and wide. The rich evidence for the medieval city, including archaeological and documentary evidence, means that the study of London and its inhabitants remains an active field. Medieval Londoners brings together archaeologists, historians, art historians and literary scholars whose essays provide glimpses of medieval...

Cover for The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53 The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53
Edward Owens
October 15, 2019

The Family Firm presents the first major historical analysis of the transformation of the royal household’s public relations strategy in the period 1932-1953. Beginning with King George V’s first Christmas broadcast, Buckingham Palace worked with the Church of England and the media to initiate a new phase in the House of Windsor’s approach to publicity.

This book also focuses on audience reception by exploring how British readers, listeners, and viewers made sense of royalty’s new...

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 Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929): refashioning history for the twentieth century Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929): refashioning history for the twentieth century
Joel T. Rosenthal, Caroline M. Barron (eds)
August 21, 2019

Thomas Frederick Tout (1855–1929) was arguably the most prolific English medieval historian of the early twentieth century. The son of an unsuccessful publican, he was described at his Oxford scholarship exam as ‘uncouth and untidy’; however he went on to publish hundreds of books throughout his distinguished career with a legacy that extended well beyond the academy. Tout pioneered the use of archival research, welcomed women into academia and augmented the University of Manchester’s growing reputation for pioneering research.

This book presents the first full assessment...

Cover for Suffrage and citizenship in Ireland, 1912-18 Suffrage and citizenship in Ireland, 1912-18
Senia Pašeta
January 24, 2019

The 2018 Kehoe Lecture in Irish History: presented on 15 November 2018 at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Professor Senia Pašeta argues that our understanding of modern Irish and British politics would be enormously enriched if we recognized two things: that the Irish and British suffrage movements were deeply connected; and that the women’s suffrage movement across the United Kingdom was shaped in fundamental ways by the Irish Question from the late nineteenth century and into the twentieth.

As Professor Pašeta demonstrates, the...

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 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 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 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...

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 Ravenna: its role in earlier medieval change and exchange Ravenna: its role in earlier medieval change and exchange
Judith Herrin, Jinty Nelson (eds)
July 14, 2016

In the long-debated transition from late antiquity to the early middle ages, the city of Ravenna presents a story rich and strange. From the fourth century onwards it suffered decline in economic terms. Yet its geographical position, its status as an imperial capital, and above all its role as a connecting-point between East and West, ensured that it remained an intermittent attraction for early medieval kings and emperors throughout the period from the late fifth to the eleventh century.

Ravenna’s story is all the more interesting because it was complicated and unpredictable:...

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 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 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 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 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 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 She said she was in the family way: Pregnancy and infancy in modern Ireland She said she was in the family way: Pregnancy and infancy in modern Ireland
Elaine Farrell (ed)
March 15, 2012

'She said she was in the family way' examines the subject of pregnancy and infancy in Ireland from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. It draws on exciting and innovative research by early-career and established academics, and consider topics that have been largely ignored by historians in Ireland. The book makes an important contribution to Irish women’s history, family history, childhood history, social history, crime history and medical history, and will provide a reference point for academics interested in themes of sexuality, childbirth, infanthood and...

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,...