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  • 19 Aug 2022
    Merry Wiesner-Hanks

    What’s New in Early Modern Europe Third Edition

    Writing a new edition is always challenging, as there is always exciting new scholarship to incorporate and completely new directions and sub-fields to include. And then deciding what to cut, so the book does not become an unwieldy doorstop… The most important change I’ve made in the third edition of Early Modern Europe is to […]

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  • 6 Sep 2019
    Edward Roberts

    Individuality and history in the ‘age of iron’: Flodoard of Rheims

    The decades following the demise of the Carolingian Empire in 888 were traditionally seen as a downward spiral of political fragmentation and cultural stagnation: a ‘mind-the-gap’ period between the ninth-century Carolingian achievement and the intellectual vibrancy and royal assertiveness of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The humanist Lorenzo Valla famously described this period as ‘an […]

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  • 9 Aug 2019
    Robert H. Blackman

    How Brexit is like the French Revolution

    No past event gives us a perfect guide to understand current affairs. Nevertheless, we could do worse than use our shared past to help us think through the remarkable political changes Britain has experienced since the 2016 referendum on leaving the European Union. One event in particular shares much of the political drama Britain has […]

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  • 26 Jul 2019
    Neil Murphy

    Henry VIII’s Final War: Conquest, Colonialism and Violence

    In the summer of 1544, Henry VIII invaded France with 36,000 soldiers – the largest army sent overseas by an English ruler until the reign of William III (1689-1702) – and captured the town of Boulogne and tens of thousands of acres of prime agricultural land in what was the greatest expansion of English territory […]

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  • 26 Mar 2019
    Hilary M. Carey

    Empire of Hell

    The rise and fall of convict transportation in the British Empire is often told as a Gothic melodrama. John Mitchel, the Young Ireland leader transported for treason, was typical in referring to the British transportation system as an ‘Empire of Hell’. He was even more scathing about attempts to reform the convicts in Van Diemen’s […]

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  • 8 Mar 2019
    Mischa Honeck, James Marten

    A Twentieth Century Legacy – Children and War

    "War and Childhood in the Era of the Two World Wars" takes a global look at how modern societies imagined childhood as a space of sheltered existence, while at the same time mobilizing their children to help fight their wars and turning them into both victims and actors in the twentieth century's greatest conflicts.

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  • 2 May 2018
    Elina Screen, Charles West

    The Montpellier Psalter and ‘Writing the Early Medieval West’

    Robed in elegant shades of green and purple, Christ stands holding a gospel book beneath an arch decorated with interlace. Below this portrait, a prayer has been written in a fine Carolingian minuscule, appealing for divine support. We chose this cover image for Writing the Early Medieval West because it neatly connects and ties together […]

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  • 8 Mar 2017
    Rex A. Wade

    Writing about the Russian Revolution

    Rex A. Wade, author of 'The Russian Revolution,1917' talks about his experience in researching the Russian Revolution.

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