Cultural History

Cultural History promotes the work and aims of the International Society for Cultural History, which was founded in 2008. It generates discussion and debate on the nature of cultural history and current trends, and advances theoretical and methodological issues relating to the field. Cultural History promotes new and innovative questions about the past, and invites contributions from both advanced and junior scholars.

In Cultural History, culture is seen as a mental map with which the people we study orientated themselves in their specific worlds. Cultural History is therefore all about the ways in which people in the past orientated themselves as individuals and groups towards other individuals, groups, regions and countries, the environment, and the world in general – and how those orientations changed. But Cultural History is also about how cultural historians orientate themselves today, in terms of academic research, teaching, and areas outside academia (for example museums, the media, and the heritage industry and entertainment industries).

Published April & October.

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Latest articles

Volume 4 (2)

Illustrated Media, the Built Environment and Identity Politics in Fin-de-siècle Catalonia: Printing Images, Making the Nation
vol. 4 (2): 113-135
Mass Tourism and New Representations of Gender in Late Francoist Spain: The Sueca and Don Juan in the 1960s
vol. 4 (2): 136-161
UK Rave Culture and the Thatcherite Hegemony, 1988–94
vol. 4 (2): 162-186
Manifestations of the Flying Dutchman: On Materializing Ghosts and (Not) Remembering the Colonial Past
vol. 4 (2): 187-205
Elena Carrera (ed.), Emotions and Health, 1200–1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 206-208
Bruno Carvalho, Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 208-210
Johannes Frackowiak (ed.), Nationalistische Politik und Ressentiments: Deutsche und Polen von 1871 bis zur Gegenwart (Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 210-212
Dariusz Gafijczuk and Derek Sayer (eds), The Inhabited Ruins of Central Europe: Re-imagining Space, History and Memory (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 212-214
James McFarland, Constellation: Friedrich Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin in the Now-Time of History (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 214-215
Elisabeth C. Macknight, Aristocratic Families in Republican France, 1870–1940 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012).
vol. 4 (2): 216-217
Lee Scrivner, Becoming Insomniac: How Sleeplessness Alarmed Modernity (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
vol. 4 (2): 217-219
Alexandra Stara, The Museum of French Monuments in Paris 1795–1816: ‘Killing Art to Make History’ (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 219-221
Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen A. Rader and Adam Dodd (eds), Animals on Display: The Creaturely in Museums, Zoos, and Natural History (University Park, Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 221-223
Jerry Toner, Roman Disasters (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 223-225
Leigh Wilson, Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
vol. 4 (2): 225-227

Volume 4 (1)

Introduction: Cultural History in the United States: Past, Present and Future Trajectories
vol. 4 (1): 1-3
Touchy-Feely History: The ‘Stuff’ of American Culture
vol. 4 (1): 4-18
Touch and Go Records and the Rise of Hardcore Punk in Late Twentieth-Century Detroit
vol. 4 (1): 19-41
Sammy Davis, Jr: Public Image and Politics
vol. 4 (1): 42-63
History is What Hurts: Queer Feelings, Alien Temporalities in the Work of Gloria Anzaldúa
vol. 4 (1): 64-86