Institute of Historical Research

New approaches to writing history

Join Bart Van Es (Oxford), winner of the 2018 Costa Book award, and the feminist and historian, Sarah Knott (Indiana), to discuss new approaches to history writing. In this event -- chaired by Barbara Taylor (QMUL) -- we’ll discuss the rise of 'first-person' histories which combine research and personal memoir. 

6.30pm, Thursday 9 May at Birkbeck, London: jointly organised with the Raphael Samuel History Centre.

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation reviewed

The IHR's online journal Reviews in History has just published a fascinating discussion between Scott Newton and David Edgerton of the latter's The Rise and Fall of the British Nation: a Twentieth Century History.

This compelling book recasts 20th-century British history in terms of the building and dismantling of a specifically British nation, challenging the use of 'declinism' as an explanation of Britain's changing domestic and international experience since 1900.

How did feudalism work?

The 2019 Hobsbawm Memorial Lecture will be given by Professor Chris Wickham (Oxford). The lecture reflects on Marxist histories of feudalism and asks 'how do these stand up today?' Chris Wickham offers alternative ways of understanding the economic logic of the medieval period, arguing that feudalism's dynamic may have worked.

6pm, Tuesday 14 May at Birkbeck, London: Birkbeck History in collaboration with the IHR.

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Latest podcasts

Shopping for pets in nineteenth and twentieth-century London
Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway); Rebecca Preston (Royal Holloway), Added 22 Mar 2019
Anglo-Saxon Settlements and Buildings in a Continental Perspective
John Blair (University of Oxford), Added 19 Mar 2019
Confessions of a Reluctant Food Historian
Lizzie Collingham, Added 19 Mar 2019

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Project Archivist (freelance) - Our History
LGBT communities in Southeast London 1983-2000s
SRS Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019
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Two one-year post-doctoral fellowships