The Shaping of Tuscany

I grew up in the outskirts of Florence in the 1970s and 1980s, in a town that was neither city nor country and that is now firmly embedded in Florence’s metropolitan area.…


A book about the beginnings of Islamic law has its own story of beginning

Beginnings are difficult to retrace. And the beginning of my book, The Beginnings of Islamic Law, is no exception. There are many experiences that shaped the writing of the book, including ones that predate when I began researching it.…


Modern American History: Meet the Executive Editors

It is surprising that there has been no “big tent” journal devoted to recent U.S. history, a field of great vibrancy and enduring importance.…


The World of Mr Casaubon

The world waits on tenterhooks to discover what kind of leader President-elect Trump will be. Will Trump’s statecraft involve a straightforward implementation of his somewhat preposterous campaign promises?…


The Journal of Ecclesiastical History’s new World Christianities Essay Prize

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History has an expansive remit: we publish original research into the history of Christianity broadly conceived, from the ancient world to the present, throughout the world, extending to every variant of Christianity and every historical subdiscipline.…


Painting a poetic portrait

Michael Squire, Reader in Classical Art at King’s College London, introduces the picture-poems of Optatian, composed in the early fourth century AD, which are the subject of his forthcoming article ‘How to read a Roman portrait? Optation Porfyry, Constantine and the uultus Augusti’, to be published in Papers of the British School at Rome later this year


Introducing Precarious Lives and Syrian Refugees in Turkey, an upcoming special issue of New Perspectives on Turkey

Since civil war erupted in Syria in 2011, Turkey has become host to the largest number of Syrians fleeing their country—about 2.7 million registered refugees—and the largest refugee-receiving country in the post-World War II period.…


Chasing the Eighteenth-Century Literary Coterie through the Archive

Betty A. Schellenberg, author of the Open Access Literary Coteries and the Making of Modern Print Culture, examines the handwriting archive in the digital age.


Introducing the Journal of Chinese History

The study of Chinese history outside of China has grown remarkably since the 1960s and is certainly one of the liveliest fields of history today.…


Always something new from Anatolian Studies!

As a subscriber to Anatolian Studies for forty years, I am a loyal reader and very familiar with the academic literature and specialist studies about the antiquities of Turkey, but by any standards the 2016 volume of the journal must count as one of the best ever.


Urban Sights – Urban History’s latest multimedia special issue is now available

Matt Delmont, Guest Editor of ‘Urban Sights: Urban History and Visual Culture,’ introduces this latest multimedia special issue from Urban History.   Urban History is pleased to announce the publication of an online special issue ‘Urban Sights: Urban History and Visual Culture’.…


‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ – inaugural Nine Dots prize offers $100,000 for the best response

Prize backed by leading international thinkers including Diane Coyle, Simon Goldhill, David Runciman and Saskia Sassen A new prize launched today (Friday 21 October 2016) is offering US$100,000 to whoever can best answer the question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ The Nine Dots Prize is designed to promote and encourage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world.…