Central European History and the Opening up of Europe

Introducing a new virtual special issue from Contemporary European History. Since its creation in 1992 the journal Contemporary European History has actively sought to bridge Cold War divides and to bring the histories of Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern Europe into the same frame of analysis.…


Central European History at Fifty (1968–2018): Special Commemorative Issue

This blog post is taken from the ‘Letter from the Editor’ to the special edition of Central European History published to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Journal.    This special issue celebrating CEH’s fiftieth anniversary is divided into three parts that, together, offer wide-ranging reflections on the past, present, and future of both the journal and the historiography of German-speaking Central Europe as a whole.…


Spotlight on the current issue (Volume 18-1) of the Journal of East Asian Studies

Imagine a Japan that was not allied with the United States in the postwar period. Would it have grown as fast as it did?…


Connecting Brazil’s historical labour relations to the international Global Labour History debate

Brazil, Latin America’s largest country in size and population, is known for its diversity in social and cultural matters. This also holds true for labour in both historical and current contexts.…


Virtual Special Issue: Cold War in Latin America – Introduction

This virtual special issue highlights some of the exciting directions that scholarship on the Cold War in Latin America has taken over the last decade.…


REWRITING REASON

Think back to your childhood.  What did you take with you when you went to school?  Many of us would have set off with a backpack brimming with notebooks, erasers, a ruler, pens, pencils and perhaps a handful of sweets to enjoy when the teacher wasn’t looking.…


“A Character Who Makes History”: Hendrik Witbooi and the Evolution of German Imperial Policy in Colonial Namibia

Depictions of colonized African peoples from Southwest Africa (DSWA, present-day Namibia), Germany’s first overseas colony, were prevalent throughout the German metropole at the turn of the twentieth century.…


Crime Scene Photography in England: 1895-1960

If I asked you to imagine a crime scene photograph, chances are that you would have a clear idea of what it should look like: a disarranged room, visual clues to the crime, sometimes blood or a body.…


Special section: The Human Dimensions of Air Pollution in China

China’s government has proclaimed a “war against pollution” and promised its citizens that problems of air pollution will be solved in the foreseeable future.…


Writing histories in a time of commemoration: Ireland and Finland

“I maintain that the analogy between Finland and Ireland is almost perfect” -Michael Collins At the end of 2017, with Ireland approaching the half-way mark of what is designated a “Decade of Centenaries,” a country at the opposite edge of northern Europe will celebrate a hundred years of nationhood.…


Writing comparative and transnational histories in twenty-first century Ireland

This blog accompanies the new special issue of Irish Historical Studies, Ireland and Finland, 1860–1930: Comparative and Transnational Histories. Just over twenty years ago, the central debate among Irish historians could be presented as one between two competing strands of conservatism.…


ASR Forum: Land Disputes and Displacement in Post-Conflict Africa. Questioning Boundaries and Belonging

Conflict-related displacement is increasingly central in shaping land claims, property relations, and modes of belonging in the African continent. In settings of forced mobility and resettlement, land property claims define the continued struggles over community membership and access to resources.…