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.…


Reproduction in Blade Runner 2049

Reproduction on Film, the recently published special issue of The British Journal for the History of Science, investigates the theme of biological reproduction in the history of cinema, television, and other screen media.…


The historical significance of the 1966 Coleman Report

This blog accompanies the Policy Forum on the 1966 Coleman Report published in History of Education Quarterly. For this History of Education Quarterly Policy Forum, we look at the historical significance of the 1966 Coleman Report from several different perspectives.…


Re-assessing John Dewey’s Democracy and Education

This blog accompanies the new thematic issue of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era reassessing John Dewey’s 1916 publication Democracy and Education.…


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.…


“Exegesis and Appropriation: Reading Rashi in Late Medieval Spain”

The Commentary on the Torah of Rashi (Solomon ben Isaac; 1040–1105) stands out as the most widely studied and influential Hebrew Bible commentary ever composed.…


Revenge served cold: Was Scott of the Antarctic sabotaged by his angry deputy?

On February 11, 1913, the world woke to the headline “Death of Captain Scott. Lost with four comrades. The Pole reached.…


Holocaust Scholarship and Politics in the Public Sphere: Reexamining the Causes, Consequences, and Controversy of the Historikerstreit and the Goldhagen Debate

Last year marked the anniversary of two of the most important scholarly debates about modern German history and the Holocaust: the so-called Historikerstreit (“historians’ quarrel”) that erupted thirty years ago in West Germany, as well as the lively debate sparked exactly a decade later by the publication in 1996 of Daniel J.…


Pox populi: Study calculates 18th century syphilis rates for first time

The unlikely coincidence of a local hospital record and a census led by a pioneering physician has enabled the first study charting rates of venereal disease in 18th century England, revealing high infection levels in the city of Chester at this time.


Wissen und Lomdus: Idealism, Modernity, and History in some Nineteenth-Century Rabbinic and Philosophical responses to the Wissenschaft des Judentums

This article examines the parallel strategies taken by Hermann Cohen (1842–1918) and contemporaries in the Eastern European Lithuanian Talmudic academies to develop modernizing interpretations of Jewish text, tradition, and law.…


Church and Space in the Middle Ages

This is an English translation of the Editorial to Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales Volume 72 – Issue 1. On the publication of their two most recent volumes in 2016,[1] the Annales invited Dominique Iogna-Prat and Florian Mazel to participate in an exercise in lecture croisée.