One British Thing: A Bottle of Welfare Orange Juice

What does an empty bottle of concentrated orange juice have to do with colonialism? Some of you may remember the Welfare Orange Juice that the British government provided to pregnant women and young children from the middle of the Second World War until 1971.…


Labour History and the Case against Colonialism

The public influence attained internationally by such revisionism requires historians to expose the deep methodological flaws, misreading of historical facts, and misrepresentations of prior scholarship that it entails.


Women Investors and the Virginia Company in the Early Seventeenth Century

Unfolding the histories of women who invested in the Virginia Company was the starting-point of this research, but as I began tracing Romney and Hueriblock through the archives, I learned that their involvement in the Virginia Company was part of a wider story.


On Not Recognizing Kadu: Russian place naming in the Pacific Islands, 1804–1830

Our umbrella theme is the poorly known contributions of early nineteenth-century Russian navigators and mapmakers to global cartographic knowledge of the far-flung Marshall, Caroline, and Tuamotu archipelagoes. A particular focus is the varied extent to which Russian place names registered local agency during encounters or drew on navigational knowledge divulged by expert Indigenous practitioners.


The Place of the Holy Man

The early centuries in the history of Christian asceticism, and of monasticism that it gave rise to, invite a short and accessible overview.


Reconsidering Revelation: Historical Explorations and Contemporary Murmurs

The theophany at Sinai and the idea of revelation are among the core issues of Jewish theology


Cambridge holds inaugural Partners Summit

Academic welcomed 50 of our journal society partners and editors from all over the world to our inaugural summit


The Accidental Austen Professor

In 1997, I was asked by my department chair at Marquette University to teach a course on Jane Austen. I had read all of her novels, some of them as a child, but had taught only one of them, Sense and Sensibility, as part of an undergraduate survey on British literature from 1800 to the present.…


Can Crime Fiction Be Modernist?

To venture an answer to the question my title poses is to reveal something fundamental about how one understands and values literary form.…


New wallaby-sized dinosaur from the ancient Australian-Antarctic rift valley

Upper jaws of a new dinosaur from Victoria, Australia, give fresh insight into the diversity of small herbivorous dinosaurs that once inhabited the ancient Australian-Antarctic rift valley 125 million years ago A new, wallaby-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been identified from five fossilized upper jaws in 125 million year old rocks from the Cretaceous period of Victoria, southeastern Australia.…


Early American dogs from the Midwest

There are some things that we take for granted, but for those of us who own dogs, our pets aren’t one of them.…


Profile: Professor Margot Finn, President of the Royal Historical Society

Professor Margot Finn is an historian of Britain since 1750 and the current President of the Royal Historical Society. Her work has ranged from the history of Victorian popular politics to the gendered legal, social and cultural histories of debt and credit in England.  She is currently working on a monograph entitled Imperial Family Formations: Domestic Strategies and Colonial Power in British India, c.1757-1857.…