RHS Whitfield Book Prize – the 2022 Shortlist

RHS Whitfield Book Prize – the 2022 Shortlist

The Society’s annual Whitfield Book Prize is awarded for a first monograph in the field of British and Irish history. The 2022 Whitfield Shortlist of six titles is published on Monday 30 May. The shortlist for the Society’s second book award, the Gladstone Prize, will be released on Wednesday 1 June. The winners of both prizes will be announced on Friday 22 July.

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Supporting History teaching and research in UK universities: a toolkit

Supporting History teaching and research in UK universities: a toolkit

A number of UK History departments have recently been faced with, or are experiencing, cuts to programmes and staff. As part of its advocacy role, the Royal Historical Society works with historians who face significant change to their professional lives. This includes the provision of resources to support teachers and researchers, as best we can. This post brings together these resources and contacts. It is a ‘work in progress’ and we welcome proposals from colleagues for additional information.

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Becoming a Historian: an Informal Guide

Becoming a Historian: an Informal Guide

How do we undertake a major historical research project for the first time? In their new book, ‘Becoming a Historian’, Penelope J. Corfield and Tim Hitchcock consider the steps and skills required, and how to manage the challenges of research. Supportive, pragmatic and ‘informal’, this is a guide shaped by its authors’ long-standing commitment to scholarly community and to training the next generation of historians.

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REF 2021: Reflections from the History sub-panel chairs

REF 2021: Reflections from the History sub-panel chairs

The results of the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) were published on 12 May 2022. Professors Mark Jackson and Margot Finn — respectively chair and deputy chair of the History sub-panel for REF2021 — offer an overview of this latest review, its headline findings for History, and their reflections on disciplinary developments since REF2014.

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Parades and Power in Early Modern Japan

Parades and Power in Early Modern Japan

In her new article for ‘Transactions of the Royal Historical Society’, Professor Rebekah Clements explores the complexities of political sovereignty in early modern Japan through the practice of ‘alternate attendance’. Long understood as statements of a shogun central power, parades also served regional lords and their communities as opportunities to confirm mutual dependence in maintaining local hierarchies of political authority.

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Developing the Royal Historical Society archive: phase 2 begins

Developing the Royal Historical Society archive: phase 2 begins

The Society is very pleased to have recently received generous support, from the Marc Fitch Fund, for the second phase of its archive development programme. Over the coming months we will research and catalogue three further areas of the Society’s collection: papers relating to the running, membership and management of the Society, from its foundation in 1868; papers of the Camden Society, founded in 1838 to its merger with the RHS in 1897; and correspondence of the Tudor historian, Professor Sir Geoffrey Elton. Here we preview some early finds, charting the activities of the Society from the 1870s to 1950s.

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Engaging with the ‘Un-Commemorated’ Past

Engaging with the ‘Un-Commemorated’ Past

What does it mean to engage audiences with complex and traumatic histories of empire and war? And how might we engage with the ‘un-commemorated’, whose names have not appeared on the memorial landscape? Dr Diya Gupta (Royal Historical Society) and Dr Anna Maguire (QMUL) recently posed these questions in workshops for school-age students and their teachers studying the British Empire and the First and Second World Wars.

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‘Quando Era Jovem…’ – Towards an Intergenerational, Oral History of Youth in Maputo, Mozambique

‘Quando Era Jovem…’ – Towards an Intergenerational, Oral History of Youth in Maputo, Mozambique

How does an oral historian, working in Mozambique, respond to the lockdowns and travel restrictions of recent years? Johanna Wetzel researches the history of youth — ‘ser jovem’ or ‘juventude’ — in Maputo, with particular reference to the importance attached to youth and the young by first-generation leaders of post-independence Mozambique. Unable to travel, Johanna turned to online programmes and training funded by a research grant from the Royal Historical Society.

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Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England

Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England

To coincide with the release of her new monograph, Dr Sarah Fox introduces us to the multiple stages and community focus of ‘Giving Birth in Eighteenth-Century England’. The cycle of eighteenth-century birthing began and concluded much earlier and later than the delivery of a child, and extended well beyond the confines of the birth chamber. Sarah’s book, published on 13 April, is the 12th title in the Society’s New Historical Perspectives series for early career historians.

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Sir Tony Wrigley: A Memoir by John Landers

Sir Tony Wrigley: A Memoir by John Landers

In the early 1980s, John Landers studied as a PhD student with Sir Tony Wrigley (1931-2022), one of the founding members of the the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure. In this post John recalls his experience of supervisions and the distinctive culture of ‘Campop’, created by Sir Tony and fellow founders, Roger Schofield and Peter Laslett.

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On ‘PASSING’: Shifting histories OF THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY

On ‘PASSING’: Shifting histories OF THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY

In the next in our ‘Writing Race’ series, Vishwajeet Deshmukh considers the history of racial ‘passing’ within India’s Anglo-Indian community. Mixed-race descendants of European fathers and Indian mothers, members of the Anglo-Indian community are often studied in the context of their historical assimilation within European societies. However, ‘passing’ was also a feature of colonial Indian society, as Anglo-Indians sought the higher status of ‘Europeans’.

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