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Looking Back, Looking Forward – 2020 at the RHS

With 2019 well behind us, what are some of the Royal Historical Society’s main priorities for 2020? Events! As ever we have a full programme of lectures and symposia. For our first lecture of the year, on Friday 7 February, we welcome Dr Andrew Arsan (University...
Historians, wildlife, and habitats

Historians, wildlife, and habitats

Why do we study the past? One reason is to understand the present, and how the things we think of as ‘normal’ developed out of very different pasts. At a time of mounting concern about the state of the environment, Tom Williamson argues that understanding the...
450 Years since The Dutch Revolt

450 Years since The Dutch Revolt

The 450th anniversary of the start of the Dutch Revolt – the Eighty Years War as it is known in Dutch – is being commemorated in 2018 by a series of events, including an exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. In this blog, Prof. Judith Pollmann reflects on Prof. Geoffrey...
Revolutionary Ireland

Revolutionary Ireland

Our latest volume of Transactions includes a number of articles on revolutionary Ireland that emerged from our 2016 symposium at Teesside University. Dr Colin Reid, Lecturer in Modern British & Irish History at University of Sheffield, reflects on the history of...
Old Words and New Worlds

Old Words and New Worlds

Dr Aysha Pollnitz, Assistant Professor of History at Rice University, won the Society’s 2016 Whitfield Prize for her book ‘Princely Education in early modern Britain’. Here she discusses how her research has moved on to liberal education in early...