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Alexandra Walsham
Matthew Hilton

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About the journal

Founded in 1952, Past & Present is widely acknowledged to be the liveliest and most stimulating historical journal in the English-speaking world …

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Viewpoint: Human Rights History

Human Rights and History

Past & Present are pleased to publish their latest Viewpoint piece on the subject of:

Human Rights and History
by Stefan-Ludwig Hoffman

The piece will be available free online for a limited time.


A number of responses to the Human Rights History Viewpoint will also be published and two of these are now freely available:

The End of Human Rights History
by Samuel Moyn

The Long and the Short of the History of Human Rights
by Lynn Hunt


Past & Present's Viewpoints seek to provoke or advance debate, open up new questions, define the state or direction of a particular field, or shape trends in historiography at a more general level — always in a way that is comprehensible to non-specialists.

Virtual issue on Space, Place and Scale: Human Geography and Spatial History in Past & Present

Guest edited by Courtney J. Campbell, P&P IHR Fellow 2014-15

This virtual issue draws together articles previously published in the journal on the theme of 'Space, Place and Scale'.

This issue has been edited with a brand new introduction by Courtney J. Campbell, P&P IHR Fellow 2014-15.

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In Memoriam

In memory of Zvi Razi

We have made these articles available to read free online until the end of 2016:

In memory of Cliff Davies

We have made his article, The Pilgrimage of Grace Reconsidered, available to read free online until the end of 2016.

The Past and Present Supplement Series

Supplement 11: The Social History of the Archive

Archives are the factories and laboratories of the historian. Until recently, scholars rarely paused to consider how these repositories came into being.  We still approach them as if they provide a transparent window through which we can view past societies. This supplement calls for a deeper, critical awareness of the ways in which archives construct the history that we write. It provokes further discussion and debate about the conceptual and methodological problems that hinder our attempts to reconstruct past societies.

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The Series

The Past & Present Supplement series was launched in 2006 to provide a forum for publishing the proceedings of Past and Present conferences and other symposia, and collections of essays reflective of the broad themes and ethos of the journal itself. One volume will appear every year, which will be sent out free to subscribers, but which can also be purchased by non-subscribers as a book. This will also be available on line and will be, like the journal, fully searchable.

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The Past and Present Book Series

Past and Present has a long history of publishing books and collections of essays reflective of the broad themes and ethos of the journal itself. Transcending chronological and geographical boundaries, the purpose of the series is to publish high-quality, cutting-edge work that has an appeal outside the specialist area of the author.

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