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Past & Present Supplement Series

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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.

We welcome detailed proposals for possible future Supplements. Please contact Publications Editor Peter Coss on coss@cardiff.ac.uk.

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**New** 2016: The Social History of the Archive

Supplement 11
Edited by Liesbeth Corens, Kate Peters and Alex Walsham 

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Archives are the factories and laboratories of the historian. Along with private studies and public libraries, they are the loci of our apprenticeship as scholars and the warehouses from which we acquire the materials to build the history we write. Until recently scholars of the early modern period rarely paused to consider how and why these repositories came into being, despite the fact that these processes have fundamentally shaped and coloured our knowledge of the past. Too often we mine the documentary sources they house without scrutinizing the decisions about selection, arrangement, preservation and retention taken by those responsible for the care of their contents over successive generations. We still fall into the trap of approaching them as if they provide a transparent window through which we can view societies remote from us in time. 

This Supplement issues a call for 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.

2015: Heritage in the Modern World

Supplement 10
Edited by Paul Betts and Corey Ross

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The invention of usable pasts has been fundamental to the making of modern identities across the world. From the origins of historic preservationism in early eighteenth century Europe to the popularization of new heritage industries after the Second World War, efforts to conserve and protect a collective inheritance have been a crucial field for articulating new forms of cultural identity, community and belonging. This volume reconsiders how, why and in what guises these diverse conservation practices emerged, grew and interrelated in a global perspective. It brings together scholars working not only on Europe and its colonial territories but also on Latin America, China, Japan, the Soviet Union and North America in order to examine the extent to which the various attempts to define, protect and mobilize ancestral pasts were part and parcel of an increasingly global and interconnected approach to heritage in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

2014: Cultures of Intoxication

Supplement 9
Edited by Phil Withington and Angela McShane

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This Past & Present Supplement recovers the configuration of factors—social, political, cultural, material—that have combined to shape and inform intoxication in the past, in the present, and over time. For some contributors this has meant hazarding the feelings and perceptions induced by intoxicants and the circumstances of their consumption: in the symposia of ancient Greece, for example, or the dance floors of contemporary San Francisco and Hong Kong. For others it has involved deconstructing the manner in which ‘experience’ and ‘cognition’ are themselves defined and represented, be it in the ‘countercultural’ theories of the 1960s, the virulent colour schemes of contemporary brain scans, the symbolism of Renaissance painting, or the conduct literature of early modern England.

2013: Transnationalism and Contemporary Global History

Supplement 8
Edited by Matthew Hilton and Rana Mitter

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Edited by Matthew Hilton and Rana Mitter, this collection shifts attention away from the west to the non-western world, providing a forum for new voices from China, India, Kenya, and re-emergent societies in Eastern Europe. Exploiting newly opened archives and newly recorded oral history, the transnational histories in this volume see 1945 as the centre of a transitional period in which ideas and institutions endured. Exploring international institutions that tackled hunger and legal rights alongside ideas about global social welfare, they show that transnational processes could provide liberation in ways that the nation-state could not enable, but that they could also create a new and oppressive kind of imperialism. The essays here propose innovative and sometimes provocative approaches toward the transnational history of the mid-twentieth century, challenging the geography, the chronology, and the processes, of an interconnected global history.

2012: Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France

Supplement 7
Edited by Graeme Murdock, Penny Roberts, and Andrew Spicer

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This collection of essays, edited by Graeme Murdock, Penny Roberts, and Andrew Spicer, developed from a one-day conference—‘Religion and Violence in Early Modern France: The Work of Natalie Zemon Davis’—which was held in June 2008 at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. Five of the papers published here were initially delivered on that occasion, but the conference also sought to learn from the differing perspectives of violence outside sixteenth-century France. This concern is also reflected in this collection, which seeks to offer new insights and approaches to the relationship and significance of religion and violence as well as paying tribute to the immense contribution made in this field by the writings of Natalie Zemon Davis.

2011: Postwar Reconstruction in Europe: International Perspectives 1945-1949

Supplement 6
Edited by Mark Mazower, Jessica Reinisch, and David Feldman

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This collection of essays offers new insights into the aftermath of the Second World War. Rather than treating the years 1945 to 1949 as mere precursors of the Cold War, it takes them to be a crucial period in the reconstruction of European states and the re-modeling of European societies. Contributors explore key arenas, such as the revival of material production, the re-foundation of the state, its legitimacy and its monopoly of armed force, the legacies of empire, the treatment of dislocated populations and refugees, and the role of international organisations. As a result, the volume sets European reconstruction in a genuinely global framework for the first time.

2010: Relics and Remains

Supplement 5
Edited by Alexandra Walsham

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Edited by Alexandra Walsham, this wide-ranging collection of essays is the first to explore the relic as a religious and cultural phenomenon in a broad comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. It considers the ways in which human remains and material objects have become the focus of worship, celebrity, curiosity, and conflict in a range of eras and cultures stretching from antiquity to the twenty-first century, and from Western Europe to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, the Indian subcontinent and China. The contributors assess when and why bodies and belongings are revered as sacred by the adherents of different faiths, alongside the dynastic, ideological and ethnic contests and rivalries they have served to stimulate in a range of past societies. They examine the politics and economics of the identification, creation and use of relics and remains and their significance and function in the spheres of memory, history, and heritage. Bringing together historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and scholars of religion, the volume seeks to stimulate further research on this neglected but intriguing theme.

2009: The Politics of Gesture: Historical Perspectives

Supplement 4
Edited by Michael J. Braddick

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Edited by Michael J. Braddick, this volume brings together essays which range in time from early medieval to contemporary history, and in space across East and South Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Together, they explore self-presentation in face-to-face encounters, seeking to understand who is communicating what and with what success: the politics of non-verbal forms of expression. The aim is to open up discussion of the politics of gesture, adding a more explicitly political dimension to cultural histories of gesture while broadening the range of politics which have been addressed through studies of ritual.

2008: The Religion of Fools? Superstition Past and Present

Supplement 3
Edited by S.A. Smith and Alan Knight

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This supplement examines superstition in three aspects: superstition in a non-Christian context, superstition in Christendom, and superstition in the modern world. The text was edited by S.A. Smith and Alan Knight.

2007: Rodney Hilton's Middle Ages: An Exploration of Historical Themes

Supplement 2
Edited by Christopher Dyer, Peter Coss and Chris Wickham

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This collection of essays, based on original research, is an exploration of the sort of themes which Rodney Hilton worked on, in the light of recent research: particularly lord-peasant relationships, revolts, and urban/commercial development. It aims at summing up where these themes are at present and where they will go in the future. The volume was edited by Christopher Dyer, Peter Coss and Chris Wickham.

2006: The Art of Survival: Gender and History in Europe, 1450-2000

Supplement 1
Edited by Ruth Harris and Lyndal Roper

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The first in the series of Past & Present supplements was published in Autumn 2006 and edited by Ruth Harris and Lyndal Roper. The Art of Survival: Essays in Honour of Olwen Hufton discuss gender and history in Europe from 1450 – 2000.

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