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Past & Present Supplements

Past & Present Supplement Series

Past and Present Supplements


The Past and 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 Matthew Hilton, Arts Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT.
Email: m.j.hilton@bham.ac.uk.

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Supplement for 2013:

Transnationalism and Contemporary Global History


Edited by Matthew Hilton and Rana Miller, 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.

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Supplement for 2012:

Ritual and Violence: Natalie Zemon Davis and Early Modern France


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.

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Postwar Reconstruction in Europe: International Perspectives 1945-1949


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. This supplement was edited by Mark Mazower, Jessica Reinisch, and David Feldman.

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Relics and Remains


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.

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The Politics of Gesture: Historical Perspectives


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.

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The Religion of Fools? Superstition Past and Present


The latest 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.

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


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.

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The Art of Survival: Essays in Honour of Olwen Hufton


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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