CEH Prize winning article ‘The Scramble for Africa reloaded? Portugal, European colonial claims and the distribution of colonies in the 1930s’

The editors of Contemporary European History are delighted to announce the results of the 2019 CEH Prize, which was set up to encourage, recognize and promote high-quality research among postgraduate and early career scholars.…


Orlando Project: Special Access for Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month begins on 1 March 2020 and in recognition the Orlando textbase will be freely accessible without subscription for the entire month.…


Wildness and Domesticity: the Addo Elephant National Park in early 20th century South Africa

This blog accompanies Jules Skotnes-Brown’s Historical Journal article Domestication, Degeneration, and the Establishment of the Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa, 1910s–1930s


Federation, partnership, and the chronologies of space in 1950s East and Central Africa

My article traces four ‘sketches’ of East and Central African interdependence, charting how the Federation constrained possibilities for wider regional anti-colonial coordination. The Nairobi Anti-Federation League shows that in 1952 the Federation was considered an East African problem too.


Women and Gender in Mining: Challenging Masculinity through History

Taking a long-term and global labour history perspective, the editors highlight how, historically, the concept of masculinity became so interwoven with mining labour, and how this historical image is contradicted by the historical and present reality of mining around the world.


Sociability, radium and the maintenance of scientific culture and authority in 20th century Ireland: a case study of the Royal Dublin Society

The discovery of radium in 1898 spurred a range of public, industrial and scientific reactions. The public were enthralled by this near mystical element. Its ability to produce its own energy soon gave rise to a ‘radium craze’ in which promises of its health-giving properties were prominent. A range of supposed radium-based products, such as creams and fortified water, were quickly on sale.


Projections of Desire and Design in Early Modern Caribbean Maps

There is a unique pleasure that comes from being involved in research that exceeds the expertise of any single scholar. Perhaps every historian entertains ideas for such projects, yet demur when confronted with acquiring another language, familiarity with new archives or historiography, or proficiency in a different time period.


Appalachia and Laudato Si’: Developing the Connection between the Poor and the Environment

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis writes that the poor and the environment are connected. The poor suffer physically from environmental degradation and cry out along with the earth, and those with power must heed their cry. An examination of the Appalachian region and its people reveals that each of these three themes needs some development