From Under the Elbow to Pointing to the Palm: Learning “medicine by the book” in premodern China

My article thus focuses on transformations in the main metaphors in ancient to late medieval titles of Chinese medical books used to convey to potential readers their ‘learning-by-the-book’ contents.

Boğaziçi University Protests and State Homophobia in Turkey

Boğaziçi University Protests and State Homophobia in Turkey

No Frontiers? Literary Intellectuals and International Relations in the Wake of World War One

PEN’s 1927 charter encapsulated both the tensions between and the interrelatedness of nationalism and internationalism which permeated the political and cultural spheres in the interwar period.

A ‘Swedish Offensive’ at the World Fairs in the 1930s

How does a country project a certain image of itself? What place have the advertising professions had in the history of cultural diplomacy? How have small countries attempted to attract the attention of foreign publics? Our research seeks to answer these questions, and the Swedish national pavilions at the world’s fairs in Brussels 1935, Paris 1937 and New York 1939 provide a very rich case study.

Gain Weight, Have Fun, Discover the Motherland: The German–Polish Children’s Summer Camp Exchange and Interwar Era Revisionism

This accompanies Peter Polak-Springer’s Contemporary European History article Gain Weight, Have Fun, Discover the Motherland: The German–Polish Children’s Summer Camp Exchange and Interwar Era Revisionism After the First World War Germany lost its eastern borderlands to Poland, among them a region called Upper Silesia.…

Cultural Diplomacy and Europe’s Twenty Years’ Crisis, 1919–1939

most of the core practices of modern cultural diplomacy emerged in a period of desperate military and economic danger: the period between the world wars that E. H. Carr famously called ‘the twenty years’ crisis’.

The China Quarterly at 60: A Special Anniversary Issue

Founded in 1960, The China Quarterly is on the eve of entering its seventh decade of publishing world-class research on China.…

The Political Theory of American Populism

The study of the late nineteenth-century American Populist movement has long been one of the liveliest fields in American historiography. This stature definitely is fitting for one of the most formidable social movements in American history – and an uncomfortable outlier to today’s anti-populist consensus.

Bringing the Past to (Virtual) Life through Digital History Research and Pedagogy

The Mitford and Launditch Hundred House of Industry, now the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Museum, presents the historian with major opportunities for (re)imagining the past. Our digital modelling necessitated pulling off the mask it currently wears as a museum, stripping away the residue of its time as a twentieth-century Old Age Home, and uncovering the architectural and functional changes that turned it into a Union Workhouse of the New Poor Law period, after 1834.

Why remember the fifth of November?

It shows that the king did not share the interpretation of the Gunpowder plot and the purposes of thanksgiving which were propounded by parliament and by generations of English preachers and writers... as further justification for anti-catholic beliefs and policies.


When, in September 2019, the editors of the Journal of Modern African Studies invited Professor Moses Ochonu, a historian at Vanderbilt University, to write a brief on recurrent xenophobia in South Africa, we were unsettled by the apparent contradiction between repeated attacks on individuals from other African countries, and the idea of Ubuntu, a philosophical insistence on Afro-human solidarity championed most vigorously within the South African academy.

Revisiting retrenchment: Tracing the decision to withdraw from East of Suez

Why did the United Kingdom withdraw from its large military bases in the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia during the Cold War?…