Beyond the Berlin Wall

A look through the Contemporary European History (CEH) archives shows that the journal has led the charge to reevaluate the meaning of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The White Ant’s Burden

My article explores the different meanings of termites, or white ants, for the British empire in India... and shows how South Asians in the 19th and 20th centuries themselves internalised the British imperial rhetoric of white ants to pursue their own distinct political agendas.

Reforming Food and Eating in Protestant England, c. 1560 – c. 1640

In my article, I bring together theological tracts with those concerning diet (dietaries and regimens) to illuminate a printed discourse in which English Protestants sought to define a new relationship to everyday food and eating in light of the Reformation.

Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy in History

This special issue of Business History Review uses medieval, 19th century and 20th century examples to show that the union of entrepreneurship and philanthropy has a long history.

The ‘ideal’ diplomat: the role of Irish women at the League of Nations and United Nations, 1923-76

Using the League of Nations and United Nations as case studies, my article identifies the women involved in Irish diplomacy and the roles they undertook between 1923 and 1976.

From ‘nice girls’ to ‘cool girls’: Teenage sexuality in mid-twentieth-century England

Drawing upon original oral histories and reflective testimonies collected as part of the Mass Observation Project, my article explores the ways in which teenage girls’ friendship groups and extended network of classmates and peers shaped their sexual lives.

‘Great things are done when (Wo)Men & Mountains meet’. Cécile Morette and the Les Houches Summer School for Theoretical Physics (1951-1972)

This article explores the history of what was surely one of the strongest elements of that social apparatus, and one of the most innovative: the first and most effective ‘crash course’ in theoretical physics, the Les Houches School of Theoretical Physics, a summer school founded in 1951 by the young Cécile Morette (1922-1971), in a small alpine village.

Tyrolean stigmata in England: the voyage of the supernatural in the nineteenth century

Two young women in villages less than ten miles apart drew international attention from devout Catholics and sensation seekers.