‘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.

10 things we learned about the History of Reproduction

We brought together experts from several disciplines and challenged them to think about change and continuity in the history of procreation.

The materiality of marriage in the artisan community of Renaissance Verona

Building on recent scholarship studying the materiality of the non-elite this article investigates the domestic material culture of the artisan community in sixteenth-century Verona.

The Dark Side of Molecules: Politics and Chemistry in the 20th century

When trying to choose the science and the scientists that shaped the 20th century, many think about nuclear energy and the near mythical names of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, or perhaps about the revolution caused by molecular biology and the almost magical DNA and its 1953 discovery by James Watson and Francis Crick.…

John Locke and the Toleration of Catholics: A New Manuscript

Our article investigates the provenance and significance of the manuscript, showing how its content reveals that Locke is commenting on a book by Sir Charles Wolseley (1629/30-1714) called Liberty of conscience, the magistrates interest (1668), as a way of asking whether Catholics can be tolerated.

Before Political Theory

In our article, we argue that a major fault line in early-modern Britain was the propriety of engaging in abstract speculation on the political order, and that this constituted a particular context for debate over theory.

Malthusian Moments – a special issue from The Historical Journal

This special issue offers a series of essays focused on variously pivotal Malthusian ‘moments’, showing the extent to which Malthus remains a living presence in debates about demography and the industrial revolution, as well as the history and reception of political theory, particularly radical forms of egalitarianism.