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Concepts and Debates in Social and Cultural History

Concepts and Debates in Social and Cultural History, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Pete Maw
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Week 1: Introduction: Concepts in Social and Cultural History (Dr Pete Maw).  

Peter Burke, What is Cultural History? (Cambridge: Polity, 2004), 1-19.

Paula S. Fass, ‘Cultural History/Social History: Some Reflections on a Continuing Dialogue’, Journal of Social History. 37:1 (2003), 39-46 

Donald McRaild and Avram Taylor, Social Theory and Social History ISBN: 9780230802582 (e-book) (Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2004), chapter 5

Further reading

Victoria E. Bonnell and Lynn Hunt and Richard Biernacki (ed.) Beyond the cultural turn: New directions in the study of society and culture (London: University of California Press, 1999), introduction and chapters by Biernacki and Halttunen.

Peter Burke, History and Social Theory (Cambridge: Polity, 2005).

Geoff Eley and Keith Nield, ‘Starting over: the present, the postmodern and the moment of social history’, Social history., 10:3 (1995)

Geoff Eley, A crooked line : from cultural history to the history of society (University of Michigan Press, 2005).

Paula S. Fass, ‘Cultural History/Social History: Some Reflections on a Continuing Dialogue’, Journal of Social History. 37:1 (2003), 39-46.

Richard Gassan, ‘Social history for beginners: A “young scholar” looks at his new profession’, Journal of Social History. 37:1 (2003), 157-63.

Anna Green, Cultural History (Palgrave, 2007).

Lynn Hunt (ed), The New Cultural History (University of California Press, 1989).

Colin Jones, ‘Peter Mandler’s “Problem with Cultural History”, or, Is Playtime Over?’, Social and Cultural History 1:2 (2004), 209-215. Available online here

Patrick Joyce, ‘The end of social history?’, Social history., 10:1 (1995)

Patrick Joyce, "What is the social in social history?", Past & present., 206 (2010), 213-248.

Jurgen Kocha, ‘Losses, gains, and opportunities: Social History Today’, Journal of Social History. 37:1 (2003), pp. 21-8.

Peter Mandler, ‘The Problem with Cultural History’, Cultural and social history., 1:1 (2004), 94-117.

Nancy Partner and Sarah Foot (eds), The SAGE handbook of historical theory (SAGE, 2013).

Mark M. Smith, ‘Making sense of social history’, Journal of Social History.37:1 (2003), 165-186.

Peter N. Stearns, ‘Social history present and future’ Journal of Social History.37:1 (2003), 9-19. 

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Week 2: Approaches to Class (Prof. Malcolm Chase).

Key readings

Ross McKibbin, The Ideologies of Class. Social Relations in Britain, 1880-1950 (1990), 1-41. - Available online via Minerva

E.P. Thompson, The Making of the English Working Class, preface to 1963 edition [available online here: https://la.utexas.edu/users/hcleaver/357k/357kThompsonPrefacetable.pdf]

Further reading

David Cannadine, The rise and fall of class in Britain (1999), 1-23. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (SRJ 05/10/2017) 

Linda Colley, ‘Whose Nation? Class and National Consciousness in Britain 1750-1830’, Past & present., 113:4 (1986), 97-117.

Nicholas Gane, ‘Max Weber as Social Theorist: “Class, Status, and Party”’, European journal of social theory., 8:2 (2005), 211-26.

Brian Harrison, ‘Class and Gender in Modern Labour History’, Past & present., 124, (1989), 121-58.

David Harvie, review of Jan Pakulski and Malcolm Waters, The Death of Class, Capital & class. 21:2 (1997), 192-3.

Mike Hout et al, ‘The persistence of classes in post-industrial societies’, International sociology, 8:3 (1993), 259-77.

Patrick Joyce (ed.), Class (Oxford UP, 1995), chapters 1, 2, 18-23, 44, 45, 47. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Jon Lawrence, ‘The British sense of class: review article’, Journal of contemporary history., 35:2 (2000), 307-313

Ralph Miliband, Divided societies Class Struggle in Contemporary Capitalism (1989), pp. 1-18. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Jan Pakulski, ‘The dying of class or Marxist class theory?’, International sociology, 8/3, (1993), 279-92.

Sonya Rose, ‘Gender, Antagonism and Class Conflict. Exclusionary strategies of male trade unionists in nineteenth-century Britain’, Social history. 13:8 (1988), 191-208.

Margaret R Somers, ‘Narrativity, Narrative and Social Action: Rethinking English Working Class Formation’, Social Science History, 16:4 (1992), 591-630.

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Week 3: Constructions of Difference: Race, Religion and Orientalism (Dr Andrea Major)

Required Reading

Crispin Bates, ‘Race, caste and tribe in central India: the early origins of Indian anthropometry’ in P Robb (ed.), The concept of race in South Asia ISBN: 0195642686(pbk) : No price; 0195637674, (OUP India, 1995), pp. 219-59. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

John MacKenzie, Orientalism : history, theory and the arts ISBN: 9780719045783; 0719045789, (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995), esp. chaps 1 and 2. 

Shruti Kapila, 'Race matters: Orientalism and Religion, India and Beyond c. 1770–1880', Modern Asian studies. ISSN: 0026-749x, 41.03 (2007): 471-513.

Further Reading

Nicholas Hudson, ‘From "Nation" to "Race": The Origin of Racial Classification in Eighteenth-Century Thought’, Eighteenth-century studies. ISSN: 0013-2586. 29.3 (1996): 247-264.

Thomas Metcalf, Ideologies of the Raj, (Cambridge University Press, 1997). Ch 1 ‘introduction’

Richard King, 'Orientalism and the Modern Myth of Hinduism', Numen. ISSN: 0029-5973, 46.2 (1999): 146-185.

Edward Said, Orientalism, (London: Penguin, 1995), intro.

Jane Samson, Race and empire ISBN: 0582418372; 9780582418370; 9781317876052 (ebook), (London: Pearson Education, 2005), chapters 1, 2 and 3.

Lata Mani and Ruth Frankenberg, ‘The Challenge of Orientalism’, Economy and society. ISSN: 0308-5147, 14:2, 1985.

Reina Lewis, Gendering Orientalism : race, femininity, and representation ISBN: 0415124905 (pbk); 0415124891 (London: Routlege, 1996), intro and ch. 1

M. Yegenoglu, Colonial fantasies : towards a feminist reading of Orientalism ISBN: 0521626587 (pbk); 052148233X, (California University Press, 1998).

P. Williams and L. Chrisman, Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory, (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994), part 2.

A.L. MacFie, Orientalism : a reader ISBN: 9780814756652; 0814756654 (pbk.); 0814756646 (cloth), (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2000), esp sections 10, 11 and 12

Lisa Lowe, Critical terrains : French and British orientalisms ISBN: 0801425794 (cloth : alk. paper), (Berkely: University of California Press, 1991), esp intro

Bart Moore-Gilbert, Postcolonial theory : contexts, practices, politics. ISBN: 1859849091; 1859840345 (pbk.) : £14.00, (London: Verso, 1997), esp section on Said.

Janika Nair, 'Uncovering the Zenana: Visions of Indian Womanhood in Englishwomen's Writing, 1813-1940', Journal of women's history. ISSN: 1042-7961, 2:1, 1990:

Bart Moore-Gilbert, Writing India, 1757-1990 : the literature of British India ISBN: 0719042666 (pbk); 0719042658, (Manchester University Press ND, 1996)

Amul Chatterjee, Representations of India, 1740-1840 : the creation of India in the colonial imagination ISBN: 0333689429; 0312211457 (London: MacMillan, 1998).

P. J. Marshall, ‘Taming the Exotic. The British and India in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries’ in Rousseau and Porter (eds) Exoticism in the enlightenment ISBN: 0719026776 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1990)

P.J. Marshall and G. Williams, The great map of mankind : British perceptions of the World in the age of enlightenment, (London: Dent, 1982).

Ronald Inden, 'Orientalist Constructions of India', Modern Asian studies. ISSN: 0026-749x, 20.3 (1986): 401-46.

Roxann Wheeler, The complexion of race : categories of difference in eighteenth-century British culture ISBN: 0812217225 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 081223541X (acid-free paper); 9780812200140 (ebook) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000), introduction

Sankar Muthu, Enlightenment against empire ISBN: 0691115176 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0691115168 (hc : alk. paper), (Princeton University Press, 2003).

Ivan Hannaford, Race : the history of an idea in the West ISBN: 0801852234 (pbk) : £16.50; 0801852226 (Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1996), ch. 7 and 8.

Kenan Malik, The meaning of race : race, history and culture in western society ISBN: 0333628586 (pbk); 0333628578 (NYU Press, 1996), ch. 2 and 3.

Nancy Stepan, The idea of race in science : Great Britain 1800-1960 ISBN: 0333288564 (Macmillan, 1982)

Eze Emmanuel Chukwudi, Race and the Enlightenment : a reader ISBN: 0631201378 (pbk. : alk. paper); 063120136X (hbk. : alk. paper) (Blackwells, 1997)

Colin Kidd, The forging of races : race and scripture in the Protestant Atlantic world, 1600-2000 ISBN: 9780521797290 (pbk.) : £14.99; 9780521793247 (hbk.) : £40.00; 0521793246 (hbk.) : £40.00; 0521797292 (pbk.) : £14.99; 9781107158740 (ebook) (Cambridge University Press; 2006), ch. 4 and 5.

Howard Malchow, Gothic images of race in nineteenth-century Britain ISBN: 0804726647; 0804727937 (pbk. : alk. paper), (Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press, 1996).

Richard King, 'Orientalism and the Modern Myth of Hinduism', Numen. ISSN: 0029-5973, 46.2 (1999): 146-185.

Brian Pennington, Was Hinduism invented? : Britons, Indians, and colonial construction of religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). Ch. On ‘Bloody and Lascivious Rites’

Andrea Major, Slavery, abolitionism and empire in India, 1772-1843 ISBN: 9781846317583 (hbk); 9781846317255 (ebook) (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012), ch. 7.

Geoffrey A. Oddie, ‘“Orientalism” and British Protestant Missionary Constructions of India in the Nineteenth Century’, South Asia : Journal of South Asian Studies. ISSN: 0085-6401. 17:2, (1994): 27-42.

Sharada Sugirtharajah, Imagining Hinduism : a postcolonial perspective ISBN: 0415257441 (pbk); 0415257433, (Routledge, 2004), Chapter 3.

Anna Johnston, Missionary writing and empire, 1800-1860 ISBN: 9780521049559; 0521049555 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).

Geoffrey A. Oddie Imagined Hinduism : British Protestant missionary constructions of Hinduism, 1793-1900 (New Delhi: Sage, 2006).

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Week 4: Microhistory (Dr Alex Bamji). 

Required reading

Brad S. Gregory, ‘Is Small Beautiful? Microhistory and the History of Everyday Life’, History and theory. ISSN: 0018-2656 38:1 (1999): 100-110. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/2505319

Filippo de Vivo, ‘Prospect or refuge? Microhistory, history on the large scale’, Cultural and social history. ISSN: 1478-0038; 1478-0046 7:3 (2010): 387-397. [ejournal] 

Further reading 

Tonio Andrade, ‘A Chinese Farmer, Two African Boys, and a Warlord: Toward a Global Microhistory’, Journal of World History ISSN: 1045-6007 21:4 (2010): 573-91. 

John Brewer, ‘Microhistory and the Histories of Everyday Life’, Cultural and social history. ISSN: 1478-0038; 1478-0046 7:1 (2010): 87-109. 

Robert Darnton, ‘The Symbolic Element in History’, The journal of modern history. ISSN: 0022-2801; 1537-5358 58 (1986), pp. 218-34. 

Clifford Geertz, ‘Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese cockfight’, in The Interpretation of Cultures (New York, 1973), pp. 412-453. 

Carlo Ginzburg, ‘Microhistory: Two or Three Things That I Know about It’, Critical inquiry. ISSN: 0093-1896 20:1 (1993): 10-35. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/1343946

Carlo Ginzburg and C. Poni, ‘The name and the game’, in E. Muir and G. Ruggiero (eds), Microhistory and the lost peoples of Europe ISBN: 0801841828 (alk. paper); 0801841836 (pbk) (Baltimore and London, 1991) 

Jürgen Kocka, ‘Comparison and Beyond’, History and theory. ISSN: 0018-2656 42:1 (2003): 39-44. 

Jill Lepore, ‘Historians Who Love Too Much: Reflections on Microhistory and Biography’, The Journal of American history. ISSN: 0021-8723 88:1 (2001): 129-144. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/2674921

*Giovanni Levi, ‘On Microhistory’, in Peter Burke (ed.), New Perspectives on Historical Writing (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2001), pp. 97-119. 

Edward Muir and Guido Ruggiero (eds.), Microhistory and the lost peoples of Europe ISBN: 0801841828 (alk. paper); 0801841836 (pbk) (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991) 

Francesca Trivellato, ‘Is there a future for Italian microhistory in the age of global history?’, California Italian Studies 2:1 (2011): http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0z94n9hq 

Examples of microhistories 

David Cressy, Agnes Bowker's cat : travesties and transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England ISBN: 0192825305 : £9.99; 9780192825308 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001). 

Thomas V. Cohen and Elizabeth S. Cohen, Words and deeds in Renaissance Rome : trials before the papal magistrates (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993). 

Robert Darnton, The Great Cat Massacre and other Episodes in French Cultural History (New York, 1984), ch. 2: ‘Workers Revolt: The Great Cat Massacre of the Rue Saint-Séverin’. 

Natalie Zemon Davis, The Return of Martin Guerre (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1983) 

Natalie Zemon Davis, Trickster travels : a sixteenth-century Muslim between worlds ISBN: 9780571234790 

John Demos, The unredeemed captive : a family story from early America ISBN: 0394557824 (1995) 

Eamon Duffy, The voices of Morebath : Reformation and rebellion in an English village ISBN: 0300091850 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000) 

Giovanna Fiume, ‘The Old Vinegar Lady, or the Judicial Modernization of the Crime of Witchcraft’, in Edward Muir and Guido Ruggiero (eds.), History from crime ISBN: 0801847338 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 080184732X (acid-free paper) (Baltimore, 1993), pp. 65-87. 

Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller, trans. John and Anne Tedeschi (Baltimore, 1980) 

Steve Hindle, ‘The shaming of Margaret Knowsley: gossip, gender and the experience of authority in early modern England’, Continuity and Change ISSN: 0268-4160; 1469-218X (1994): 391-419. 

Giovanni Levi, Inheriting power : the story of an exorcist ISBN: 0226474178; 0226474186 (pbk), trans. Lydia G. Cochrane (Chicago and London, 1988) 

Keith Wrightson, Ralph Tailor's summer : a scrivener, his city, and the plague ISBN: 9780300174472 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300174470 (cloth : alk. paper); 0978300174472 (cloth : alk. paper) (Yale University Press, 2011). 


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Week 5: Gender (Dr. Alexia Moncrieff).

Key readings

Margaret Higonnet and Patrice Higonnet, ‘The Double Helix’, in M.R. Higonnet, J. Jenson, S. Michel and M. Collins (eds), Behind the lines : gender and the two world wars (London, 1987), pp.31-47.

Michael Roper, ‘Slipping Out of View: Subjectivity and Emotion in Gender History’ History workshop journal. 59:1 (2005), 57-72 [http://hwj.oxfordjournals.org/content/59/1/57.abstract]

Joan W. Scott, ‘Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis’, The American historical review., Vol. 91, No. 5 (1986), 1053-1075. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/1864376]

John Tosh, ‘What Should Historians Do with Masculinity? Reflections on Nineteenth-Century Britain’, History workshop., 38 (1994), 179-202. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/4289324]

Further Reading

Women and femininities

Adrian Bingham, ‘An Era of Domesticity'? Histories of Women and Gender in Interwar Britain’, Cultural and social history. 1:2 (2004), pp.225-233.

Gisela Bock, ‘Women's History and Gender History: Aspects of an International Debate’, Gender & history. 1:1 (1989).

Leonore Davidoff, ‘Gender and the "Great Divide": Public and Private in British Gender History’, Journal of women's history. 15:1 (2003), 11-27.

Catherine Hall, White, male and middle-class : explorations in feminism and history (Cambridge: Polity, 1995), all, but especially chs. 3, 6 and 7.

Mary E. John, Discrepant dislocations : feminism, theory, and postcolonial histories(Berkeley, University of California Press, 1996).

Deborah King, ‘Multiple Jeopardy, Multiple Consciousness: The Context of a Black Feminist Ideology’, Signs., 14:1 (1988), 42-72. [http://www.jstor.org/stable/3174661]

Madhu Kishwar, ‘Why I do not Call Myself a Feminist’, Manushi No. 61 (1990), available online: http://www.manushi.in/blog_content.php?blogid=23&pgno=1

Reina Lewis, Gendering Orientalism : race, femininity, and representation (London: Routledge, 1996), intro and ch. 1.

J. Liddle and S Rai, ‘Feminism, Imperialism and Orientalism: the challenge of the Indian woman’, Women's history review., 7:4 (1998).

Ania Loomba, ‘Tangled Histories: Indian Feminism and Anglo-American Feminist Criticism’, in Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature (1993).

Lata Mani, ‘Multiple Mediations: Feminist Scholarship in the Age of Multinational Reception’, Feminist review. 35 (1990).

C.T. Mohanty, Feminism without borders : decolonizing theory, practicing solidarity(Durham: Duke, 2003)

C. T. Mohanty, ‘Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses’, Feminist review. (1988), [http://www.jstor.org/stable/1395054] also in Williams and Chrisman, Colonial Discourse and Post-colonial Theory (Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994).

Mary Poovey, Uneven developments: the ideological work of gender in mid-Victorian England, (London: Virago, 1989).

Elizabeth Roberts, A woman's place : an oral history of working-class women 1890-1940 (Oxford, 1984).

Louise A. Tilly, ‘Gender, Women's History, and Social History’, Social Science History 13:4 (1989), 439-462.

Amanda Vickery, ‘Golden Age to Separate Spheres? A Review of the Categories and Chronology of English Women's History’, The historical journal., 36:2 (1993), 383-414.

Amanda Vickery, The gentleman's daughter : women's lives in Georgian England (New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1998).

Men and masculinities

John H. Arnold and Sean Brady (eds), What is masculinity? [electronic resource] : historical dynamics from antiquity to the contemporary world (Basingstoke, 2011).

R. W. Connell, ‘The Big Picture: Masculinities in Recent World History', Theory and society., 22:5, Special Issue: Masculinities (1993), 597-623.

R. W. Connell, 'The history of masculinity', Rachel Adams and David Savran (eds), The masculinity studies reader (2002).

Stefan Dudink, Karen Hagemann and John Tosh (eds), Masculinities in politics and war : gendering modern history (Manchester, 2004).

Martin Francis, 'The Domestication of the Male? Recent Research on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Masculinity', The historical journal. 45:3 (2002), 637-652.

Karen Harvey and Alexandra Shepard, ‘What Have Historians Done with Masculinity? Reflections on Five Centuries of British History, circa 1500–1950’, The journal of British studies. 44 (2005), pp.274-80.

Stephen Heathorn, 'How Stiff were their Upper Lips? Research on Late-Victorian and Edwardian Masculinity', History compass. 2 (2004) BI 093, 1–7.

Matt Houlbrook, Queer London : perils and pleasures in the sexual metropolis, 1918-1957 (Chicago, 2006).

Lynne Segal, Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men (3rd edn, Basingstoke, 2007).

Mrinalini Sinha, ‘Giving Masculinity a History: Some Contributions from the Historiography of Colonial India’, Gender & history. 11:3 (1999), 445–460.

Mrinalini Sinha, Colonial masculinity : the 'manly Englishman' and the 'effeminate Bengali' in the late nineteenth century (Manchester University Press, 1995).

Heather Streets, Martial races : the military, race, and masculinity in British imperial culture, 1857-1914 (MUP, 2004).

John Tosh, Manliness and masculinities in nineteenth-century Britain : essays on gender, family and empire (Pearson Education, 2005).

John Tosh, A man's place : masculinity and the middle-class home in Victorian England (Yale University Press, 2007).

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Week 6: Animal History (Dr. Jonathan Saha)

Key Readings

Erica Fudge, ‘A Left-Handed Blow: Writing the History of Animals’, in Nigel Rothfels ed. Representing Animals(Bloomington, 2003), pp. 3-18.

Claire Huot, ‘The Dog-Eared Dictionary: Human-Animal Alliance in Chinese Civilization’, The journal of Asian studies., vol. 74, no. 3 (2015), pp. 589-613.

Sarah Cheang, ‘Women, Pets, and Imperialism: The British Pekingese Dog and Nostalgia for Old China’, The journal of British studies., vol. 45, no. 2 (2006), pp. 359-387.

Further Reading

Joanna Bourke, What it means to be human : reflections from 1791 to the present(London, 2011).

Helen Cowie, Exhibiting animals in nineteenth-century Britain : empathy, education, entertainment (Basingstoke, 2014).

Erica Fudge, ‘Milking Other Men’s Beasts’, History and theory., vol. 52, no. 4 (2013), pp. 13-28.

Donna Haraway, The companion species manifesto : dogs, people, and significant otherness (Chicago, 2003).

Donna Haraway, ‘Teddy Bear Patriarchy: Taxidermy in the Garden of Eden, New York City, 1908-1936’, Social text., vol. 11 (1984), pp. 20-64.

Jason Hribal, ‘“Animals Are Part of the Working Class”: A Challenge to Labor History’, Labor history., vol. 44, no. 4 (2003), pp. 435-453.

Nancy Jacobs, ‘The Great Bophuthatswana Donkey Massacre: Discourse on the Ass and the Politics of Class and Grass’, The American historical review., vol. 106, no. 2 (2001), pp. 485-507.

Hilda Kean, ‘Challenges for Historians Writing Animal Human History: What Is Really Enough?’, Anthrozoos, vol. 25, no. 1 (2012), pp. 57-72. Available online: http://hildakean.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/anthrozoos-animal-human-history.pdf

Hilda Kean, Animal Rights: Political and Social Change in Britain since 1800(London: 2000).

Alan Mikhail, ‘Unleashing the Beast: Animals, Energy, and the Economy of Labor in Ottoman Egypt’, The American historical review., vol. 118, no. 2 (2013), pp. 317-348.

Anand S. Pandian, ‘Predatory Care: The Imperial Hunt in Mughal and British India’, Journal of historical sociology., vol. 14, no. 1 (2001), pp. 79-107.

Harriet Ritvo, ‘Animal Planet’, Environmental history., vol. 9, no. 2 (2004), pp. 204-220.

Harriet Ritvo, Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age(Cambridge, MA, 1987).

Londa Schiebinger, ‘Why Mammals are Called Mammals: Gender Politics in Eighteenth-Century Natural History’, The American historical review., vol. 98, no. 2 (1993), 382-411.

Aaron Skabelund, ‘Animals and Imperialism: Recent Historiographical Trends’, History compass., vol. 11, no. 10 (2013), pp. 801-807.

Joshua Sprecht, ‘Animal History after its Triumph: Unexpected Animals, Evolutionary Approaches, and the Animal Lens’, History compass., vol. 14, no. 7 (2016), pp. 326-336.

Sandra Swart, ‘“But Where’s the Bloody Horse?”: Textuality and Corporeality in the “Animal Turn”’, Journal of literary studies, vol. 23, no. 3 (2007), pp. 271-292.

Keith Thomas, Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England 1500-1800(London, 1984).

Brett L. Walker, ‘Animals and the Intimacy of History’, History and theory., vol. 52, no. 4 (2013), pp. 45-67.

Sam White, ‘From Globalized Pig Breeds to Capitalist Pigs: A Study in Animal Cultures and Evolutionary History’, Environmental history., vol. 16, no. 1 (2011), pp. 94-120.

Iman Jackson Zakiyyah, ‘Animal: New Directions in the Theorization of Race and Posthumanism’, Feminist Studies., vol. 39, no. 3 (2013), pp. 669-685.


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Week 7: Individual meetings on case study of applied theory (Dr Pete Maw, timings to be discussed by email)

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Week 8: Memory (Dr Peter Anderson)


All students need to read the compulsory readings. Please also select some readings from the other sections. You will be expected to able to explain the texts you have read and to be able to analyse their strengths and weaknesses.



 Jay Winter, ‘The Generation of Memory: reflections on the “memory boom” in contemporary historical studies’, German Historical Institute London Bulletin., Supplement27,3 (2000), pp. 363-397. 


Pierre Nora, ‘Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire’, Representations., 26, Special Issue: Memory and Counter Memory 26 (Spring 1989), 7-24

George L. Mosse, ‘National Cemeteries and National Revival: the cult of the fallen soldiers in Germany’, Journal of contemporary history. ISSN: 0022-0094 (1979), pp. 1-20.


Alon Confino, ‘Collective Memory and Cultural History: Problems of Method’, The American historical review. 105.2 (December 1997), 1386-1403.


David William Lloyd. Battlefield tourism : pilgrimage and the commemoration of the Great Warin Britain, Australia and Canada, 1919-1939, (London: Bloomsbury 2014)

Robert G. Moeller, War stories : the search for a usable past in the Federal Republic of Germany ISBN: 0520239105 (pbk.), (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001)

George L Mosse, Fallen soldiers : reshaping the memory of the world wars ISBN: 0195071395; 0195062477 (alk. paper), (Oxford University Press, 1990)

Peter Novak, The Holocaust and collective memory : the American experience ISBN: 0747547734, (London: Bloomsbury, 2000)

Jay Winter, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

SECTION C FIND OUT MORE – Read at least one item

Paloma Aguilar, Memory and amnesia : the role of the Spanish Civil War in the transition to democracy ISBN: 1571814965 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1571817573 (cloth : alk. paper), (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2002)

Peter Anderson ‘In the Name of the Martyrs: Memory and Retribution in Francoist Southern Spain, 1936–45’, Cultural and social history. ISSN: 1478-0038; 1478-0046, 8,3 (2011), pp. 355-370.

Angela Cenarro ‘Memory beyond the Public Sphere: the Francoist repression remembered in Aragon’, History & memory. ISSN: 0935-560x 14, 1, (2002), pp. 165-188.

Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco and Peter Anderson, ‘Property, the Forging of Francoism and Collective Memory’, International journal of Iberian studies. ISSN: 1352-7258, 30, 2 (2017), pp. 73-92.

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Week 9: Biography (Prof. Stephen Alford)

Key readings

Fred Inglis, ‘The short happy life of Frank Thompson’, in The cruel peace : everyday life in the Cold War (London: Aurum Press, 1992), pp. 3-31. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Noah Moxham, ‘An experimental “Life” for an experimental life: Richard Waller’s biography of Robert Hooke (1705)’, British journal for the history of science., 49 (2016), pp. 27-51.

Further reading

AHR roundtable on historians and biography, The American historical review., 114 (2009), pp. 573-661 [see Banner, Fleming and Kessler-Harris below]

Banner, Lois W., ‘Biography as history’, The American historical review., 114 (2009), pp. 579-86

Bradford, Richard, ed., Life writing : essays on autobiography, biography and literature (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Caine, Barbara, ‘Biography and the question of historical distance’, in Rethinking historical distance, ed. Mark Salber Phillips, Barbara Caine and Julia Adeney Thomas (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 67-83. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Cannadine, David, ‘From biography to history: writing the modern British monarchy’, Historical research., 77 (2004), pp. 289-312.

Collingwood, R.G., The idea of history, ed. Jan van der Dussen (2005 edn), pp. 302-4.

Fleming, Robin, ‘Writing biography at the edge of history’, The American historical review., 114 (2009), pp. 606-14.

Hacohen, Malachi, ‘Rediscovering intellectual biography – and its limits’, History of Political Economy., 39 annual supplement (2007), pp. 9-29.

Kessler-Harris, Alice, ‘Why biography?’, The American historical review., 114 (2009), pp. 625-30.

Murphy, Clare M., ‘Erasmus as biographer of Thomas More and his family’, in Erasmus and the Renaissance republic of letters, ed. Stephen Ryle (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), pp. 85-104. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Roberts, Brian, ‘Biography, time and local history-making’, Rethinking history, 8 (2004), pp. 89-102.

Thomas, Keith, Changing conceptions of national biography : the Oxford DNB in historical perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Wendorf, Richard, The elements of life : biography and portrait-painting in Stuart and Georgian England (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.

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Week 10: Subaltern Studies (Dr Cathy Coombs)

Key Readings

Guha, Ranajit, ‘On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial India’ in Ranajit Guha, ed., Subaltern studies: writings on South Asian history and society I (Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), pp. 1-8.

O’Hanlon, Rosalind, ‘Recovering the Subject: Subaltern Studies and the Histories of Resistance in Colonial South Asia’ (Review Article), Modern Asian studies., 22, 1 (1988), 189-224

Pandey, Gyanendra, 'Review Article on Cambridge School Writings on Indian Nationalism', Indian Economic & Social History Review, XI, 2-3 (1974), 326-340

Seal, Anil, ‘Imperialism and Nationalism in India’, Modern Asian studies., 7, 3 (1973), 321-347

Further Reading

‘Cambridge School’

Bayly, C. A., ‘Patrons and Politics in Northern India’, Modern Asian studies., 7, 3 (1973), 349-388

Gallagher, John, ‘Congress in Decline: Bengal, 1930 to 1939’, Modern Asian studies., 7, 3 (1973), 589-645

Gallagher, John, ‘Nationalisms and the Crisis of Empire, 1919-1922’, Modern Asian studies., 15, 3 (1981), 355-368

Gallagher, John and Anil Seal, ‘Britain and India between the Wars’, Modern Asian studies., 15, 3 (1981), 387-414

Gallagher, John, Gordon Johnson and Anil Seal, (eds.), Locality, province, and nation : essays on Indian politics 1870 to 1940, reprinted from Modern Asian studies 1973 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973)

See also review of the above in Modern Asian studies., 9, 2 (1975) by D. A. Low

Gordon, Richard, ‘Non-Cooperation and Council Entry, 1919 to 1920’, Modern Asian studies., 7, 3 (1973), 443-473

Gordon, Richard, ‘The Hindu Mahasabha and the Indian National Congress, 1915 to 1926’, Modern Asian studies., 9, 2 (1975), 145-203

Johnson, Gordon, ‘Partition, Agitation and Congress: Bengal 1904 to 1908’, Modern Asian studies., 7, 3 (1973), 533-588

Page, David, Prelude to partition: the Indian Muslims and the imperial system of control, 1920-1932 (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Ø See also David Lelyveld’s review of the above in The American historical review., 89, 2 (1984), 505-506

Robinson, Francis, ‘Municipal Government and Muslim Separatism in the United Provinces, 1883 to 1916’, Modern Asian studies., 7, 3 (1973), 389-441

Robinson, Francis, ‘The Congress and the Muslims’, in Paul R. Brass and Francis Robinson, eds., The Indian National Congress and Indian society, 1885-1985 : ideology social structure and political dominance (Delhi: Chanakya, 1987). 

Seal, Anil, ‘Imperialism and Nationalism in India’, Modern Asian studies., 7, 3 (1973), 321-347

Subaltern Studies

Amin, Shahid, ‘Gandhi as Mahatma: Gorakhpur District, Eastern UP, 1921-2’ in Ranajit Guha, ed., Subaltern studies : writings on South Asian history and society III (Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984), pp. 1-61

Chaturvedi, Vinayak, (ed.), Mapping subaltern studies and the postcolonial (London: Verso, 2000)

Hardiman, David, ‘The Indian ‘Faction’: A Political Theory Examined’ in Ranajit Guha, ed., Subaltern studies : writings on South Asian history and society I (Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), pp. 198-232

Hardiman, David, (ed.), Peasant resistance in India 1858-1914 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992)

Pandey, Gyanendra, 'Mobilisation in a Mass Movement: Congress "Propaganda" in United Provinces, 1930-34', Modern Asian studies., 9, 2 (1975), 205-226

Pandey, Gyanendra, ‘Peasant Revolt and Indian Nationalism: The Peasant Movement in Awadh, 1919-1922’ in Ranajit Guha, ed., Subaltern studies : writings on South Asian history and society I(Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), pp. 143-197

Pandey, Gyanendra, The ascendancy of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, 1926-34 : a study in imperfect mobilization(Delhi; New York: Oxford University Press, 1978)

Sarkar, Sumit, ‘The Conditions and Nature of Subaltern Militancy: Bengal from Swadeshi to Non-Cooperation, c. 1905-1922’ in Ranajit Guha, ed., Subaltern studies : writings on South Asian history and society III (Delhi; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984), pp. 271-320

Sarkar, Sumit, The Swadeshi movement in Bengal, 1903-1908 (New Delhi: People’s Publishing House, 1973)

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Week 11: Individual meetings on essays and dissertations (Dr Pete Maw)

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