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Summer 2015 Newsletter

I. Save the Date: 2016 Britain and the World Conference in London

We are pleased to announce that the ninth annual Britain and the World Conference will take place at Senate House at the University of London from 23 to 26 June 2016. At this time, we would like to invite our newsletter readers to mark their calendars and make preliminary arrangements for attendance to what promises to be a fantastic event.  More information will be available in the coming weeks on and in the next edition of the newsletter, including a formal Call for Papers.

II. Britain and the World Journal as Premier Outlet for Research

As the new academic year begins, we would like to invite our newsletter readers to consider the British Scholar Society’s journal, Britain and the World, as an outlet for their research. A biannual, peer-reviewed journal published by Edinburgh University Press, Britain and the World is recognized as one of the top resources not only in British history but in the field of history in general, with a 2012 impact factor rating in the Thomson Reuters SSCI index of .231 (giving it a rank of 34th out of 69 indexed history journals worldwide).

Britain and the World is an ideal place for articles whose focus is on Britain and its global interactions, whether carried out in an imperial, extra-imperial, or domestic space, from the early modern period to the present. Articles chosen for publication are sure to reach a wide audience and inspire further conversation on topics and issues important to the field. Those interested in submitting an article to Britain and the World should visit EUP’s website for the journal at Specific instructions for submissions can also be found at

III. New Books in “Britain and the World” Book Series

The British Scholar Society is pleased to announce two new additions to its book series, “Britain and the World,” published by Palgrave Macmillan: Steven L. Keck’s British Burma in the New Century, 1895-1918 and Tancred Bradshaw’s The Glubb Reports: Glubb Pasha and Britain’s Empire Project in the Middle East 1920-1956. More information on these interesting and important volumes can be found at the following link, which also has instructions on how to contact the book series editors with a title to be considered for publication:

IV. Associate Editor’s Research Draws Praise in American Historical Review

Society Associate Editor Dr. Helene von Bismarck’s book, British Policy in the Persian Gulf, 1961-1968: Conceptions of Informal Empire (published in 2013 in the Society’s “Britain and the World” series from Palgrave Macmillan), has been praised in a recent review in the American Historical Review as “an admirable overview of the operations of informal empire in the Persian Gulf during the 1960s.” An extract from reviewer Spencer Mawby’s piece is available at the following link, which also contains citation information for those who would like to access the full review via organizational or institutional subscriptions to the AHR:

V. Assistant General Editor on How Video Games Help Us Understand History

Society Assistant General Editor Robert Whitaker has published an essay on the UK video game website Rock, Paper, Shotgun, titled “How Thinking Like a Historian Can Help You Understand Games, from The Witcher 3 to Assassin’s Creed.” In it, Dr. Whitaker argues that understanding video games can help you understand history and the development of historical interpretation. Please visit the following link to read his thoughtful and compelling conclusions about the way video games reflect not only historical ideas and debates but also the way history, as a field, is understood on a social and cultural level:

VI. Associate Editor on British Imperialism and the Ionian Islands

Society Associate Editor and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Leslie Rogne Schumacher, has contributed a chapter on Britain’s Ionian protectorate to the book Imperial Expectations and Realities: El Dorados, Utopia and Dystopias (ed. Andrekos Varnava), to be published in September 2015 in Manchester University Press’ well-known “Studies in Imperialism” series edited by John MacKenzie and Andrew Thompson. Dr. Schumacher’s chapter, titled “Greek Expectations: Britain and the Ionian Islands, 1815-1864,” explores the history of one of Britain’s least-discussed imperial projects, noting the distance between the expectations the British government had of the islands and the material, political, and cultural realities the British confronted there. Information on the volume, which should be of broader interest to scholars of imperialism as well, can be found at the following link:

VII. British Pathé Releases Over 85,000 Films on YouTube

The famous newsreel and documentary production company (now an archive of historical footage), British Pathé, has released all of its archival footage on YouTube. Over 85,000 film clips of significance to a wide range of historical topics can be found via British Pathé’s YouTube channel, A write-up on this rich resource for scholars, educators, and the public can be found at the following link:

VIII. Conference: Centre for Port & Maritime History

The Centre for Port & Maritime History (CPMH) will hold its annual conference in Liverpool, UK on 18 September 2015. This year’s theme is “The Environmental History of Ports and Ocean Trade,” and we invite our newsletter readers to consider attending this event, which should see a fascinating conversation on the intersection between maritime studies, economic and sociocultural history, and environmental history. More information can be obtained by emailing Simon Hill (click to email)  (SdotJdotHill1at2011dotljmudotacdotuk)   or by visiting the following link:

IX. Call for Papers: International Conference of Europeanists

We would like to draw our readers’ attention to the following Call for Papers for the 23rd Annual International Conference of Europeanists:

Call for Papers: “Resilient Europe?”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. • April 14-16, 2016
Organized by the Council for European Studies

Resilience is the capacity to survive, to bounce back and to innovate in the wake of extraordinary stress or unexpected crises. Psychologists view resilience as a character trait. Today, researchers and scholars of all stripes are beginning to understand resilience as constitutive of societies as well as of individuals.

The Program Committee for the 23rd International Conference of Europeanists invites participants to consider contemporary Europe’s capacity for resilience. Since the financial crisis began in 2008, stresses and shocks of various sorts have posed dilemmas that challenge Europe’s resilience in economic, political, and cultural domains. How will European economies confront slow growth and austerity, as well as the atrophy of “social Europe” and the growth of inequality? How will demographic decline combined with immigration and assimilation affect the ethnic composition of Europe? Will the protracted Eurozone crisis and waning public support for European institutions and policies alter the viability of the European project? How will secular Europe confront the challenges of religious mobilization? How will European democracies confront the rise of nationalist parties and the valorization of “illiberalism” as viable political practice? Can Europe remain a “Normative Power,” a force for liberalism, democracy and the rule of law in the world, in the face of rising powers and resurgent authoritarianism?

The Council for European Studies (CES) seeks proposals that explore these questions and the quality of resilience in Europe. It encourages proposals from the widest range of disciplines and, in particular, proposals that combine disciplines, nationalities, and generations. CES invites proposals for panels, roundtables, book discussions and individual papers on the study of Europe, broadly defined, and strongly encourages participants to submit their proposals as part of an organized panel. Full panel proposals will be given top priority in the selection process. To form panels, participants may find it useful to connect with like-minded scholars through the many CES research networks.

Proposals may be submitted from August 17 to October 1, 2015. Participants will be notified of the Committee’s decisions by December 10, 2015. Information on how to submit will be posted on the Council’s website and disseminated through its newsletter. To subscribe to the CES newsletter, join the CES mailing list today.

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X. Call for Papers: Urban History Group 2016

The Urban History Group will meet for its annual conference at the University of Cambridge from 31 March to 1 April 2016, with attendees discussing the theme of “Re-Evaluating the Place of the City in History.” The conference organizers have invited proposals for both individual papers and panel topics related to the central theme of the meeting. The deadline for abstract submissions is 2 October 2015. More information on this exciting event, including proposal instructions and opportunities for funding, can be found at the following link:

XI. Book of the Month

Summer 2015: The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution

Reviewed by Satu Lidman, University of Turku

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